The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a national organization founded in 1967 by A.J. Cooper at the New York University Law School, for the purpose of effectuating change in the legal system and sensitizing the legal profession to the ever-increasing needs of the black community. While this commitment has never wavered, BLSA's main purpose now is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; to focus upon the relationship of the black law student and the black attorney to the American legal structure; to instill in the black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the black community; and to influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the black community.

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