The mission of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys, who excel academically, succeed professionally, and influence the community positively. The BLSA at Howard University, School of Law is so-named the Langston Chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Region (MABLSA), accredited by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).
The objectives of the BLSA include fostering solidarity between law students of the African Diaspora, through interaction and networking with students, faculty, and alumni; working cohesively with the student body, the faculty advisor(s), and the administration to promote issues of social importance and instill a sense of purpose to lawyering; and addressing the pressing Civil Rights issues of the day.
The BLSA also seeks to create a greater awareness of community needs through chapter initiatives, and to provide educational and technical opportunities to hone professional competencies and legal skills.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) shall not discriminate against any individual or group based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, nationality, race, religion, sex, nor sexual orientation.
Full-membership requires that a person be enrolled as a Juris Doctor and/or L.L.M. student at Howard University, School of Law, having paid both local chapter and NBLSA dues.
Local chapter dues are only $15 for the academic year; Memberships will expire on July 31. See any Executive Board Member about paying local chapter dues.
National dues are payable to the NBLSA; NBLSA memberships expire on July 31, as well.
NBLSA National Membership Package Rates
(Rates listed are through November 15, 2016)
One-Year Membership Package
Law students & LLM Students: $35
Pre-Law Chapter Member: $10
Pre-Law Non-Chapter Member: $20
Alumni: Free (if you are a law school graduate and prior NBLSA due-paying member)
Two-Year Membership Package
Law Students & LLM Students: $60
Three-Year Membership Package
Law Students: $90
As of 2016, NBLSA dues are payable here.