Latino Law Students Association
The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) seeks to remedy the under-representation of Latinos in all segments of the legal community. We strive to increase the number of Latino students enrolled in the Law School by working closely with the Admissions Office on recruitment and admissions matters. Once Latino students enroll, LLSA provides an academic and social support network, as well as a means of keeping abreast of Latino issues in the law.
LLSA is dedicated to increasing the number of Latinos in legal academia, especially on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School. This task involves locating prospective candidates and reviewing their accomplishments, as well as informing and encouraging the Law School to recruit these prospective Latino faculty.
LLSA seeks to affect the world outside the Law School by exposing law students to issues of concern to Latinos. Guest lectures, symposia, and panel discussions have been our primary means of providing a broader viewpoint in the Law School.
LLSA also serves as a contact with law firms and public interest employers interested in improving their minority representation. As it turns out, many of the people taking the lead at these law offices are LLSA alumni. Students interested in the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession and in the Law School are urged to become members of LLSA.
In 1976, Juan Luis Tienda, an inspirational University of Michigan law student, was killed in a car accident shortly before beginning his final year of law school. Juan Luis was not only an aspiring legal scholar, but also a tireless advocate for the legal rights of migrant workers and a rising leader in the Latino community.
During his time at the law school, Juan Luis volunteered with prison inmates and spent his summers providing legal assistance to agricultural workers in Michigan. As President of La Raza Law Students Association (the predecessor to LLSA), Juan Luis also sought to increase Latino student and faculty representation at Michigan Law.
Established by Juan Luis' friends and family, the Juan Luis Tienda Scholarship honors outstanding law students who have demonstrated commitment to working in underserved Latino communities. This tuition scholarship is open to first-year LLSA members. Recipients are announced at LLSA's annual Juan Luis Tienda Banquet.
To learn more about the Latino Law Students Association, please visit our website.