Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
President: Maryam Belly [email]
BLSA sponsors academic, career-oriented, social, and community activities and services. BLSA is an official chapter of the National Black Law Student Association, and provides academic support and encouragement to minority students through programs that include exam writing workshops, brief writing seminars, and oral argument practice sessions. BLSA’s career-oriented activities include job fairs at national and regional conventions, networking forums with the Black Law Alumni Association, and seminars on networking skills. BLSA’s involvement in community service, which includes the group’s Youth Shadow program and annual clothes drive for the homeless, is aimed at educating minorities in the Washington, D.C., area schools about opportunities in the field of law and providing legal and non-legal services to the local community. In order to help promote and support a diverse student body at the Law School, BLSA members participate in the recruitment of minority students and provide information to the Law School community about the contributions of members of the African-American community to the field of law. BLSA also sponsors extracurricular activities through its Buddy program and social functions with other area law school BLSA chapters.