The Law School is home to nearly 60 student organizations, all organized under a student government known as the Law Student Association (LSA). The groups range from identity groups (such as religious, ethnic, gender, or preference groups), legal interest groups, political groups, service groups, and, of course, groups that are just plain fun. These groups do a wide variety of things from arranging social events to bringing in speakers at lunch time, from planning symposia to hosting and performing in concerts and talent shows. They even put on a film festival, a full scale musical, and a charity auction each year! The LSA not only supports all these organizations but puts on its own events as well, including an annual Prom.
We're going to use this space to introduce you to some of our student organizations from time to time. Today's entry comes from 2L Cathy Yu:
"The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is a group that aims to bring Asian Pacific American students at the law school together. We're concerned with diversity, Asian Pacific American issues, and issues that concern law students in general. We hold social events within the law school community and with other law schools as well. We also bring in speakers for lunchtime events. So far this quarter we've had a very successful welcome BBQ for our new and existing members to meet each other. We've also had a speaker come in (U of C's APALSA's co-founder) to talk about his transactional practice in Japan and the US. Next week, we will have a law professor from China coming in to talk about human rights in China. And to start off next quarter, we will have a panel of attorneys from the law firm Goldberg Kohn coming in to talk about the transition from being a law student to a practicing attorney. We also plan to have a social event later this year with the APALSAs of the other Chicago area law schools. Please email Cathy Yu with any questions you have about APALSA, and we look forward to welcoming you to the University of Chicago!"