Dear Potential Sponsor,
BLSA’s 2015-2016 programming will be centered around the theme, “Building a Culture of Success: Leading for Change.” We chose this theme because we believe BLSA has a duty to serve those in need, both inside and outside of the Law School. This theme will be served by three separate modules: “Broadening the Impact of Service,” “Sustaining Educational Excellence,” and, “Engaging Leaders in the Law.” With these efforts, BLSA intends to be at the forefront of creating a Community of Help by providing focused programming to students and the greater Chicago community during the 2015-2016 year.
In order to make our vision a reality, we will participate in several community service events that will broaden the impact of service and allow students to work in the local community. Our anticipated community service programs include:
- Read to Achieve: Four local elementary schools will be selected to participate in our legal themed reading challenge. Teachers will give students a reading goal and upon completion of the goal we will host a pizza party.
- Eyes on the Prize: Six local middle schools will be selected to take a field trip to the Law School to view a civil rights film and discuss how they can create a community of help. Students will also have lunch with current law students and discuss how to be successful in high school and beyond.
- Law Student for a Day: Local talented high school students will experience law school through a mock law class and a law student panel.
BLSA will also continue our successful workshops designed to help law students enhance their educational excellence as they begin their legal education. Highlights from these events include:
- Faculty of Color Meet and Greet: All students are given an opportunity to build personal relationships with the Law School’s diverse faculty members at the beginning of the academic year.
- Tools for Success: Each quarter we host various workshops on topics including class preparation and participation, exam taking strategies, resume review, and job search advice.
- Student Mentoring Program: First-year law students are paired with second-year or third-year law students for academic, professional, and personal mentoring. We will host one mandatory mentor-mentee outing per quarter.
Creating a strong network is essential for a successful legal career. In the coming year, BLSA is committed to hosting programs that will allow students at the Law School to connect with leaders in the law. Our ideas for networking activities include:
- 1L BLSA Mentoring Program: Current 1L students are matched with professional mentors to create opportunities for informal and formal mentoring.
- Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner: A formal dinner during alumni reunion weekend where current BLSA students can engage alumni on a personal level and where the chapter can recognize distinguished alumni.
- Lunch with a Leader: Monthly intimate lunches BLSA members can engage a local leader within the legal community on pressing topics in the community at large, the legal profession, and general advice for managing a legal career.
The goal for all of our programming is to foster an environment where students are motivated to achieve and inspire others. We hope that by creating such an environment we add value to students at the University of Chicago Law School, and by extension, to your firm and to the greater Chicago community.
In support of our aforementioned efforts, we invite you to consider sponsoring our organization. BLSA depends on contributions, and with your pledge of support, we can continue organizing programs which nurture the University of Chicago Law School student body.
We welcome your consideration and thank you for your time. If you have any questions about our programming or how you might contribute to our efforts, please feel free to contact us personally.