Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

The purpose of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to provide a supportive environment that supports the educational, professional, and social needs of Black law students, law students of color, and the greater law school community.

Our mission to support academic and professional achievement in our community is the guiding principle underlying all of our activities.  BLSA directly supports the academic achievement of our members through student mentoring, skills sessions, workshops, a library of study aids, and the BLSA Book Grant and Scholarship Program. 

Southwestern’s BLSA chapter works closely with a number of groups and organizations. Internally, these include our faculty advisors, our outstanding pool of alumni, and the Student Bar Association. Externally, BLSA maintains relationships with a number of local and national bar associations.  We partner with these groups to hold events with attorneys and judges throughout the year to help students become familiar with a wide range of careers. These alliances help to foster and encourage academic excellence, professional competence, and networking opportunities.

BLSA members have competed successfully in the National Black Law Students Association's (NBLSA) Frederick Douglass Moot Court and Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competitions. Additionally, BLSA students are represented in all of Southwestern's Honors Programs.

BLSA hosts social events throughout the year, providing opportunities to bond with fellow Southwestern BLSA members and sometimes other local BLSA chapters. We also contribute to the community at large through community service projects and outreach.

The end of each school year culminates with the annual BLSA Graduation and Awards Banquet, an evening of celebration where we recognize BLSA members for their academic achievements. 

Students, faculty and staff of Southwestern may view a list of current Student Organization contacts on MySouthwestern (log-in required). All others may contact the Student Affairs Office at (213) 738-6716 or for additional information.

NEWS RELEASE - January 13, 2016

Alexa Whiteside and Yanick Saila-NgitaAt the Western Regional Black Law Student Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, which was held at the University of San Diego last week, Southwestern’s team of Yanick Saila-Ngita and Alexa Whiteside dominated the event. They won First Place Team, Best Respondent Brief, and Saila-Ngita was named Best Oral Advocate. Read more (opens in a new window)

NEWS RELEASE - March 5, 2015

BLSA Board members with Hon. Allen WebsterThe 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

Ashley Williams

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, 2014

Southwestern NBLSA team takes first place at Western Regional Rounds
Southwestern 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)