Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a professional organization of Black law students dedicated to service, mentoring, raising political and social awareness, and networking. BLSA works diligently in its efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession and to demonstrate that academic excellence in legal education is an attainable goal for black students. We strive to provide the black law students with the necessary resources to be successful in law school, and in practice in the legal community. 

Detroit Mercy Law’s BLSA chapter is an affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).  We focus on academic enrichment, community service, fundraising to provide scholarships for our constituents, and assisting in creating a more diverse atmosphere at the Law School. 

Leadership 2021-2022

2021-2022 BLSA Executive Board

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    2021 Vegas Night Thank You

    Hello All, 

    On Saturday, March 20, 2021 we hosted our annual Vegas Night Fundraiser. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic we hosted the event virtually to ensure the safety of our community. Although it was virtual, Vegas Night 2021 was HUGE success. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of our members, our community, and our Detroit Mercy Law alumni, we raised $9,980 for our scholarship fund. We cannot thank our supporters enough. We would be remised if we did not mention the donations from Kitch Law Firm, Judge Denise Langford Morris, Judge Marylin E. Atkins, Varnum, LLP, and Dickinson Wright. Without these donations from these individuals and law firms, we would not have reached our goal. Overall, the love and support we received from all of our sponsors and donors went above and beyond our expectations.  

    As you may know, each year, BLSA provides four scholarships to minority students every year: (1) 1L Denise Langford-Morris Scholarship, (2) 1L Book Scholarship, (3) Rising 3L Tuition Scholarship, and (4) 3L Bar Scholarship. Each scholarship is awarded with the hope of offsetting some of the costs associated with law school and admission to the bar. One of our special donors, Judge Marylin E. Atkins, will now fund a scholarship each year as the Rising 3L Scholarship will now be called the Marylin E. Atkins Scholarship. We all know law school is not cheap. We are so happy to have the ability to provide our active BLSA members with a scholarship to help offset the costs of school or the bar exam. We cannot thank the Detroit Mercy Law community and community of Detroit enough for their continued support. We hope to see you all in-person next year! Thank you! 

    Best Regards, 2020-2021 Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association  

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    LSAT Study Materials

    If you have any LSAT preparation materials that you no longer use, please consider donating them to BLSA. They will be provided to students preparing to take the LSAT. If you do not attend Detroit Mercy Law and have materials to donate, email BLSA so a pick up arrangement can be made.

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