The Elon University School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a forum for sharing and solving problems unique to Black and other minority students in the law school community. BLSA has made a commitment to proportionate representation in the professional arena, supported by sponsoring workshops and symposia and by supplying individualized assistance. BLSA sponsors social events throughout the year, and BLSA speaks on behalf of the need of Black and minority students to the administration, faculty, and student body. The Black Law Students Association is affiliated with the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers.
MISSION OF NBLSA & BLSA
The mission of the National Black Law Students Association is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
The Elon University School of Law Black Law Students Association serves as a voice for students of color, an advocate of minority issues, and a vehicle for social activism and legal education. Through innovative programs and continual service, the Elon University School of Law BLSA strives to be responsive to the needs of its membership and the larger community.
PURPOSE OF NBLSA & BLSA
The purpose of the Elon University School of Law Black Law Students Association is to utilize the collective resources of its members to promote and develop a cooperative learning environment through:
a. Academic growth, support, and scholarship;
b. Professional growth and development;
c. Social support;
d. Networking opportunities;
e. Community service;
f. Increased presence of minority students and faculty;
g. Encouragement and participation in recruitment of minority students and faculty;
h. Fostering relationships with our Elon Law minority alumni.
The BLSA Advisor serves in a position of trust, and the person in this role has the potential to significantly impact the personal and professional success of Black and other minority students at Elon University School of Law. In order to successfully serve as the Advisor for the Elon University School of Law Black Law Students Association chapter, an individual must be a licensed attorney, holding a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
The Elon University School of Law BLSA Advisor is expected to:
1. Champion of the mission, purposes, and aims of the Elon Law chapter of BLSA and NBLSA, and support students in advancing their fulfillment;
2. Adhere to the policies, directives, and tenets of the national organization and advocate for improvement and innovation within the Elon Law chapter;
3. Be responsive to and work in the interests of the members of the organization, seeking their feedback, their suggestions, and empowering them to achieve their organizational and personal goals;
4. Serve as a role model to students through conscientious personal and professional conduct;
5. Work with students, faculty, staff, and members of the legal community in a manner that is collaborative and reflective of the ethical and collegial standards of the legal profession.
(Adapted from the Letter to the National and Regional NBLSA Leadership Teams)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BLSA ADVISOR
Specific responsibilities of the Elon University School of Law BLSA Advisor include, but may not be limited to the following:
Knowledge of the chapter's purpose and constitution and support for the Executive Committee and membership in adhering to them;
Assist the group in setting goals for the academic year and encourage them to keep each other accountable to these goals;
Assist the group in requesting funding for the academic year based on their goals, and in exercising fiscal responsibility with their allocated and collected funds;
Advise the Executive Committee and group members as they plan, execute, and evaluate programs and events that advance the mission and purposes of the chapter;
Provide networking opportunities to connect the BLSA membership to members of the legal community, locally, regionally, and nationally, as appropriate;
Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities for the organization;
Support the Executive Committee and group members as they navigate the opportunities and challenges of attending a predominantly white law school;
Guide students in responding to difficult situations that may occur during the course of their studies and in the legal profession, and work collaboratively with faculty and staff to address such situations;
Work collaboratively and proactively with other Elon Law faculty and staff to identify and address concerns pertinent to BLSA members, both in and out of the classroom;
Allow students to make the decisions for the organization while providing sound guidance and advice;
Work with the Executive Committee and group members to develop clear expectations about the role of the advisor and your relationship to the organization;
Assist with the planning and implementation of the annual Donning of the Kente ceremony held the Friday before graduation in December;
Assist group members in providing recognition for the graduating BLSA class;
Be visible and available to the students, and attend group meetings and events as your schedule permits;
Refer members to the appropriate offices within the law school for specific guidance as needed (e.g., Academic & Bar Support; Career & Student Development, Counseling Services, etc.);
Help resolve conflicts within the group;
Assist the Executive Committee with procedural matters; and
Other duties as the needs of the group may dictate.
J.D. required or highly preferred. Bachelor's degree and substantial student or career counseling experience considered.
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for engaged, experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, creative and determined problem-solvers who are passionate about making the world a better place. Elon's 6,045 undergraduate and 746 graduate students come from 49 states and 58 other countries. Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level university in the nation and the core curriculum includes a strong global focus. More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon's four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12-1, and the average class size is 20. The university's 636-acre residential campus is consistently recognized as one of the nation's finest environments for learning. I...n the 2018 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more often than any other university in the nation for eight academic programs that are focused on student success. U.S. News also ranks Elon #1 among Southern master's-level universities, with #1 rankings for undergraduate teaching and innovation. Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 382 "best colleges." The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Elon #33 in the nation and #1 in North Carolina in student engagement, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine names Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities. The Elon Phoenix NCAA Division I athletic program is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.