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The 2013-2014 National Chapter of the Year, executed by the Community Service Team, is one that has made a difference in its communities, and has improved the quality of its law school by enhancing social awareness and communal activism while representing the ideals and executing the initiatives of NBLSA.

Overview

NBLSA's Chapter of the Year is determined by factoring: chapter programming; member participation in national, regional, and local programming; and chapter size.

Chapter programming will be assessed using the Chapter of the Year Rubric. Chapters have the opportunity to highlight their programming in (1) the application (2) the scrapbook and event documentation, and (3) the interview.

All regions will use the national rubric and application. Each chapter will be graded on a numeric scale and can receive up to a total of 100 points to obtain a raw score. This raw score will be taken into account along with participation and chapter size to determine the final score.

It is critical that chapters take attendance at all events and submit a master sign in sheet with the names of all members in their chapter and the events that they attended in the Chapter of the Year application. The participation score will be given based on what percentage of the chapter participated in at least three events during the year including: one (1) community service event and one (1) academic/career event.

PAST WINNERS

2011-2012: Florida State University College of Law
2010-2011: Florida State University College of Law
2009-2010: Southwestern Law School
2008-2009: William & Mary Law School
2007-2008: Harvard University School of Law
2006-2007: University of Virginia School of Law

2013 - 2014 Chapter of the Year Guide

Please find included in this guide the Chapter of the Year (COY) Scoring Formula and Rubric. Every region will use this national rubric and application and each chapter will be graded on a numeric scale and can receive up to a total of 265 points to obtain a raw score. This raw score will be your final score.

It is critical that chapters submit a master sign in sheet with the names of all members in their chapter and the events that they attended. Participation is worth 30 points.

I. There are three parts to the process of becoming Chapter of the Year:
a. The Application
b. The Scrapbook and Event Documentation
c. The Interview

This year three Chapter of the Year Awards will be disseminated. Chapters will be categorized as "Large," "Medium," or "Small" based on their membership. (Large = 40+ Members; Medium = 20-40 members; Small = Less than 20 members) A chapter in each category will receive a Chapter of the Year award, so your chapter will only be competing against chapters of comparable size.

Please read the COY Scoring Rubric carefully and in its entirety prior to the start of the academic school year. Each part contains vital information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shantrice Anderson, National Director of Community Service at communityservice@nblsa.org.

Chapter of the Year Grading Rubric

Chapter of the Year FAQ

Chapter of the Year Application

2013 Chapter of the Year Application
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