diversity at bc law
The diversity of the student body and the sense of community at the Law School are reflected in a range of student organizations.
Student groups sponsor programs individually and in coordination with one another. Among their combined efforts is the annual Diversity Month, featuring events and colloquia that span a variety of cultures and ideas. The School’s Asian-American, African-American and Latino student organizations are particularly active, offering tutorials and assisting with housing, as well as sponsoring campus and community programs.
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) promotes the academic, political, and career-related interests of Asian Pacific Americans. APALSA’s programs include peer-to-peer and practitioner-to-student mentoring, Q&A career panels, networking receptions, and an annual spring banquet. APALSA sponsors colloquia and film presentations to raise awareness of APA-related law issues, and provides an income tax assistance program in Chinatown as well as an elementary school tutoring program.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) works to sensitize the legal establishment to the needs of the Black community, to promote the needs of Black students, and aid in the recruitment, retention, and placement of students of color. BLSA encourages professional competence through academic and career workshops, and sponsors programs such as the annual Kwanzaa celebration, a Heritage dinner featuring a prominent African-American legal professional as the keynote speaker. BLSA works with area chapters and the Black Alumni Network to develop its programs. BAN members represent a wide range of legal special- ties and are mentors for current BLSA students.
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) promotes the discussion of Jewish issues pertaining to legal education and the practice of law. The association’s projects include a speaker series, luncheons and observance of Jewish holidays.
"There is a real sense of community here. Not only are the professors extraordinarily dedicated, but BC students are eager and happy to see their peers succeed."
Class of 2013, Boston College Law School
Lambda is a BC Law coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students, staff, faculty and supporters who foster a supportive social network, educate the community about LGBT identities, sponsor panels on legal issues affecting LGBT individuals, promote diversity in the law school and the legal profession, and strive toward equality before the law.
The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) promotes Latino issues through campus programs and outreach efforts serving the Latino community. LALSA strives to mentor Latino students at BC Law and assist them through the first year. LALSA hosts events with the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Hispanic National Bar Association, and LALSA organizations nationwide.
The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) seeks to promote awareness of Native American legal issues and culture at Boston College Law School. The group encourages the study of Federal Indian and tribal law and supports diversity on the BC Law campus in recruiting and professional development. During each academic year NALSA sponsors on and off campus events related to both tribal law and Native American culture as well as facilitate student attendance of regional conferences. Each spring the group helps organize a service trip to Navajo Nation, which allows law students an opportunity to provide much-needed legal aid and governmental support on the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona. NALSA welcomes all interested students from all backgrounds to explore and develop an interest Native American culture and law.
The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) was created to recognize the unique needs of South Asians engaged in a legal education. SALSA strives to provide its members with the academic, professional, and cultural tools they need to be successful students, lawyers, and community members. Due to the small number of Middle Eastern students at BC Law, SALSA also provides a space for students who identify with that region of the world.
Students have many opportunities to join other student groups. Some provide service to the community, address the spiritual dimensions of student life, and provide research opportunities in areas such as children’s rights, environmental law and international human rights. Other organizations explore arts and media law, alternative dispute resolution, legal concerns of the homeless and women in the law.