Fall Semester in Review

by ursavoice

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association



    In its second year, APALSA has more than tripled in size. Taking advantage of our increased membership, we have reached out to and maintained relationships with APALSA chapters at other schools, making connections with law students at UCLA, Pepperdine, USC, Southwestern, Chapman, and Whittier. We have also continued our connections with the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, sending members to local networking events, mixers, and career events.

    In addition, APALSA has focused on community service this semester, organizing volunteers to staff multilingual general legal clinics hosted by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center as well as weekend immigration and naturalization clinics targeting low-income and limited English proficient Asian Pacific American communities in Southern California. These legal clinics have been a rewarding way for APALSA members to connect with and assist our surrounding communities as well as allow us to put some of the lawyering skills from 1L year into practice.

    In October, APALSA was delighted and honored to receive funding to organize UCI Law’s 2012 student-run conference, and we have started the invitation and organizing process for a symposium to be held on March 15 and March 16, 2012. The UC Irvine Law Review has agreed to collaborate with APALSA to publish the papers presented at the symposium, and we are thrilled and excited to work with the entire student body to host this symposium next semester.

    To conclude the fall semester, APALSA collaborated with the Career Development Office to host a school-wide summer job fair designed to give 1Ls an opportunity to chat informally with 2Ls and 3Ls about their summer experiences. 1L Kevin Chi found the fair helpful, saying: “There are plenty of events involving speaker and faculty panels, but this was the only event where we could hear from fellow students that recently went through the summer job process.” Another 1L, Erica Choi, echoed these sentiments: “It was great to have a list of where 2L/3Ls had spent their summers, because we could ‘target’ those who had jobs that sounded interesting to us. I liked the informal aspect of the event. We got to chat and gather information over a slice of pizza.”

    Spring 2012 will be an exciting semester for APALSA – we will be calling on the entire UCI Law community to support us in the symposium-planning process and look forward to this effort. We also hope to maintain our community-building efforts outside of the conference by continuing to organize opportunities for APALSA members and UCI students generally to connect with the larger Orange County community through networking and community service events as well as learn and explore the many issues facing Asian Pacific Americans. It will be the final semester of law school for our inaugural class members, and we are energized and eager to make it a good one.