What is the BSA?

We are the Board of Student Advisers, a student organization charged with providing several essential services to the Harvard Law School community: we serve as teaching assistants in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Program, as academic and pastoral advisers to members of the first-year class, and as administrators of the Ames Moot Court competition.

Our Mission is to build a community, both among first-year students and among the diverse student body of the Harvard Law School.

We are unique among student organizations in that our role is both to provide opportunities for students to engage with intellectually challenging legal problems and to serve as a support network for students going through the difficult academic and personal transition to law school.

The Board is a highly selective student organization. Members are recommended from a broad pool of applicants by a committee of sitting Board members based on editing and mentoring skills, prior work or teaching experience, and a personal statement essay. Taken together with first-year grades, advice and comment by faculty members and fellow BSAs, the head of the First Year Legal Writing program reviews these recommendations to arrive at the final admission decision. This coming academic year, forty-two members will serve on the Board.

We invite you to learn more about the Board — the links to the left lead to information about our work on campus, and our role in the Harvard Law community.


The 2010-2011 BSA Executive Board
Amir Ali, President
Chloe Kolman, Vice President Ames
Andrew Madsen, Vice President 1L Program
Emily Mathews, Vice President Management
For general questions about the Board, contact Yvonne Smith.
For questions about our website, contact Cecil Hall.


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