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Mission & Constitution
Each year over fifty Yale Law School students are active members of the Yale Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Our members are overwhelmingly students of African descent and/or students with a particular interest in the pan-African community. BLSA represents each of these individuals, serves as a collective voice, and provides each member with a supportive community which cultivates success during and after their law school experience. In addition, BLSA attempts to foster an awareness of and commitment to the needs of black communities around the world. We aim to assure BLSA members ultimately retain this awareness and commitment as they move into their professional careers as attorneys.
Each year, BLSA leverages the diverse strengths and talents of its members to serve both the Law School and New Haven community in various ways. During any given year, BLSA works towards organizing community service efforts, professional development workshops, social activities, cultural and political events, recruitment and retention outreach, and alumni mentorship opportunities. BLSA’s active participation in ongoing service projects reflects its deep commitment to both the Yale and New Haven communities. In addition, BLSA has raised thousands of dollars and donated countless hours to help local and international causes.
Strong partnerships are crucial to the fulfillment of BLSA’s organizational goals. As a result, we are always seeking to foster strong relationships with law firms and corporate sponsors, neighboring BLSA chapters and the national chapter, and both the Yale University and New Haven communities. Please feel free to contact us with ideas, thoughts, and suggestions.
The Yale Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a student organization composed of Yale Law School students concerned with issues affecting members of the African Diaspora. The purpose of BLSA is to support and advance the interests of its members and the broader Black community. In this effort, BLSA focuses on the recruitment and development of Black law students and seeks to build relationships between current students and alumni. We also encourage the academic and professional development of BLSA members by informing them of employment and educational opportunities and by supporting their efforts to take advantage of them.
To expand BLSA's impact beyond the walls of the Law School and elite professional circles, we engage in community service within the New Haven community and beyond as well as political action on issues of local, state, national, and global import. Lastly, BLSA encourages social interaction between its members to foster meaningful networks, which are crucial to success in the legal profession.
View the Yale Black Law Students Association Constitution (PDF)