St. John’s Law is home to several shared identity groups, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, First Generation Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association, Latin American Law Students Association, OUTLaws & Allies, South Asian Law Students Association, and the Women's Law Society.
The mission of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is to provide a comprehensive academic, social, and professional support system to St. John’s Law students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. We prioritize our members’ professional development by presenting numerous opportunities in the form of internships, scholarships, and networking.
The mission of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students and instill a greater awareness of commitment to the black community. We seek to promote, foster, and encourage the academic well-being of black law students.
First Generation Law Students Association
First Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA) is a student-run organization that supports law students who are the first in their families to pursue a college or professional degree, as well as those from lower-income, working-class, or non-white-collar backgrounds. Our organization welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds. We strive to provide a safe welcoming, and inclusive space for St. John’s Law students who lack access to some of the class-based privileges of our peers. Additionally, we aim to create supportive and social spaces for students who come from a myriad of backgrounds. Moreover, we seek to facilitate and foster a seamless transition and integration of first-generation law students through mentorship, career advising, academic support, social activities, and more. Our overarching goal is to create a diverse community that fosters inclusiveness, well-being, and academic achievement throughout students’ time at SJU Law while also advocating for the recognition of our lived experiences as first-generation and/or low-income professionals, as well as those of our families and communities.
The Jewish Law Students Association (“JLSA”) serves as a spiritual, academic, and social resource for the Jewish student body within St. John’s University School of Law. JLSA helps to build a sense of community at St. John's Law by providing programming of Jewish social, cultural, religious, and legal significance.
The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) is committed to Latinx advancement in the legal profession. We strive to connect students with our broad network of Latinx lawyers and alumni, as well as promote diversity, leadership, and academic success.
OUTLaws and Allies
The mission of OUTLaws and Allies is to foster awareness and advocacy for legal issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community, to promote a spirit of inclusivity and support among the Law School community, with the goal of identifying common ground and eliminating stigmas associated with the LGBTQ+ community throughout the legal profession.
St. John’s South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) strives to provide academic, social, and professional support for diverse students, while promoting South Asian culture and values to create an inclusive multicultural Law School community.
Women's Law Society
The Women’s Law Society aims to advance education, research, and self-development for women, with the ultimate goal of fostering equality and positive societal change.