Student Affinity Groups at Cardozo
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) organizes programs and events and offers a mentor program that pairs upper-level students with first-year students. The APALSA’s annual Lunar New Year celebration is a Cardozo favorite.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) provides support and advice to students who identify as African American, Caribbean or African. The group is very active and invites all Cardozo students to be members. The BLSA hosts events such as the annual Horizons orientation, the intensive first-year success program, exam prep programs with alumni, mentoring programs, and a number of social events including JazzFest and an annual awards dinner.
The Cardozo Women's Law Initiative (CWLI) was founded to celebrate women's achievements, address remaining challenges, and facilitate continued progress in law school and the legal profession. CWLI offers networking opportunities with lawyers from a variety of fields, including the District Attorney's Office, small private firms, as well as large corporate firms. CWLI's networking events range from professional panel events, in which panelists discuss different issues facing the legal field, to social and informal events, including cocktail hours. CWLI is also committed to providing a supportive environment for women at Cardozo, and providing opportunities at school to further the fellowship between the women at Cardozo. The executive board is always looking for students interested in leadership roles and for new ideas regarding events. Join CWLI and learn about financial literacy, legal issues and, last but not least, networking, one of the most important aspects of succeeding in the legal field.
The Korean American Law Students Association (KALSA) supports students interested in Korean culture. The group has ties with the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York and hosts a school-wide festival celebrating the Korean holiday of Chuseok each fall.
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) runs several social and educational events throughout the year. The social events provide a relaxing break from school; educational events provide more information about issues of particular concern to Jewish students or those interested in Jewish related matters. JLSA also serves as a liaison to school administrators on issues impacting Jewish students. All events are open to the entire school community and membership is not limited to Jewish students.
The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) offers mentoring programs with ties to the Latino legal community. Its members also assist with job fairs, internships and events that reach out to the wider Latino community. LALSA hosts a Thanksgiving potluck dinner for the law school each year and a spring "Fiesta" event with live music and dancing.
The Minority Law Student Alliance (MLSA) is the umbrella group for Cardozo's diversity affinity groups. MLSA's purpose is to act as a unified body to foster support of events, initiatives and programs among the groups within the affinity groups through resource pooling and intellectual discourse; to further its members' academic enrichment and success; to advocate for the needs of underrepresented students; to increase the Cardozo community's awareness of general legal and social issues that affect minority students in the United States and abroad; to collectively engage in community service events and promote minority student recruitment; and to ensure that graduates and current members remain connected through BALLSA's alumni network and annual alumni reception.
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) aims to promote the professional needs and goals of Muslim law students, foster and encourage professional competence, influence the legal community to bring out meaningful change to meet the needs of the Muslim community, create a safe space for Muslim students at Cardozo Law, promote a greater understanding of Muslims and Islam on campus, and facilitate the professional and academic development of its members. The MSA also aims to promote interfaith dialogue and solidarity on the Cardozo campus. This organization is open to all Cardozo Law students.
OUTlaw is Cardozo's pioneer student group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies. The group organizes meetings, educational panels and school activities to advance LGBT rights issues. Each year, OUTlaw sponsors the E. Nathaniel Gates Award, which is named in honor of a beloved Cardozo professor and is presented to notable Cardozo LGBT alumni.
The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) offers mentoring programs for first-year students, career panels and alumni receptions. Each year, SALSA offers the Diwali/Eid Festival, celebrating both the Hindu holiday of Diwali and the Muslim holiday of Eid with fellow students, staff and faculty. The festival is one of the best-attended events at the law school, featuring dance, music and a traditional dinner.