Student Organizations & Activities

CLIC (Community Legal Information Center)

CLIC provides free legal information to the Chico community as well as surrounding areas. California State University, Chico student paralegal interns staff CLIC and provide free legal information in the forms of seminars, workshops, and limited representation to clients in administrative law hearings. To find out about opportunities to participate as an intern, visit their Web site, or call 898-4354.

CJSA (Criminal Justice Student Association)

The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) is an organization for students interested in the field of criminal justice. CJSA organizes activities to help students succeed in their chosen professions. For example, they have hosted résumé workshops, job recruiters, and information sessions regarding how to interview well. They also plan activities that are of interest to members such as prison tours and inviting professionals to talk about their careers. The organization is open to all CSU, Chico students interested in criminal justice, not just criminal justice majors. Contact faculty advisor, Professor Ryan Patten at, for more information.


GAPSS (Graduate Association of Political Science Students)

GAPSS provides graduate students with an opportunity to network, strategize about careers and classes, and get to know each other outside of the seminar environment. Contact Professor Weber,, faculty advisor, for more information.

Model United Nations

Chico 's Model UN students have earned an international reputation for excellence during the past 15 years. Interested students take POLS 442 in the fall semester and compete at the American West conference in mid-November. The top performers then take POLS 340A and 340B in the spring to prepare for the National Model UN Conference (usually mid-spring semester). In 2005 more than 3200 students (40 percent from colleges outside the U.S.) competed, representing over 230 delegations. Contact Professor Crosby, faculty advisor. For more information visit their Web site

Pi Sigma Alpha

Chico State is home to the Upsilon Delta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Applications can be obtained from the political science department office. For more information, contact Professor Gibson,, faculty advisor.

Pre-Law Society

The CSU, Chico Pre-Law Society is a student-run organization that is devoted to providing the prospective law students at CSU, Chico with the opportunity to learn more about law school and the legal profession. The organization accomplishes this goal by hosting a diverse program of workshops, guest speakers, publications, and events. The CSU, Chico Pre-Law Society also sponsors and participates in campus events and field trips to area law schools and functions. Members can expect to develop a better understanding of the law school admissions process and preparedness for the LSAT. The organization is open to prospective law students of all majors. Contact Professor Mahalley Allen,, faculty advisor, for more information.


SCAR (Student Coalition Advocating Reform)

The Student Coalition Advocating Reform  (SCAR) is an organization for students interested in the improvement of the U.S. criminal justice system. Echoing many criminal justice system  workers’ claim of widespread and systematic dysfunctionality and injustice, members of SCAR participate in a variety of  activities that seek to educate, inspire, and cause change in the way we think and act to bring justice in our communities. Activities are ongoing, and change according to current members’ desires and goals.  Currently activities include mentoring of children whose parents are imprisoned, co-organizing the upcoming Chico State Spring 2009 Restorative Justice Teach-in, working with other California reform groups to impact reform legislation and more.  The organization is open to all CSU, Chico students interested in criminal justice and not just criminal justice majors. Contact Professor Michael Coyle, SCAR faculty advisor, at for more information or visit


Studium is a student journal on political science. The journal contains articles about politics by students from all disciplines. The journal is edited and produced by students enrolled in POLS 480. For more information, visit their Web site or contact the faculty advisors, Professor Barrios at or Professor Weber at