BLAPA: Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association

Meet the BLAPA Family

The Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association (BLAPA) is the umbrella organization for NYU School of Law’s alumni of color. Founded over 35 years ago, BLAPA promotes and supports the professional development and general advancement of alumni and students of color and seeks to more fully involve alumni, students, and faculty of color in the educational, social, cultural, and intellectual life of the Law School.

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An Expansive Network: BLAPA provides an effective and efficient vehicle for alumni of color to stay connected to one another, NYU School of Law, as well as current NYU Law students of color, in particular the student of color organizations: the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), the Black Allied Law Students Association (BALSA), the Latino Law Students Association (LaLSA), the Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA), the Muslim Students Association (MLSA), and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA).

Year-Round Events: BLAPA holds panels, receptions, happy hours, and dinners throughout the year. Events include a kick-off reception at the beginning of each academic year, which introduces new students to alumni; multiple professional panel discussions throughout the year, and BLAPA’s annual Spring Dinner. BLAPA also supports the annual Derrick Bell Lecture on Race and the Law, an official Law School event that features a prominent legal scholar addressing a current topic in race and the law in the United States.