Christian Legal Society

zimmermanby Liesel Zimmerman, Class of 2018

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a student organization dedicated to providing opportunities for members to grow in their faith while learning what it looks like to be a Christian in the legal field. CLS is open to people of all denominations, and welcomes anyone interested in simply learning more about who God is.

There are several ways to get involved in CLS. Every week, the fellowship comes together for a time of student-led worship, prayer, and Bible Study. After reading a Bible passage, group discussion centers on relevant and relatable topics that teach us how we can praise God in our day-to-day lives as law students. By building a solid foundation on scripture, students can develop a worldview that will help us stand firm in our beliefs as we enter the legal profession.

In addition to the large group Bible Study setting, members can also choose to be part of a “Small Group.” These gatherings of 3-4 men or women meet once a week to either read a book or study scripture together. Small Groups give people the opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level, and to serve as a support system for each other. These are people to “do life with,” who seek to bear each other’s burdens and to cheer each other on. The aim of Small Groups is for students to grow closer to one another while we grow closer to God, and to have fun in the process!


On Wednesday mornings, members meet bright and early at 7:30am for a time of prayer before classes start. Not only do we pray for personal prayer requests, but also for the faculty, staff, and students of the law school, as well as the Williamsburg community. Outside of these weekly meetings, CLS also holds a variety of events to give students fun things to do to get their minds off of their classwork! The organization hosts such events as the Welcome Back Barbeque at the Gradplex, and Pumpkin Picking in the fall.


All of the many aspects of CLS create a welcoming environment for students to grow and glorify God as they pursue the study of law. Law and justice are important to us, and they are important to God as well. As the psalmist writes in Psalm 33:5, “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.”

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