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Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes Asian or Pacific Islander?

Asia is Earth’s largest and most populous continent and varies greatly acrossits regions in regards to ethnic groups and cultures. Asia comprises approximately 50 countries, going as far west as Egypt and as far south as the Oceana archipelago. Even Russia has been considered part of Asia!


I was not in NAPALSA previously. Can I run for a position?

Yes, Elections take place on Friday at 4:00 p.m. during the NAPABA conference. Each school makes up one vote. The individual receiving the most votes is considered the elected candidate. After the elections, a transition meeting is held on Saturday. Current board members will help explain their roles and duties to new board members during this meeting. 

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I am not American; can I still join?

Yes! NAPALSA understands that there are foreign law students that seek to further their legal careers in the U.S. be it through J.D. or L.L.M. programs. We welcome you and look for pathways with NAPABA to help further your career development and opportunities here in the U.S.

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What positions can I run for?

NAPALSA available positions include:

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Transitional Chair

  • Conference Chair

  • Public Relations Chair

  • Regional Director 

Please visit the current board page to see a full list of NAPALSA positions.

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I am not Asian or Pacific Islander; can I still join?

Of course. NAPALSA is all-inclusive. We welcome everyone who seeks to represent, support, and/or advocate for the interest of Asian Pacific American Law Students career development and opportunities.

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I am a recent law school graduate. How can I help support NAPALSA?

Recent graduates are encouraged to reach out to the active NAPALSA president at  in order to discuss speaker, mentorship, and  alumni liaison opportunities. 

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