The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), formerly known as PANA, is a coalition of Yale Law School students and alumni that seeks to promote community among its members and to create a more diverse educational environment. Every year, we have a full calendar of academic, professional, social, and cultural events. We host panel talks on various topics, such as Asian-American voting rights and political participation, lunch and dinner receptions with different Asian-American faculty members, job search panels, and annual Lunar New Year and Alumni banquets. We also work with the other affinity groups to provide personal and professional support for minority students. Specific initiatives include recruiting students of color and broadening cross-racial dialogue through discussions of issues affecting people of color and the role of law in addressing these concerns.

Historically, APALSA has shared strong ties with the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and continues to serve as a community for students of Native American descent through the APALSA-NALSA alliance, a coalition that organizes academic, professional, social, cultural, and service activities to build community among its members and to create a more diverse educational environment.  APALSA also collaborates extensively with the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and engagement with South Asian American and South Asian cultural, legal, political, and social justice issues.

Read the APALSA Charter (PDF)

Prospective Students

Yale APALSA is committed to building an APA community at Yale Law. Our goal is to be a resource for prospective students and new admits. We are here to answer questions or concerns you might have about the law school community.

For those who have not yet been admitted to Yale Law, we wish you the best of luck. More information is available on the Admissions site. For a closer and more personal glimpse into YLS life, visit the Student Life page. For specific questions about the admissions process, and about what activities APALSA organizes for incoming students, please contact our Membership Chairs, Christine Kwon and Shelle Shimizu. A calendar of events we have hosted in previous years is also available at Past Events.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to become involved with APALSA, please contact our co-chairs, Sophia Wang and Ethan Wong on the “Current Executive Board” page.