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Our Mission & Purpose

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.


In establishing the organization, Founder Cooper and the original incorporators provided a clear vision and purpose for NBLSA in the Articles of Incorporation:


  • Articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students;

  • Foster and encourage professional competence;

  • Improve the relationship between Black law students, Black attorneys, and the American legal structure;

  • Instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Black community;

  • Influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community;

  • Adopt and implement policies of economic independence;

  • Encourage Black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and 

  • Do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.

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