»Cultural Law Societies

Chapman University Fowler School of Law students maintain several associations that help keep diversity both in ideas and people at the forefront of discussion.

+-Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

The Southern California area has traditionally had a large, very diverse Asian-American population. One of the most important, but most difficult, aspects of such a large, diverse population is representing the very interests of those individuals who comprise this community. In the midst of this community lies Chapman University School of Law. The progress that The School of Law has made towards becoming a formidable legal institution has been furthered by brilliant legal scholars, as well as socially conscious and aware advocates. The inception of The Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at The School of Law in 2002 marked a pivotal time in the school's history because it recognized the very need for an institution and an organization that is ready and willing to address the needs of this very Asian American community, and the surrounding community at large. As a support group, APALSA provides a strong backbone for new students starting their long journey towards a legal career, while constantly pushing and encouraging continuing students to stay on the right path.

APALSA also serves a networking function, bridging the gap between the Asian American legal community and law students preparing to enter that community in the future. As an academic group, APALSA provides entering students with tips and strategies for facing the challenging situations that students will most definitely encounter in their first year.

The strides that APALSA has made since its inception will continue to be its earmark in the future as The School of Law continues its path towards supremacy as a legal institution. The years ahead for APALSA are extremely bright, and as an organization, it can only progress further as its members continue to maintain and excel in and out of the classroom.

+-Iranian Law Student Association

The goal of the Iranian Law Student Association (ILSA) is to gather Iranian-American law students for mentoring and networking opportunities while raising awareness in the law school community about Iranian traditions and cultural values. ILSA welcomes all law students to become members and join our events.

ILSA hosts meetings, information sessions and other events throughout the academic year, including a welcome table at the student organization fair on the last day of new student orientation. Our first formal meeting is held in early September, with dates to be announced.

+-Minority Law Students Association

Minority Law Students Association (MLSA) exists to address the unique needs and concerns of minority law students, and to promote diversity within the Chapman University School of Law community and legal profession in general.  Specifically, MLSA seeks to develop, implement, and maintain programs to increase the recruitment, academic excellence and professional development of students of color at The School of Law.  MLSA also exists to provide a social support group for minority students in fostering their success and happiness.  Activities include various outreach programs to high school students, social functions, speakers, panel discussions, and scholarship opportunities for current law students.  Membership is open to all students.

Through the use of consistent social interaction, multi-cultural programming and programming geared largely towards scholarship, career and community assistance, MLSA fosters academic achievement, understanding of and respect for differences, and, ultimately, the development of future minority leadership.

Contact MLSA

Chapman students may contact MLSA via our TWEN page. If you are unfamiliar with TWEN, it is the acronym for "The West Education Network." To use TWEN, you must log on to the TWEN site with your student Westlaw password. The Minority Law Students Association uses its TWEN page to update members on upcoming meeting, events, scholarship opportunities, and job/internship opportunities.  For more information about using TWEN, contact the Westlaw representatives at school. (Check the computer lab for their schedule.)

+-Outlaw

Outlaw is an educational, professional, political, and social collaborative of law students, faculty and staff interested in working with Chapman University School of Law and the surrounding community towards fostering and maintaining an environment that is supportive, positive and safe for individuals of sexual and gender diversity. While a vital function of Outlaw is to stimulate and assist students in their professional careers, the organization also serves as a forum in which Chapman students, staff and faculty may coordinate their efforts to combat homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, discrimination and prejudice. Outlaw will work to promote the interests of gay, lesbian and transgender students, faculty and staff members and allies at The Fowler School of Law.

+-South Asian Law Student Association

The South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) is a new student group that was formed to serve the unique needs of South Asian students engaged in legal education with the goal to promote an understanding and appreciation of South Asian political, legal, and social issues. We will try to increase the diversity of Chapman University School of Law by optimizing awareness of the legal issues that affect the South Asian community.

Additionally, South Asians are now joining the legal profession in increasing numbers instead of traditional careers such as engineering and medicine. Thus, SALSA hopes to provide a forum for career networking for South Asian law students and offer outreach to the South Asian community of Orange County and Greater Los Angeles and foster our relationship with the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.

Furthermore, SALSA provided support to the North American South Asian Law Student Association's (NASALSA) Annual Conference which was held in Miami, FL in February 2009, where South Asian law students, attorneys and judges attended from across the country.

+-Vietnamese American Law Student Association

The Vietnamese American Law Student association (VALSA) is a cultural society based around the goals of promoting cultural awareness, community, and direction on campus, chiefly for, but not limited to, students of Vietnamese heritage. VALSA hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year, including a welcome back to school mixer, officer meetings, guest speakers, and more. VALSA will focus on legal aid and community service. Everyone is welcome to join. Dates and times will be announced.
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