Diversity Resources

Seattle University Law School is home to the Northwest's most diverse student body. We actively seek diversity in our community, welcoming qualified persons of different races, ethnicities, religions, ages, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and points of view. Below are some of the many organizations and resources available to students.

Access to Justice Institute

The mission of the Institute is to inspire all law students towards a lifelong commitment to equal justice. Visit the ATJI site.

Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA)

APILSA provides emotional and practical support in the form of a network of students, faculty members, and professionals in the field. Visit the APILSA site.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA)

A chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), BLSA was created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students. Visit the BLSA site.

Center for Global Justice

The Center fosters multidisciplinary research, education, and advocacy about critical international legal issues, including human rights, conflict resolution, governance, development, security, and the environment. Visit the Center for Global Justice site.

Center for Indian Law & Policy

The primary objective of the center is to directly impact and reduce the fractionalization of Indian lands through education and the provision of estate planning services to tribal members and communities. Visit the Center for Indian Law & Policy site.

Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality

The Center's mission is to advance justice and equality through a unified vision that combines research, advocacy, and education. Visit the Korematsu Center site.

Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA)

LLSA was created to support Latina/o law students, create a sense of community among them and the greater Latina/o legal community and encourage other students to express an interest in Latina/o and other minority issues. Visit the LLSA site.

International Law Society

The purpose of the International Law Society is to foster an understanding of public and private international law among the members of the law school and university communities. Visit the International Law Society site.

Middle Eastern Law Student Association

MELSA provides Middle Eastern law students, and students interested in the Middle East, an opportunity to connect with each other and with the Middle Eastern legal community in Washington. Visit the MELSA site.

Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)

NALSA seeks to advance the study of Indian Law; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliations between Native American students and other students; and to further a higher standard of ethics, culture, and civic welfare of the law school community. Visit the NALSA site.


OutLaws was organized to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students and their friends. Visit the OutLaws site.

Russian-American Legal Society

RALS represents the interests of the Russian speaking members of the community; providing information about the culture and traditions; serving as a liaison between students and employers; orienting students to the legal issues between the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); and building academic relationships between Seattle University and law schools in the CIS. Visit the RALS site.

Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ)

The Seattle Journal for Social Justice is a peer-reviewed, student-edited, interdisciplinary journal that publishes writings that reflect theoretical, literary and hands-on approaches toward achieving social justice. Visit the SJSJ site.

South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA)

SALSA encourages South Asian involvement, as well as awareness of South Asian culture and issues. The goal of the organization is to provide a forum for addressing those issues, while concentrating on their legal aspects and solutions. Visit the SALSA site.

Women’s Law Caucus

The Women's Law Caucus is dedicated to the support and development of women as active and successful members of the legal community. Visit the Women’s Law Caucus site.


Washington State Organizations

Asian Bar Association of Washington

The Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) is the professional association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students that strives to be a network for its members in Washington State. Visit the ABAW site.

The Cardozo Society

Seattle Cardozo Society is an honor society for Jewish attorneys that sponsors programs that integrate legal and Jewish concerns to demonstrate the unique contributions the legal profession can make to improve the Jewish community. Visit The Cardozo Society site.

King County Washington Women Lawyers

King County Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) is devoted to the interests of women attorneys and judges in Washington State. Visit the KCWWL site.

Korean American Bar Association of Washington

The objectives of KABA are to foster the exchange of ideas and information among and between KABA members and other members of the legal profession. Visit the KABA site.

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington

The purpose of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington is to represent the concerns and goals of Latino attorneys and Latino people of the State of Washington. Visit the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington site.

Loren Miller Bar Association

The LMBA is an affiliate member of the National Bar Association whose purpose is the advancement of the social and economic well-being of its largely African American membership. Visit the LMBA site.

Northwest Indian Bar Association

The Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA) is a nonprofit organization of Indian attorneys and judges in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory, which aspires to improve the legal and political landscape for the Pacific Northwest Indian community. Visit the NIBA site.

Washington Women Lawyers

The purpose of Washington Women Lawyers is to further the full integration of women in the legal profession, to promote equal rights and opportunities for women, and to prevent discrimination against them. Visit the Washington Women Lawyers site.

QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington

QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington is an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal professionals and their friends. Visit the QLaw site.

Filipino Lawyers of Washington

The purpose of FLOW is to foster the exchange of ideas and information among and between FLOW members and other members of the legal profession. Visit the FLOW site.

Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington

MELAW seeks to advance the goals of its members, provide a legal voice for the Middle Eastern community in Washington, and offer resources as well as networking and mentorship opportunities for its members and the public. Visit the MELAW site.

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle

MAMAS is an organization dedicated to empowering attorney mothers and facilitating their success in the legal profession. Visit the MAMAS site.

Pierce County Minority Bar Association

The purpose of the PCMBA is to facilitate professional development and relationships among the various minority attorneys and legal professionals who reside or practice in Pierce County (Tacoma). Visit the PCMBA site.

South Asian Bar Association of Washington

SABAW is an organization of South Asian legal professionals in the Northwest dedicated to providing access to legal resources and support for issues relevant to the South Asian community. Visit the SABAW site.

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington

VABAW strives for legal excellence by facilitating and cultivating both professional and personal relationships among its members, the community and the judiciary. Visit the VABAW site.

Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association

Stuart Pixley, Co-Chair
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Noel Nightingale, Co-Chair
Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA  98174-1099


National Organizations

American Bar Association Center for Racial & Ethnic Diversity

The ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity is the catalyst for creating leadership and economic opportunities for racially and ethnically diverse lawyers within the ABA and the legal profession. Visit the ABA Center for Racial & Ethnic Diversity site.

American Bar Association – Diversity Initiatives

The goals of the Office of Diversity Initiatives are to increase minority participation in the legal profession by encouraging members of racial/ethnic minority groups to consider law as a career and to provide increased opportunities for minorities already in the profession. Visit the Diversity Initiatives site.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. Visit the CHCI site.


The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. That’s why LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign--to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. Visit the LSAC site.

Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, nonprofit, national association representing the interests of more than 25,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the United States and Puerto Rico. Visit the HNBA site.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a nonprofit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean American students seeking higher education. Visit the KASF site.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

The MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program each year awards scholarships ranging from $3,000-$7,000 to deserving individuals entering their first, second, or third years of law school with a demonstrated involvement in and commitment to serve the Latino community through the legal profession. Visit the MALDEF site.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Scholarships

Although LDF's primary purpose is to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans. Its work over the years has brought greater justice to all Americans. Visit the LDF site.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students that advocates for the legal needs and interests of the APA community and represents the interests of more than 40,000 attorneys and 47 local APA bar associations. Visit the NAPABA site.

National Bar Association

An organization of African American attorneys that exists to advance the science of jurisprudence, uphold the honor of the legal profession, promote social intercourse among the members of the bar, and protect the civil and political rights of all citizens of the several states of the United States. Visit the National Bar Association site.

National Black Law Students' Association

BALSA's purpose is to effect change in the legal system. The association endeavors to sensitize the law and legal profession to the ever-increasing needs of the Black community and offers scholarships for Black law students. Visit the BALSA site.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. Visit the NARF site.


Using the power of the law together with advocacy and education, LatinoJustice PRLDEF protects opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. Visit the LatinoJustice site.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Our mission is to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty at historically black colleges and universities. Visit the UNCF site.