The Membership Engagement Committee assists the admissions office by calling
prospective students, arranging tours and answering questions concerning the social and
academic life at Harvard Law School We also hosts dinners for prospective students
during Admitted Student Weekends. For more information on applying to Harvard Law
School, please visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/prospective/.
Dear Prospective Harvard BLSA Students,
The Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA) was founded in 1967. Today
HBLSA is the largest chapter in the National Black Law Students Association. With
well over 100 members, HBLSA is truly reflective of the diversity that exists within
the Black community of Harvard Law School. HBLSA alumni range from Charles
Ogletree, renowned legal scholar and our very own advisor, to Deval Patrick, Governor
of Massachusetts, to Debra Lee, CEO of BET, to Barack and Michelle Obama, President
and First Lady of the United States of America.
We, the Black Law Students Association of Harvard Law School, exist for the support,
guidance and direction of Black students in academic, professional and social endeavors.
Our main function is to assist members in the development of their legal careers and to
provide opportunities for exposure to various areas and aspects of the legal profession.
We recognize the need to act positively in the development of the Black community,
to encourage cooperation and closer ties between members of the Law School’s Black
community and to establish a vehicle through which our concerns are brought to bear on
Harvard Law School policy and the community at large.
Harvard BLSA seeks to ensure that African-American students merge successfully
into the social, academic, and cultural life at Harvard and in the greater Cambridge and
Boston areas. BLSA encourages close social and professional relationships among
students and provides a supportive and stimulating intellectual environment. We sponsor
a variety of seminars on academic achievement, career development, and political
awareness. Our events and programs are varied in nature, including easing the 1L (first-
year) transition, reaching out to the community, and interacting with other law schools.
Outside HBLSA, students are distinguished and are leaders in a wide range of student
organizations such as Harvard Law Review, the Board of Student Advisers, and Harvard
Legal Aid Bureau.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about Harvard BLSA or
applying to Harvard Law School.