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LAW SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
APALSA is a network of Asian-American Law Students at the University. The Association provides academic and social support to its members and reaches out to the Law School community on issues pertaining to Asian-Americans.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
The purpose of BLSA is to represent the views of Black students at the University of Virginia School of Law; promote the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural, and social programs; and provide a forum for the discussion of local and national issues affecting both the black law student community and the University community as a whole.

The Human Rights Study Project (HRSP)
HRSP studies law affecting the protection of basic rights in foreign countries. HRSP combines the group-oriented and continuous character of a student organization with the scholarly aims of academically credited independent research. Each year, the Project Team travels to the country it is studying to conduct interviews and collect other research materials unavailable in the United States.

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
LSA provides cultural, educational and social programming for Jewish law students, and serves as a resource for the rest of the Law School.

Korean American Law Student Association (KALSA)
KALSA exists to provide a vibrant social community for current law students, connect students to a professional career network, prominently support all Asian American organizations (such as APALSA) and the unified Asian American interest, aid in the future recruitment and retention of qualified Korean American students, increase Korean American presence and visibility, facilitate a network among students and alumni of Korean American background, provide a forum for discussion of legal issues as it pertains to the Korean American community, and contribute to the diversity of the Law School by furthering cultural exchanges, discourse and awareness.

Latin American Law Organization (LALO)
LALO is an all-inclusive group devoted to increasing awareness of legal issues facing Latinos and Latin America. The group works to increase Latino representation at the Law School, augments the exploration of Hispanic-related issues in the law, and provides cultural and social programming that is of interest to the Law School community.

Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
NALSA is an all-inclusive group devoted to increasing awareness of legal issues affecting Native populations and enabling Law School students to engage in cultural, educational, professional, service and social activities related to Native culture, communities and the like. NALSA also aims to help the faculty consider the concerns of Native students when considering academic matters, events, admissions and other aspects of UVA Law.

Student Bar Association (SBA)
The SBA is the student governing association for the Law School with the general goal of improving students' experience. The SBA encourages student involvement in its 18 committees (i.e., Programming, Diversity, Academic Concerns, Student-Faculty Interaction, Placement, Barristers' Ball) and SBA class representative or office elections in the spring.

Virginia Law Women (VLW)
VLW is dedicated to addressing issues that interest, concern and affect women in law school. Members may take part in VLW's mentoring program, attend VLW meetings and activities, and/or join any of VLW's active committees (i.e. scholarship, speakers, community affairs, feminist awareness).

Women of Color
Women of Color provides social support to the diverse population of women at the Law School; promotes the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural, social, and community service programs; and provides a forum for discussing issues affecting women of color in the Law School and the University community. Women of Color seeks to achieve these goals through service projects and fundraisers benefiting the University community and the greater Charlottesville-Albemarle area, social gatherings to promote fun and friendship, and open communication and involvement with the administration, professors, other student organizations, and the undergraduate community.

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UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTERS

In addition to the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the University offers numerous other research centers, departments and programs that address racial and cultural diversity.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia was established in 1981 in response to student and faculty demands for a more coherent African-American and African Studies program and a more aggressive program of minority recruitment at the University. It is an interdisciplinary teaching and research center, drawing the majority of its faculty and students from the humanities and social sciences.

Center for South Asian Studies
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia is one of 11 federally funded National Resource Centers for the Study of South Asia- its diverse peoples, languages, cultures, religions and history. Coordinating academic studies, outreach programs, and research relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet, the Center offers a wide range of courses in South Asia's languages and the disciplines, a comprehensive library, and substantial fellowship support as well as educational and cultural programs in the community.

Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures
and Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
Almost two-thirds of the world's population live in Asia and the Middle East, and a greater percentage than that, from the Maghrib in the west to Japan in the east, speak major Asian and Middle Eastern languages. In the 21st century knowledge and understanding of that part of the world will become increasingly important for people in any profession or field of endeavor. To address that crucial need, the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures offer a comprehensive curriculum in some of the major languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. The programs have taught Arabic (classical and modern), Chinese (classical and modern), Hebrew (modern), with Biblical taught in Religious Studies, Hindi, Japanese (modern and pre-modern), Persian, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Literature courses are also offered. Most literature courses are offered in the language and many are offered in English, with readings in translation.

East Asia Center
The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and students interested in East and Southeast Asia and to encourage extra-curricular lectures and activities. It is an interdisciplinary organization of faculty associates, each of whom is a full member of a department. The Center administers the interdisciplinary M.A. and MBA/MA degree programs in Asian Studies; encourages and coordinates Asia-related activities, especially the lecture series; and administers a travel grant program for student and faculty travel to Asia.

Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
How shall we make sense of the changing world around us? This question defines the intellectual mission of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a non-profit, interdisciplinary research center at the University of Virginia. Through a wide-ranging program of research, writing, graduate studies, lectureships, and conferences, the Institute investigates contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals and for society. In particular, the Institute is concerned with understanding the changing frameworks of meaning and moral order in contemporary America, the frameworks within which individual life, institutional adaptation, and political conflict in our society unfold. The Institute offers critical insight and educational resources to all those concerned with responding creatively and strategically to the challenges posed by a time of extraordinary change.

The Lorna Sundberg International Center
Since 1972, UVA's International Center (IC) has promoted intercultural exchange through various educational and social programs. The IC provides a comfortable and dynamic forum for learning about the world's cultures and exploring the rich diversity within our international community of students, scholars, faculty, and local residents.

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