The Christian Legal Society is a non-profit, non-denominational organization of Christian lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students whose members profess to follow the "commandment of Jesus" to "do justice with the love of God." (Luke 11:42; Matthew 23:23.) The organization, which is based in the United States, was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1961 by four lawyers who had met at a convention of the American Bar Association in 1959 to pray together. It has since grown to include 90 attorney chapters, 165 law school chapters, and four unincorporated ministry divisions.
CLS is a non-denominational Christian membership association of lawyers, judges, law professors, law students, and other associates (friends of CLS who do not have a law degree) whose members participate in the broad and rich variety of Christian congregational life and traditions. Membership in the Christian Legal Society is open to all who believe in and sign CLS’ Statement of Faith. As most recently reaffirmed by CLS’ Board of Directors on May 4, 1996, CLS "affirms that the Society welcomes believers in Jesus Christ of all denominations and traditions consistent with the Christian Legal Society Statement of Faith."
CLS' goals are: To provide a means of society among Christian lawyers; To clarify and promote the concept of the Christian lawyer; To encourage and aid deserving young students in preparing for the legal profession; To provide a forum for the discussion of problems relating to Christianity and law; To cooperate with bar associations and other organizations in asserting and maintaining high standards of legal ethics; and to defend religious freedom and the sanctity of life through the legal system.