Student group navigates ‘how to be Christian in law school’

The Christian Legal Society is a small group of students aligned with the national organization whose purpose is to “seek justice with the love of God.” Every week over the lunch hour, students meet at the Burge Union for Bible studies pertaining to different aspects of law and faith. Students discuss, share and encourage one another as we all experience the same trials, tribulations and joys that come with being a law student. The environment is relaxed and all denominations are welcome.

Last semester, CLS brought to campus Judge Eric Melgren of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Judge Melgren, who has been a long-time member of the CLS national organization, spoke to the Green Hall community about his experiences as both a judge and a Christian. He commented on how his requirements as a judge interact with his faith and provided helpful insights on how to handle the challenges that are presented to Christian students and lawyers. Additionally, last semester, members of CLS purchased presents for three children through the Toys for Tots program in Lawrence. It was a wonderful experience to be able to share our many blessings by giving to those in need.

One topic that CLS has discussed at great length is essentially “how to be Christian in law school.” Under this topic come questions about whether the law school environment (and the legal profession in general) encourage or discourage a Christian perspective, ways to keep God first throughout the day, and how to manage conflicts that arise between law and faith. CLS would like to encourage anyone who may be interested in these topics or has specific questions to come to the weekly meetings and share your thoughts and ideas!

Lauren Kohn, President, Christian Legal Society