The Northeast Black Law Students Association
The Northeast Black Law Students Association ("NEBLSA") is an advocate for diversity in the legal education and profession. NEBLSA is comprised of chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey (Northern), New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NEBLSA is a regional affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”), a student-run, national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students.
In 1968, Algernon Johnson (“A.J.”) Cooper founded the Black American Law Students Association on the campus of New York University School of Law in order to promote the interests of Black and minority law students entering the legal profession. The organization renamed the National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”), was established as a not-for-profit organization on December 19, 1969. Today NBLSA is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization, and the largest student-run organization in the country with 210 local chapters in six regions, and a reach of over 15,000 law student members and alumni.
The mission of NBLSA is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NEBLSA works to advance this mission throughout the Northeast Region, as an advocate for diversity in legal education and in the legal profession.