LACA offers various opportunities for current students to connect with alumni and takes great pride in honoring their achievements. LACA also offers stipends to prospective students to attend the annual Spring Dinner, a great occasion for them to connect with current members and alumni.
LACA members participate in a formal student-alumni mentoring program through Symplicity and in connection with the Law Alumni Association. LACA also facilitates informal mentorship relationships between students and alumni of color. These programs present a rich opportunity for the establishment and nurturing of invaluable mentoring relationships, a hallmark of the unique strength of our LACA Family. If you are a student who would like an alumni mentor, please fill out this form and specify an ALSA or LACA relationship.
The Alumni-Student Committee, which consists of members of the LACA Board and the leadership of the all-ALSA Coalition, works diligently to stay abreast of and address the needs of students of color through meaningful programming.
The Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service
Since 1994, LACA has awarded a Public Service Scholarship to promote the practice of law in the public sector by graduates of color. Up to two $10,000 scholarships are awarded each year to rising 2L and 3L students who are members of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, or SALSA, have proven their dedication to public service, plan to pursue careers in public interest law, and demonstrate a commitment to social justice.
Applications are made available in the late Fall and consideration by the LACA Board occurs in March. Recipients are required to serve as student liaisons to the LACA Board throughout the remainder of their time at the Law School and are expected to facilitate and strengthen the relationship between LACA and the ALSAs.
Admitted Students Days and Spring Dinner Subsidies
LACA offers various opportunities for current students to connect with alumni and takes great pride in honoring their achievements. LACA also offers stipends to prospective students to attend the annual Spring Dinner, a great occasion for them to connect with current members The Alumni-Student Committee, which consists of members of the LACA Board and the leadership of the all-ALSA Coalition, works diligently to stay abreast of and address the needs of students of color through meaningful programming.
LACA provides transportation subsidies to a select number of admitted students each year. Our subsidy program gives students who would not otherwise be able to visit the Law School during Admitted Students Days the opportunity to do so. Many of these students also attend LACA’s Spring Dinner, which is traditionally scheduled during an Admitted Students weekend. If you have been admitted to NYU Law and would like a subsidy, please contact the Office of Admissions for information about how to apply.
Clerkship Travel Subsidy Fund
One of the most professionally rewarding experiences that a lawyer can have is a clerkship--whether at the state or the federal level. The Law Alumni of Color Association (LACA) understands that, historically, minority students have faced obstacles when applying to, interviewing for, and ultimately obtaining clerkships. In particular, we recognize that traveling for the purpose of interviews can present a financial burden.
To alleviate some of that financial impact and encourage more diverse clerkship applicants, LACA has established the Clerkship Travel Subsidy Fund, which will assist current NYU Law students who are members of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, and/or SALSA as well as recent LACA alumni—up to 3 years out, by providing travel awards for interviews with judges. The maximum award to be granted per recipient is $500. For more details on the Fund, eligibility, and to apply, please follow this link.
LACA awards three prizes to graduating members of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, or SALSA: the Award for Clinical Service, the Public Service Convocation Prize, and the Kim Barry Memorial Convocation Prize. In 2017, the Calisha Myers Memorial Convocation Award was established in her memory to be awarded to a graduating member of AnBryce, Law Review, the All ALSA Coalition (APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, and SALSA) and/or Women of Color Collective (WoCC). Applications and descriptions can be found here and awards are presented during Convocation.
Related to the NYU School of Law Convocation, in conjunction with the Law School and the All-ALSA Coalition, LACA serves as co-sponsor for:
- All-ALSA Graduation Reception: • All-ALSA Graduation Reception: During the afternoon following Convocation, LACA and the ALSAs hold a reception at the Law School for graduates of the ALSA community along with faculty, staff, family, and friends as they celebrate the graduating All ALSA Class.