About The Students' Law Society - Structure
The University of Windsor Students' Law Society (SLS) operates under a Constitution, a set of By-laws and the resolutions of Council.
Council is the governing body of the SLS and is the representative body of all students at Windsor Law. All councillors, including the executive, are elected by the law students and do not receive any financial compensation for their positions.
The Executive Committee is a subset of Council and normally consists of the President and the Vice Presidents. Most decisions Council is empowered to make may be made by the Executive Committee. In addition, the President and each Vice President have specific roles assigned to them. The President is the chief executive and administrative officer and the primary representative of the SLS and Council. The Vice Presidents assist the President and fulfil the duties of the President where the President is absent according to the following order: VP Operations, VP Finance, and then VP Academic.
Also serving on Council are the Year & Program Representatives. Each year’s class in the LL.B. program has one representative. There is one representative for all years of the JD/LL.B. program. There is also one representative for students in the Part-Time LL.B. program.
In addition, a seat is reserved on Council for each Faculty of Law, Faculty Council Student Representative. The number of Faculty Council Representatives on Council varies according to the number of faculty members with voting privileges on Faculty Council. The division of these positions among years and programs is set out in the SLS By-laws. Faculty Council is the academic decision-making body of the Faculty of Law.
Similarly, a seat is reserved on Council for each Law Representative on the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA). The number of UWSA Law Representatives varies according to the rules of the UWSA. The UWSA is the official representative to the University of Windsor of all full-time undergraduate students.
Council appoints a Council Chair who also serves as the Chief Electoral Officer. Council also appoints an Administrator, who provides secretarial services.
Matters pertaining to Council are set out in the Constitution and By-laws.
Committees are part of the structure of the Students' Law Society (SLS). Standing Committees are set-out in By-law, though ad-hoc committees may also be formed from time to time. Committees play an important role in enabling the SLS to carry out its mandate.
Each Committee is under the purview of the President or a Vice President, with most Committees being supervised by the VP Operations. The President serves ex-officio to every Committee. No Committee member receives any financial compensation for their position.
Committees are appointed by Council, normally upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee. These appointments are generally made as one of the first orders of business of the new Council in early April, each year.
The budgets for Committees are part of the overall SLS budget and thus remain subject to approval of Council.
Matters pertaining to Committees are set out in the By-laws.
While the Students' Law Society (SLS) often establishes relationships with the many clubs at Windsor Law, unlike Committees, clubs exist separately from the SLS.
Other Bodies and Positions
From time to time, the Students' Law Society (SLS) creates additional bodies and positions to fulfil the functions of the organization.
Students at Windsor Law are encouraged to bring forward proposals for special projects they themselves wish to undertake. Much of the programming that is now standard and effectively serves many people began as one Windsor Law student’s novel idea.