To all new members of APALSA, welcome to YLS! To our returning members, welcome back!

APALSA has been an integral part of each of our law school experiences. It has been a welcoming community and home, a source of joy and friendship, and a place for thoughtful reflection. We hope to continue that vibrant tradition this year and are so excited to share this experience with you. APALSA is one of the largest student organizations on campus and plays an integral role in campus life by providing paths for academic mentorship, professional opportunities, and friendship, while engaging deeply with questions of identity and the law. APALSA welcomes all who identify as Asian Pacific American, and knowing that we all grow by learning from each other’s backgrounds, we value the incredible diversity of our membership.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with questions, thoughts, ideas, and/or concerns. We are here for you, not only through our formal programming but also as informal support. Through the ups and downs of law school, we hope to bring a sense of community and joy to your journey.

Mission

The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), formerly known as PANA, is a coalition of Yale Law School students and alumni that seeks to promote community among its members and to create a more diverse educational environment. Every year, we have a full calendar of academic, professional, social, and cultural events. We host panel talks on various topics, such as Asian-American voting rights and political participation, lunch and dinner receptions with different Asian-American faculty members, job search panels, and annual Lunar New Year and Alumni banquets. We also work with the other affinity groups to provide personal and professional support for minority students. Specific initiatives include recruiting students of color and broadening cross-racial dialogue through discussions of issues affecting people of color and the role of law in addressing these concerns.

Historically, APALSA has shared strong ties with the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and continues to serve as a community for students of Native American descent through the APALSA-NALSA alliance, a coalition that organizes academic, professional, social, cultural, and service activities to build community among its members and to create a more diverse educational environment.  APALSA also collaborates extensively with the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and engagement with South Asian American and South Asian cultural, legal, political, and social justice issues.

Read the APALSA Charter (PDF)

2019-2020 Board Members

Chairs

Sarah Bernardo

Kshithij Shrinath

Academics

Lawrence Liu

Carolina Eguchi Yamamoto

Communications

Jenny Choi

Social & Membership

Lisa Chen

Brian Hong

Susan Wang

Political Action

Kami Choi

Michael Enseki-Frank

Professional Development

Alex Zhang

Treasurer

Chaaru Deb

 

Programming

APALSA hosts a variety of events throughout the year for our members including academic programming, guest speaker events, social and cultural activities, professional development events, and two membership retreats. Below is a sampling of some of the programming we offer.

  • APALSA Big Sib-Little Sib Mentorship Program
  • 1L Memo Writing Workshop
  • 1L Bluebook Trainings
  • Lunar New Year Banquet
  • Study Breaks
  • Community Dinners
  • Soft Skills Workshops
  • APALSA-SALSA Staff and Faculty Mixer

News and Current Events

Click here for the latest news and current events from APALSA

Gratitude to our Sponsors 

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting APALSA’s work.

Platinum Sponsors

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Selendy & Gay PLLC

Gold Sponsors

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Silver Sponsors

Covington & Burling LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP

Prospective Students


Yale APALSA is committed to building an APA community at Yale Law. Our goal is to be a resource for prospective students and new admits. We are here to answer questions or concerns you might have about the law school community.

For those who have not yet been admitted to Yale Law, we wish you the best of luck. More information is available on the Admissions site. For a closer and more personal glimpse into YLS life, visit the Student Life page.

Contact Us


If you have any questions or would like to get involved with APALSA, please contact apalsa@yale.edu.