Dear Incoming Students,
Our names are Jiha Ko and Michelle Sohn and on behalf of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), we want to congratulate you on your admission and welcome you to Harvard Law School!
APALSA is an organization that strives to increase awareness and understanding of Asian Pacific American issues. We help give students opportunities to get to better know the law school, each other, and the community. This year, APALSA will host numerous professional, political, and social activities, including a boat cruise, ski trip, a diverse array of academic events and professional development panels, “meet-and-greets” with other graduate schools. Finally, APALSA also hosts the National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy.
APALSA also coordinates unique mentoring and social groups called “sib families,” which are led by upperclassmen, Sib families are great opportunities for first years to meet students from other sections and years and to widen their network at Harvard. Additionally, sib families provide a chance for 1Ls to get support and advice from 2Ls and 3Ls. The groups will be organized based on similar interests (both professional and personal), backgrounds, and experiences. If you are interested in becoming part of a sib family, please fill out the survey here by Friday, September 20.
APALSA’s first general body meeting will take place on Monday, September 16th from 6-8 pm in the Harkness South Dining Room. The board will be discussing their plans for the upcoming year, and we would love the opportunity to meet you. You will also be able to meet many other 2Ls and 3Ls. We will have sign-ups for APALSA committees that will be in charge of handling the group’s various events and operations for the upcoming year. Come hungry as dinner will be served!
Please let us know if you have any questions about APALSA. We look forward to meeting you in September!
Jiha Ko & Michelle Sohn
2013-2014 APALSA Co-Presidents