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Student Organizations - Affinity Groups

Asian Pacific American Law Student Assoc. (APALSA)
Penn APALSA is the largest student-run organization at Penn Law. We provide academic support and professional development to our members, actively engage with the APA legal community, and host an annual conference for law students and legal professionals across the nation.
Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
Our organization prepares our members to be successful and socially aware members of the greater legal community by providing academic, professional, and social support throughout the three years of law school. Penn Law BLSA is dedicated to maintaining connections with our distinguished alumni, and to reaching back to talented undergraduates to make sure that Penn Law is and remains a diverse space. Penn Law BLSA is the second-oldest student group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has remained an active and vibrant force, both locally and nationally, for over three decades. Please contact us about any legal, political or social issues affecting our community. For information about the annual Sadie T. M. Alexander Memorial Conference, please visit http://www.sadieconference.org/.
Christian Legal Society
Penn Law’s CLS Chapter is a non-denominational organization affiliated with the National CLS grassroots network of lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. To integrate our Christian faith into our current studies and future endeavors as legal professionals, CLS is committed to providing law students with a means of society, fellowship, encouragement, and discipleship and a forum for discussion of problems and opportunities relating to Christianity and the law.
Eastern European Law Student Association (EELSA)
The Eastern European Law Students Association (EELSA) will provide a support and networking system for the community of Penn Law students from the former USSR and other Eastern European countries, Russian-speakers, and those with an interest in Eastern European history and culture. We will promote Eastern European heritage throughout the Law School by sponsoring cultural events on and off campus, demonstrating our ethnic foods and artistic traditions. We will host guest speakers and reach out to domestic and international law firms with Eastern European offices. EELSA will also support the community through collaboration on pro bono projects and by providing translation services. Please email Alisa.Melekhina@law.upenn.edu for information.
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Our mission statement reads, “We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.”
Jewish Law Students Association (J.L.S.A.)
The aim of the Association is to ensure the well-being of all Jewish students regardless of denominational affiliation enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Law School. To these ends, we promote Jewish identity, encourage Jewish students to participate in all aspects of campus life, support issues of concern to the greater American and global Jewish communities, and provide a forum for Jewish social and educational events and discussion of matters pertaining to Jewish interests.
Korean American Law Students Organization
The Korean American Law Student Organization seeks to provide a forum for students to learn about Korean culture and to explore the relevant social, cultural, and professional opportunities within the University of Pennsylvania Law School. It will also facilitate the interaction among Korean American JDs and LLMs and function as a bridge between Penn Law and other Korean student communities at Penn as well as other top-tier law schools.
Lambda Law
Penn Law’s LGBT student organization for LGBT-identified students and their allies.
Latin American Law Students Assoc. (LALSA)
LALSA aims to enhance the student experience at Penn Law School. We are committed to the academic, social, and professional development of our members and aim to increase outreach, diversity, and Latino awareness in our community.
Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA)
MLSA bases itself on the philosophy present in the oft-cited verse of the Holy Qur'an: “O humankind, God has created you from male and female and made you into diverse nations and tribes so that you may come to know each other. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous” (49:13). MLSA welcomes the participation of all members of the Penn Law community and encourages the presence of Muslims from diverse schools of thought, levels of faith and backgrounds. The operating precept of MLSA is mutual respect within one's devotion to God. MLSA hopes to foster a welcoming atmosphere for every law student wishing to learn more about Islam and/or gain support from their community.
Penn Law Women's Association (PLWA)
The Penn Law Women's Association is a non-political organization supporting women academically, developing women professionally and fostering a social community. To achieve these goals, the PLWA holds networking events and career panels, provides a mentorship program pairing 1Ls with upperclasswomen, and sponsors social and community events. The programming culminates in the Annual Dinner, which brings faculty, alumni and students together to listen to a keynote speaker and share their personal experiences.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
SALSA is an organization that serves the South Asian law student community at Penn in a variety of ways: we participate in the various South Asian cultural activities on Penn's campus, sponsor an array of lunches, dinners, and happy hours so as to build South Asian solidarity at the law school, and network with local South Asian professional associations. We also work with South Asian graduate student groups both at Penn and beyond, including those law students affiliated with the North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA).
United Law Students of Color Council (ULSCC)
ULSCC is a group focused on uniting the various affinity groups at Penn Law.
Y'allsa
Our group is designed to add a little southern charm to the Penn Law campus and share the joys of country music, fried food and front porches with our Northern brethren. Non-Southern law students, bless their hearts!, are invited to join Y’allSA as carpetbaggers.