Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

The purpose of the Black Law Students Association is to provide a supportive academic and social atmosphere to foster our development as Black Attorneys and to facilitate our inclusion into the American legal system.

We accomplish this by working closely with a number of groups and organizations. Internally, these include our faculty advisors, the Southwestern faculty and staff, our outstanding pool of alumni, and the Southwestern Student Bar Association. We also tap into a number of local and national bar associations. In the past, BLSA members have competed successfully in the National Black Law Students Association's (NBLSA) Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and participated in Southwestern's Honors Programs.

You can look to your BLSA chapter for support in a number of arenas. We offer academic support in the form of student mentoring, study groups, workshops, a library of study aids, and the BLSA Book Grant and Scholarship Program. We are a social outlet with potlucks and informal gatherings, culminating in the annual BLSA Graduate Banquet. We also contribute to the community at large through the adopt-a-school program.

Our mission is to provide kinship, support, unity, and guidance. Attending law school is among the most challenging things you will do. From Orientation to Graduation, our goal is to help you succeed.

Members of the Southwestern Community may view a list of Student Organization contacts on MySouthwestern (log-in required). All others may contact the SBA Office for additional information.

NEWS RELEASE - March 25, 2011

(from left) Ryan Bonner, Courtney Collins and Gerri Marshall
Three-Peat: BLSA Negotiation Team Wins National Convention Competition 

At the 43rd Annual National Black Law Students Association Convention held in Houston, Texas, Southwestern's BLSA chapter dominated once again. The team of second-year day students Gerri Marshall and Ryan Bonner won First Place in the Negotiation Competition, receiving the 2011 NBLSA International Negotiations Competition Pratima Narayan Award. This is the third consecutive year that Southwestern's BLSA chapter has won this competition. Read more.


Southwestern's BLSA Chapter with the Chapter of the Year AwardSouthwestern's BLSA Chapter Excels at Regional Convention

At the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Western Regional Convention held in Las Vegas, Southwestern's chapter performed exceptionally well, racking up several awards and accolades in appellate and trial advocacy as well as chapter achievements. Read more.