Graduate Student Organizations

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

The USD Asian Pacific American Law Students Association services as an academic, social, and professional resource for law students. Our goal is to expand our social and professional network and strengthen our ties with the Asian American legal communities in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. We work to promote a greater understanding of the diverse culture and rich history of our students. For more information, please contact president Josephine Leong at usdapalsa@gmail.com .

Asian Students in Alliance

The purpose for A.S.I.A. is to serve as a support network for Asian graduate students and allies through personal and professional development and as a promoter of diversity, justice, and collaboration within the University of San Diego community and local constituents. For more information, please contact Donna Soukantouy - asiangrads@gmail.com or dsoukantouy@sandiego.edu.

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National Black Law Students Association

In addition to promoting the purpose of the National Black Law Student Association, the purpose of USD BLSA is to utilize the resources of USD School of Law and the legal community to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs of the black law students at USD; facilitate discourse and professionalism among all law students; and instill a greater sense of commitment to the needs of the black community. For more information, please contact president Jilliane Jackson at usdblsa@gmail.com.

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Black Graduate Student Association

BGSA serves as a support network for graduate students of African descent and provides resources that will enhance academic and career success of current graduate and professional students. BGSA will also serve in developing a network of emerging scholars of African descent who are dedicated and sensitive to the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse academic community. BGSA is dedicated to uniting student, faculty, and alumni of African descent to create a sense of pride, community, and support at the University of San Diego. We encourage scholarship opportunities, promote social connections, community service, and self-determination.

For more information, please contact Co-presidents Amanda Gunn atagunn@sandiego.edu and Brittany Woodard at bwoodard@sandiego.edu

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Jewish Law Students Association

The purpose of JLSA is to represent the interests of Jewish students within the USD community through various events; educate the USD community; participate in and increase diversity initiatives; and promote the acceptance and inclusions of all minorities and religions. For more information, please contact president Raquel Zilberman at usd.jlsa@gmail.com

La Raza Law Student Association

The primary mission of the USD La Raza La Students Association is to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political and social needs and goals of Latinx law students. We strive to facilitate discourse and professionalism among all law students on campus and instill in all members of USD La Raza a greater commitment to the needs of the Latinx community. For more information, please contact president Natasha Pulido at usdlaraza@gmail.com.

Latinx Graduate Student Association

The Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is an organization dedicated to creating a support and social network for Chicanx/Latinx graduate students at the University of San Diego (USD). We encourage and facilitate communication between graduate students and faculty/staff who identify at Chicanx, Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Mexican/Mexican-American, Filipnx/Filipnx-American and other underrepresented communities at USD through coalition-building and allyship. For more information, please contact Judith Romero - jromero@sandiego.edu

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LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Association

The LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Association: a community who identifies as and supports LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. We create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space that embraces and connects people of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions. We acknowledge, advocate, and celebrate intersectionalities and recognize that individuals are composed of multiple identities. We strive to encourage and promote graduate students building coalitions with faculty/staff and other students on campus in order to explore how sexualities and gender identities/expressions shape the student experience. For more information, please contact Mannie Brown - emmanuelbrown@sandiego.edu

Middle Eastern Law Students Organization (MELSA)

MELSA's purpose is to provide a supportive, pro-active environment to address the legal issues facing the Middle Eastern community, as well as to create a forum for networking between the organization's members and attorneys practicing in San Diego. Our mission is to stay connected and maintain a sense of unity, while fostering a mutual understanding between diverse cultures and backgrounds represented at the University of San Diego.

For more information, please contact president Jad Essayli at usdmelsa@gmail.com

USD Pride Law

USD Pride Law seeks a university and world community which respects and embraces the uniqueness and contributions of every individual. Pride Law affords an opportunity for sharing ideas and values from the traditions and history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA) communities. We also seek to advance understanding of legal issues affecting the LGBTQIA communities and provide networking opportunities for law students in the San Diego community. For more information, please contact president Madison Orcutt at usdpridelaw@gmail.com

Women’s Law Caucus

The goal of the Women's Law Caucus is to bring together the community of USD law students interested in exploring the wide spectrum of legal issues affecting women. We actively accomplish this goal by 1) facilitating increased awareness and understanding of these issues through club-sponsored events; 2) empowering future female leaders and enhancing the role of women in the legal community; 3) promoting awareness of various social, economic, legal and political issues that impact women; and 4) increasing the potential of the student body to effect meaningful change, both within the USD community and the community at large.

For more information, please contact president Helen Lockett at usdwlc@gmail.com