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The first Black Law Students Association was founded at New York University School of Law in 1968 by Algernon Johnson (“AJ”) Cooper. Over 40 years later, the National Black Law Students Association is the nation’s largest student-run organization, representing nearly 6,000 minority students from over 200 chapters throughout the United States and six other countries, including the Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The Duke Law chapter of BLSA strives to develop the future leaders of the legal profession through scholarship, professional development, and social responsibility.  Duke BLSA exists to address the unique needs and concerns of the black law students; promote diversity and social awareness within the Duke Law community; promote diversity and encourage change within the legal profession; and address social issues within the Durham community and our society at large.