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.
NEWS RELEASE - March 5, 2015
The Hon. Allen J. Webster, Jr. '71, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, was presented with the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus Award by Southwestern’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) during the organization's 3rd Annual Outstanding Alumni Reception held in February. Established by BLSA in 2013, the event is designed "to inspire current students, create networking opportunities, and give much deserved recognition to alumni who impact the community." Read more (opens in a new window)
NEWS RELEASE - April 17, 2014
For Ashley Williams, education has been her salvation. It has given her a strong sense of purpose and enabled her to help other people who have endured the same kind of difficult childhood that she experienced growing up in the foster care system. One of her biggest priorities is to show foster youth that they can choose a good path in life, and she leads by example.
“I knew I wanted to go to law school when I got into the Law Magnet Program at Dorsey High School,” she said. “Ever since then, I have been involved in a lot of activism.” Read more (opens in a new window)
NEWS RELEASE - March 3, 2014Southwestern students took First Place at the Western Regional Rounds of the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) Mock Trial Competition. At the rounds held at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in January, the team of Shani Harris, Alex Hobson, Justin Rabi and Davetta Selma defeated the University of San Francisco School of Law, Phoenix School of Law and the University of Washington (last year's champions) in the semi-finals. Read more (opens in a new window)
NEWS RELEASE - April 8, 2013
Southwestern PLEAS student Jonathan Evans has been elected to serve as Attorney General to the Read more (opens in a new window)(NBLSA) Board for the 2013-2014 academic year. In this position, he will research legal issues facing the African-American community, prepare memoranda to increase awareness for NBLSA members, and prepare amicus curiae briefs to support cases affecting the African American Community.