History and Purpose


The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a national organization whose purpose is to provide support for African American law stuents in an educational, financial and social setting. BLSA was founded in 1968 as a response to African American students being excluded from other organizations. Since that time, the focus of the organization has shifted to put an emphasis on matriculation and academic achievement of African American students at all law schools.

Emory BLSA is committed to helping each African American student that comes to Emory fulfill their educaational and social expectations while obtaining their JD  BLSA has several programs and activities that offer guidance to students on study methods, exam taking, and couse selections. Such programs include an exam taking techniques workshop, academic study sessions, a resume review and mock interview program with McKenna Long & Aldridge, and the student mentor program. Additionally, Emory BLSA participates in the Frederick Douglas Moot Court, a national BLSA competition, in which past Emory teams have placed regionally and nationally.

While academic success is a priority for BLSA, we also place an emphasis on giving back to the community through community service. The community service committee is responsible for selecting and administrating community service activities. Past projects have included tutoring and working with the Atlanta Project and Hands on Atlanta.

BLSA recognizes that attending law school is a big adjustment in lifestyle for everyone. While focus is on the classroom we sponsor other activities that help BLSA members get to know each other and develop a support system. Each year BLSA has a pre-orientation and mixer to welcome the entering first year class. BLSA also participates in and takes on other projects with other student organizations as the need and desire arises.

The schedule of the law student is rigorous and hectic but as a member of BLSA you receive the benefit of support, guidance and friendship that will make your time at Emory a more positive and rewarding experience.