Diversity-Related Student Organizations

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

The purpose of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is to foster community involvement and professional development of its members. Our goal is to promote a greater understanding of APA issues and culture within Dickinson Law and provide opportunities for students to engage with the APA community. APALSA is dedicated to advocating for Asian American leadership in all areas of law by encouraging the sharing, networking, and cooperation between all ethnic groups. APALSA is open to Dickinson Law students of every background.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

BLSA at Penn State's Dickinson Law serves as the leading advocate for black law students and is dedicated to the development of talented, involved black attorneys. Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), was formed to promote the needs and goals of black law students and effect change in the legal community. The largest entirely student-run organization in the United States with nearly 6,000 members, NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA)

The Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA) seeks to remedy the underrepresentation of Latinx in all segments of the legal community. To achieve this goal, LLSA assists the Admissions Office on recruitment and retention matters and strives to provide enrolled Latinx students with strong academic and social support. Furthermore, LLSA welcomes ALL individuals who are interested or curious to learn about Latin culture and legal issues specific to our communities.Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA)


OutLaw is a student organization interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) legal issues, employment concerns, and the fostering of tolerance and awareness on campus. OutLaw provides a network for professional and social interaction between LGBTQ and ally students, faculty, and legal professionals, and for the education of the Law School community about issues facing LGBTQ individuals.

OutLaw concentrates on increasing awareness and discussion of such issues as hate crimes against lesbian and gay men, discrimination on the basis of HIV status, and the legal aspects of today's changing conceptions of family and domestic partnership.