Since the 1960s, we have led the effort to increase the enrollment and matriculation of African American students at the College of Law. As a community, we work to excel academically and professionally as we enter the legal profession. 

Our Mission

The Black Law Students Association chapter of the University of Illinois College of Law was founded in the late 1960s. The co-founder, David Addison served as president of the organization in the Spring of 1968 during a time when African-American students became involved in demonstrations at the University seeking to increase the number of African-American students.

The mission of the Black Law Students Association remains unchanged, as we seek to encourage and develop a network unified in supporting the enrollment and matriculation of African-American students through the college of law. Further, recognizing the competitive nature of the legal profession, the University of Illinois Black Law Students Association is dedicated to developing, incorporating, and executing initiatives aimed at assisting current and future students excel academically and compete within the contemporary legal market. The University of Illinois Black Law Students Association also understands the importance of giving back and supporting local communities through volunteer efforts.


BLSA is truly the platinum standard of organizations: Members of BLSA build and nurture lifelong relationships with one another, always ensuring that members are welcomed and supported in their pursuit of excellence.
— Virginia Vermillion, Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Dean of Students