Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) Student Council Terms of Reference

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) Student Council Terms of Reference

The primary responsibilities of the ACL Student Council are:

  • To represent the interests of the ACL Student Body (ACL Trainee Members) to ACL Council, and the Management Board of ACL Training (ACLT)
  • To engage with and support the activities of ACL Council in delivering the strategic and business plans of the ACL
  • To work with the Management Board of ACLT to monitor and feed back on the quality of study programmes, student opinions and satisfaction, and support from ACLT and ACL
  • To encourage and facilitate communications within the Student Body, such as online groups and social events, in support of the management team at ACLT

The primary methods of achieving these responsibilities are:

  • Being contactable by student members at studentcouncil@costslawyer.co.uk to respond to queries and requests
  • Representing the interests of ACL Student Body (ACL Trainee Members) at ACL Council meetings and committee meetings
  • Engaging with the student body via social media, forum polls and feedback

Elections

The Student Council comprises nine members, one of whom will be elected as Chair by Student Council members.  With three positions reserved for each year group of ACLT. Student Council members must be enrolled in the ACLT Costs Lawyer course.

Elections will take place within the first three months of each calendar year during which time three new members from the current first year of ACLT will be elected to represent their year throughout the course for three years. At the end of each year the final year council members will resign their positions but, where possible, continue in an interim position until the next set of elections. Elections will be open to anyone from the first year of ACLT and, where necessary, other vacant positions will also be put up for election and open to the respective year group to which they relate. Elections will be performed by online secret ballot.

Removing/Resigning Council Members

Although council members are elected to represent their year group throughout the three year course, council members may choose to resign their position. A petition carrying the signatures of 5% of the full student membership is required to trigger a vote of no confidence in any one SC member, or a majority vote of ACL Council. A vote of no confidence will then be conducted in the same manner as the original election. In the alternative a 2/3 majority of the SC can also remove a member of the SC. In the event of early retirement or removal from a position, the Student Council will co-opt an interim member, if they so wish, to act on SC until the next election.

Composition of Student Council

Once elected, the Student Council will elect from itself a Chair and Vice-Chair. The Chair will be responsible for chairing council meetings and attending ACL Council Meetings to represent the Student Council. If necessary, an additional interim member of the Student Council may be appointed to replace the Chair's standard responsibilities. The Student Council will then appoint its members equally to three committees, with (where possible) one member from each year group sitting on each, to work in conjunction with the committees of the ACL Council, namely Policy, Education and PR & Marketing.

Student Council Meetings

The whole of the Student Council is required to meet, by whatever methods deemed appropriate, at least once every three months, and at least twice in person annually. Student Council will be deemed quorate if five members are present.

SC Committee Objectives:

Policy

  • To work collaboratively with the ACL Policy Committee to further the interest of the ACL
  • To represent the student voice of ACL members in the building and shaping over overall ACL policy decisions
  • To represent the future of the profession in legal policy forums in which the ACL is asked to input

Education

  • To work collaboratively with the ACL Education Committee to further the interests of the ACL
  • To represent the interests of the students in ACLT decision processes and policy decisions
  • To gather and process feedback on examination and general education issues and to work collaboratively with the ACL Education Committee

PR&M

  • To work collaboratively with the ACL PR & Marketing Committee to further the interests of the ACL
  • To support and work alongside the ACL Education Committee in generating interest in the profession from potential future students
  • To promote the profession as an alternative legal profession to young people and graduates