The Middle Eastern & North African Law Students Association (MENALSA) is an affinity group created to serve and bring together Middle Eastern and North African students at Harvard Law. MELSA’s mission is threefold: (1) to build a cultural community amongst Middle Eastern and North African law students and alumni, (2) to further the professional and academic development of its members, and (3) to organize around political and legal issues that impact Middle Eastern and North African communities.
Founded in 2017, we hope to welcome and support Middle Eastern and North African law students during their time at Harvard, both by connecting members to academic, professional, and community mentors and by promoting a better understanding of the cultures, communities, and legal institutions of the countries represented by our membership. We strive to improve diversity and increase the opportunities available to Middle Eastern and North African legal scholars both at Harvard Law and in the legal profession.
MELSA provides programming to serve Middle Eastern and North African law students and the broader community at Harvard, ranging from discussions and lectures, to dinners and parties, to networking and mentorship events, to films and other cultural activities. No matter the event or the issue, MENALSA serves as a forum in which members can form and foster a community!