Student Organizations

 

The Department is proud to host and support a number of student-run organizations that contribute to the intellectual and social life of the university. Below you will find brief descriptions of these organizations.

College Republicans
The College Republicans is an organization that is open to anyone who is interested in being involved in the Republican Party and the political process. The club encourages awareness of Republican candidates and follows the platform of the National Republican Party. The Club is involved in Political Awareness Week along with other events around La Salle’s campus.

College Democrats
The College Democrats is an organization that is open to anyone who is interested in being involved in the Democratic Party and the political process. The Club encourages awareness of Democratic candidates and follows the platform of the Democratic National Party. The Club is involved in Political Awareness Week along with other events around La Salle’s campus. For more information, contact the faculty advisor Mary Ellen Balchunis at balchuni@lasalle.edu.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
Students eligible for Pi Sigma Alpha (minimum of 75 credit hours completed, 3.4 GPA both overall and in the POL or PAD major, and a minimum of 5 political science courses completed at La Salle) are invited to join La Salle’s chapter. Those students accepting the invitation are inducted into the honor society during the spring semester and receive medallions to be worn at graduation. For more information, contact the faculty advisor Mary Ellen Balchunis at balchuni@lasalle.edu.

The Student Government Association
The Students’ Government Association (SGA) is the officially recognized representative of the student body. The main role of the SGA is to serve as a liaison between students and administration in order to enrich the academic integrity and social environment of the La Salle community. SGA protects individual interests through collective action and fosters academic freedom, academic responsibility, and student rights. Elected members of SGA sit on all university committees.

The Students’ Government Association is comprised of 25 elected members. The SGA consists of an executive board and a senate. The executive board members consist of a President, and Executive Vice-President of Student Affairs, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Vice-President of Public Affairs, and Vice President of Business Affairs. The senate is comprised of 5 members from each class. SGA elections for both the executive board and senate are in early April.

St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society
The St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society is an officially recognized organization on La Salle’s campus and was established to foster awareness and to provide information to those La Salle students interested in a career in the legal field. The Pre-Law Society is open to any student with an interest in working in the law. The Pre-Law Society invites practicing lawyers and law school admissions officers to campus to speak about specific legal topics. Student officers are elected in the fall of each year. The Pre-Law Society assists students to understand the nature of the law school admissions process, prepare for the LSAT examination, and decide whether or not go to law school after graduation. For more information, contact faculty advisor Michael R. Dillon at dillonm@lasalle.edu.

Gavel Society
The Gavel Society is the University’s debate society. It is run by students and participates in a wide range of city and regional competitions. It is open to students of all majors. For more information, contact the faculty advisor Michael Boyle at boylem@lasalle.edu.

The La Salle Mock Trial Association
Initially formed in 2008-2009 The La Salle Mock Trial Association is an officially recognized organization on the La Salle’s campus open to students of all years and all majors. Utilizing a national competition case presented each year, students prepare and practice for their roles as plaintiff/defense attorneys or as witnesses. The team travels to and has successfully competed in competitions at the Coast Guard Academy, Princeton, Penn, and Villanova. The team also inaugurated a very successful High School Mock Trial Tournament held on La Salle’s campus each January. For more information, contact the faculty advisor Michael R. Dillon at dillonm@lasalle.edu.

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