Student Journals and Organizations

All offices are located in William H. Gates Hall.

Please contact to update information on this page, or for help with your student organization website. For more information on how to start or contact a student organization, contact the Student Bar Association.

Minority Student Organizations

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) is a minority student organization that aims to both create a supportive community for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students at the law school and serve as an ally to other minority student groups. APALSA organizes events ranging from professional development and networking to fundraising and pro bono opportunities with local API organizations in our community. APALSA also seeks to promote diversity in the law school and greater legal profession and partners closely with the Asian Bar Association of Washington. This group is open to all students. Please reach out to the contacts below to be added to APALSA's mailing list.

Jessica Neale and Betty Zhang: and

Black Law Students Association

The purpose of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to utilize the collective resources of student members to: enhance and ease the experience of law school for Black students; articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the relationship of the Black law student and the Black attorney to the American legal structure; instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Black community; influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Black community; adopt and implement a policy of economic independence; encourage Black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.

Ashley Mixon and Vivian Oguejiofor: and

Jewish Law Students Association

The mission of the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is to celebrate the tradition of lawyering as a form of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). The JLSA is designed to meet the needs of the Jewish student body within the University of Washington School of Law.

Presidents Moses Merakov and Max Cargal-Bley: and

Latinx Law Student Association

The Latinx Law Student Associated (LLSA ) provides professional, educational, and social support to member students while simultaneously fostering community amongst Latinx students on campus and in the Washington legal community. LLSA promotes the success of Latinx law students by organizing a variety of events, including networking opportunities, mentorship programs, and cultural celebrations. LLSA also strives to increase diversity and Latinx representation in the UW Law community and bring attention to a range of minority-related, social justice issues.

For more information, please contact the group at:

Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association

The Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA) strives to create a sense of community among students of Middle Eastern and South Asian heritage, as well as students interested in the Middle East and South Asia. MESALSA connects students to South Asian and Middle Eastern attorneys practicing in the PNW through several events throughout the school year.

President Sharan Singh:

Minority Law Student Association

The Minority Law Student Association (MLSA) is for systemically marginalized students of this institution looking for a space to build community, question power, and further the goals of social justice. MLSA intentionally reclaims space for students of color, queer folks, people with disabilities, and other students from backgrounds that have been marginalized and continue to struggle with access to legal institutions and justice. MLSA offers solidarity with students who may not identify closely with traditional law school trajectories, and seeks to create a place of community for those doing similar work. In addition to other affinity groups, MLSA is a space for minorities built on the mission to center and amplify their voices and experiences.

Acting Chair: Gabriel Villarreal:

For more information or to be added to our listserv, please email

Native American Law Student Association

The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) was founded in 1970 to support Native and Indigenous students at the University of Washington School of Law and to promote the study of Indian law and Tribal law among all law students in order to serve Tribes and Native communities with a commitment to excellence and cultural competence.

President: Anela Summers:
Vice President: Andrew Barnett:

OUTlaws (LGBTQ+ Student Group)

The purpose of Outlaws is to provide a social and support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) law students at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law; to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ legal issues within the student body and faculty; and to provide mentoring to law students by sponsoring on-campus speakers, discussion panels and advocacy activities.

Co-Presidents Antonia Gales and Harrison Roy Simmons: and

Parents Attending Law School

PALS aims to create a social network, support group, and student organization for students who have or are considering having children, as well as raising awareness in the law school community about work-family and parenting-related issues.

President: Emma Bergin-Hosio:

Women's Law Caucus

The Women’s Law Caucus is an intersectional feminist organization dedicated to raising awareness about women in law—both as professionals in the field and as subjects of the law. We provide support to law students through mentorship programs, informational workshops, networking and service opportunities, and educational and social events.

For more information, contact co-presidents Lucy Bauer and Ali Johnson at .

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