The Executive Council governs the YLS. It is comprised of a maximum of 27 members, namely, the Chairperson, elected or appointed council members (which includes the Chairperson-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer), the immediate past Chairperson, and the Law Student Representative. Council members include 6 representatives from District 1 (Macomb & Wayne Counties), 8 from District 2 (Oakland County), and 10 from District 3 (All Counties not in Districts 1 and 2). The chair is the chief executive officer who directs the activities, committees, and projects of the YLS.
The expectations for Executive Council members are as follows:
- Attend Executive Council meetings (Executive Council seats are declared vacant if a member has 2 consecutive unexcused absences or misses 3 meetings during the Bar year for any reason)
- Develop and Implement at least one project during the Bar year
- Submit an Annual Report of a project
The activities of the YLS are governed by the Bylaws of the YLS. Most YLS activities consist of projects and programs that benefit young lawyers and fit within one of the Bylaws. The projects and programs that arise from the Bylaws take place during a Bar year that commences on the 1st of October and ends on the last day of September. Projects must be approved by a majority of Executive Council members before being implemented.