Diversity in Student Organizations

While the faculty, administration, and staff work closely with one another to provide an academic and administrative framework to support our students’ academic endeavors, the students themselves bring a special energy to collaborations with those supporters and among themselves. The student organizations related to underrepresented populations may also team up to plan and execute a variety of programs related to the study and practice of law.

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Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

APALSA represents and supports the Asian Pacific American community at AUWCL and is open to all students. APALSA provides opportunities to network with legal professionals and facilitates student involvement in broader issues relevant to the Asian Pacific American community. 1Ls can interact with upper-level mentors to help ease the transition into law school. For more information, email apalsa@wcl.american.edu.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

BLSA at AUWCL is committed to creating an enriching academic and cultural environment for all members of the AUWCL and D.C. legal communities by sponsoring events, services, and conferences that seek to educate and empower all. BLSA is dedicated to maintaining solidarity between current and former African-American AUWCL students and providing opportunities for members to contribute to the legal profession and reach their full  potential. For more information, e-mail blsa@wcl.american.edu.

Lambda Law Society

Lambda strives to promote acceptance and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at AUWCL. Lambda Law Society seeks this goal through panels, films, student discussions, and partnership with GAYLAW and the National LGBT Bar Association. For more information please visit www.wcl.american.edu/org/lambda.

Latino/a Law Students' Association (LaLSA)

LaLSA provides a forum for discussion of Latino issues important to AUWCL students. LaLSA promotes Latino participation in the legal community through programs designed to assist students in all aspects of student life. Programming includes networking opportunities, mentorship, seminars, community service projects, and debates.  LaLSA co-hosts  the Hispanic Law Conference. LaLSA also gives annual scholarships to high school students. For more information, visit www.wcl.american.edu/org/lalsa

The Modern American

The Modern American, founded in 2005, is a student run publication dedicated to diversity and the law. It is known for addressing controversial issues, specifically those that affect systemically marginalized people, marginalized experiences, and the complexities within marginalized communities. The Modern American enlightens its readers both through its publication and a diversity symposium, which is held during the Founders’ Celebration each spring. For more information, visit www.wcl.american.edu/modernamerican.

South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)

SALSA represents the South Asian community at AUWCL and seeks to promote greater cultural understanding through a variety of events and programming including career-oriented and social activities with the South Asian Bar Association (SABA); the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA); and other local SALSAs. SALSA has also co-sponsored the National South Asian Summit at AUWCL with the national advocacy organization South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).  SALSA welcomes all AUWCL students.  For more information, please visit www.wcl.american.edu/org/salsa.

A comprehensive list of student organizations can be found here: http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/