Harvard Law School Association

Club and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)
Annual Allocation

Funding Stucture and Process

The HLS Alumni Relations Office processes one funding allocation request per Club/SIG each year. This is held in coordination with the annual Certification process that each HLSA Club/SIG participates in. The event(s) captured in the annual Certification and funding allocation process must be organized in the current academic year (July 1st to June 30th). These event(s) must be organized and addressed for alumni; a Club/SIG Committee or Board of Directors meeting will not qualify for the purpose of the funding allocation. 

 

Effective February 18, 2020, all HLSA Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) must have established a bank account and complete the necessary forms provided by the HLS Alumni Relations Office to be eligible to receive any funding. If your organization has not received funding in the past, but is now eligible, please contact hlsa@law.harvard.edu in order to start the online registration process required for financial transactions.
 
HLSA funding will not be sent to personal bank accounts. All HLSA Clubs/SIGs are responsible for paying vendors for all expenses incurred. The HLS Alumni Relations Office will no longer process payment directly to vendors on behalf of the HLSA Clubs/SIGs.

 

Some events could be co-sponsored by multiple Clubs and SIGs. In such case, each Club and SIG actively involved in the organization and hosting of the event are entitled to count the event for the funding allocation.

 

Funding Allocation - Clubs

The first level funding criteria is available to all Geographic Clubs:

 

1st Level Criteria
$2 per alum (at least 2 events organized in the prior year to be eligible to receive the funds).

2nd Level Criteria (all Geographic Clubs excluding the three largest Clubs)
A Club is eligible for additional funding if the Club:

 

  1. is in compliance with the annual registration finalized through the Certification process,
  2. has organized a certain number of events (see chart below), including at least one event with either a SIG or an alumni association from another Harvard School, in the prior year,
  3. regularly updates the alumni office regarding events and local activities and has these events posted to the HLSA Global Events Calendar,
  4. follows a succession plan for election of new officers per the Club bylaws.
     

 

Events per year

Funding

Tier 1

3 - 6

Extra $1,500

Tier 2

7 - 10+

Extra $2,500

 

Note: If a Club exceeds the Tier 1 event threshold, hosting seven or more events, the funding from both tiers will be combined. For example, a Club hosts eight events, they will receive $1,500 + $2,500 = $4,000.
 

The below funding criteria is available to the three largest Geographic Clubs:

The three largest Clubs are defined by the number of alumni in each Club’s region. For the 2020 – 2021 Allocation process, the three largest Clubs are – HLSA of New York City, HLSA of Washington, DC, and HLSA of Massachusetts. 

 

 

Events per year

Funding

Tier 1

6 - 9

Extra $1,000

Tier 2

10+

Extra $1,000

 

Note: The events per year are slightly higher for the three largest Geographic Clubs in view of the funding received under the First Level Criteria and the availability of local sponsorship in largest markets.

 

If you anticipate requesting a Tier 1 or Tier 2 bonus (in addition to your base funding under the 1st Level Criteria), do not submit your allocation request until the required number of events has been hosted/scheduled on your online calendar.

Funding Allocation - Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)
 

 

Events per year

Funding

Tier 1

1 - 2

$1,000

Tier 2

3

$2,000

Tier 3

4 - 6+

$6,000


Note: SIGs are only eligible for one of the funding tiers above.