The local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is named in honor of the first African American student admitted to OU Law: Dr. Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher. Dr. Fisher’s Supreme Court case, litigated by Thurgood Marshall, desegregated OU Law and led to the historic Brown v. Board of Education holding.
Black Law Students Association

OU BLSA’s mission is to provide guidance to Black law students in their academic, professional, and social endeavors. In the spirit of Dr. Fisher’s legacy, OU BLSA strives to uplift Black law students at OU Law by facilitating a welcoming environment in Oklahoma.

As the 2021-2022 Regional and National Small Chapter of the Year, we conduct programming in areas of academic excellence, social cohesion, alumni relations, professional development, pro-bono & community service, and pre-law initiatives. With consistent student engagement and a strong alumni presence, OU BLSA is one of the most active student organizations on OU Law’s campus. OU BLSA not only provides members with holistic skills, but also facilitates fellowship within the community.

The OU Law community honors Dr. Fisher’s legacy, as the stone once rejected became the cornerstone. OU BLSA endeavors to continue Dr. Fisher’s legacy as the cornerstone by confronting injustice and using the law to advance progress.

OU BLSA has received the honor of regional and national recognition in the following categories:

  • National Small Chapter of the Year: 2010, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Regional Small Chapter of the Year: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition: 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition: 2012, 2018, 2020, 2021

Additional Awards:

  • 2022 Regional Community Service Award
  • 2019 Regional Chapter President of the Year
  • 2013 Best Regional Program

Above all else, OU BLSA strives to advance social justice, racial equity, and the empowerment of future Black lawyers.

Welcome to the OU BLSA family; we hope to meet you soon!