The primary objective of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to further the welfare and interests of Black and other minority law students. BLSA strives to meet this objective by promoting academic excellence, community involvement, academic and social adjustment, and curriculum alternatives.
The Ohio State BLSA chapter is affiliated with a national organization of the same name and hosted the Midwest Regional Conference in 2005. The OSU chapter works with other chapters from the Midwest and other regions to strengthen the BLSA network that serves minorities in the study of law.
BLSA is working on a resume compilation of African American candidates for employers. BLSA conducts several annual activities, including an orientation and outlining sessions for first-year minority students, panel discussions, participation in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, and a Spring Banquet.
BLSA is dedicated to bettering the community. For example, students have collected relief items for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. September, which is Sickle Cell Anemia month, is also the month BLSA helps the Red Cross with its annual blood drive.
BLSA looks forward to continued interaction with the law school and greater Columbus community as we expand our role in the legal profession.