Prelaw And Law Student Division

(link back to the page and location with the Pre-Law and Law Student Division)

Law Student Liaison Program – As part of this division, MBBA President has created several new volunteer roles (non-officer) to help engage law student members:
  1. Law Student Liaisons
    Law students from the various NYC law schools will be recruited to act serve as Law Student Liaisons.  The responsibility of the liaisons is to help the MBBA form and nurture a stronger relationship with law students at each liaison’s school, assist with recruiting law student members, and share information on what law students want and need from the MBBA.

    1. With this structure and relationship, MBBA will have a streamline process to receive and share information between MBBA and BLSAs, encourage and facilitate law student involvement, and provide Law Student Division-centric programming and value to the law students.
    2. Law Student Liaisons will serve as members of the Law Student Division and can be tagged to serve as Vice-Chair, Secretary and other leadership positions withinthe Division.
    3. This program may also be used as a tool to build the leadership pipeline for MBBA.
    4. In addition to the local NYC law schools, liaisons can be recruited from NEBLSA, MetroLALSA and other law student or pre-law programs.
  2. Division Chair and Liaison Coordinator
    The Liaison Coordinator will chair the Law Student Division, lead the Law Student Liaison Program and help with law student engagement with the MBBA.

    1. MBBA President has appointed member Denisse Mira to serve this role.
    2. The Liaison Coordinator will work closely and collaborate with MBBA Vice President of Membership, Justina Rivera, to achieve the stated objectives for the Law Student Division, as well as the Vice President of Programs to ensure targeted programming for the Division.
    3. Additionally, the Liaison Coordinator will coordinate and work closely with the respective Black Law Student Associations (“BLSAs”), at law schools within the New York City metropolitan area.
    4. Further, the Liaison Coordinator will coordinate, engage and work closely with the National Black Law Students Association and other Black and minority law student organizations.

Law Student Division – Programing & Initiatives

Several programming and initiative ideas were discussed for the Law Student Division.  The following outlines the main ideas:

  1. Law Student Division Members
    MBBA will automatically enroll all MBBA law student members as a member of the Law Student Division.
  2. Collaboration Among BLSA Chapters
    The Division can provide a centralized forum for BLSA chapters to communicate and collaborate.  This forum can allow differing BLSA chapters to share resources and information among themselves to better prepare for and succeed at their respective law school, as well as provide the Liaison Coordinator a better sense of the common and/or urgent needs for Black and minority law students to share with MBBA leadership.
  3. Law Student Academy
    This effort can provide select law students invaluable programming and resources.

    1. Mentorship Program. The Law Student Division can offer a mentorship program, connecting MBBA leadership – board members, officers, and key staff members – and other interested MBBA members with Black and minority law students.
    2. Education and Development.  Either through standalone programming or through the collaboration with other MBBA Sections and Divisions, the Law Student Division will offer presentations, workshops and other programs to educate and develop Black and minority law students for academic and professional successes.  These programs would include networking opportunities, writing and oral presentation workshops, career fairs, and panel discussions.
    3. Targeted Resources. This effort may exclude first year law students – with the goal of ensuring such students focus primarily on school their first year – or impose certain restrictions on the active involvement of first-year law students, such as limiting their ability to apply as MBBA leadership, and potentially the number of events to attend for free.  The latter may be more appropriate to ensure first-year law students gain access to resources from MBBA and other BLSAs, appreciate the mentorship benefits, and receive guidance and other information to achieve academic success and identify and obtain meaningful internship opportunities.

Academic Resources

  • National Black Law Students Association (add link)
  • Black Law Student Organizations at Local Law Schools (add links to their pages and info on their general contact information)
  • Pre-Law Student Information