Asian Pacific American Law Student Association


APALSA serves as a social, academic, cultural, and professional resource for both students from Asian Pacific areas and students who are interested in Asian cultures in law school. APALSA also provides a forum where students are free to exchange their opinions about Asian Pacific legal issues and political matters. Additionally, APALSA aims to enhance members’ experiences at the Law School through various programs targeted to promote interaction between students and with faculty.     


Our group welcomes all the law school students interested in Asian culture, history, and law. APALSA values diversity; therefore, we encourage students from different backgrounds and cultures to join us. We hope that every member can benefit from the interaction of different cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political views.

Members also enjoy the Internal Mentorship Program (IMP), alumni networking events, lectures, scholarship opportunities, and social events. Our alumni are engaged in a variety of legal careers, ranging from government to private law firm, and public interest organizations. APALSA provides law students opportunities to network with Asian-American lawyers and learn from practicing attorneys focusing on international and Asia-specific issues.

We want to enhance our members’ academic and social achievement and hope that we can work together to build a strong community and foster harmony among the  various law school organizations. ​    

A word from our advisors       

"When you’re starting law school and transplanted to southern Indiana, APALSA quickly becomes home: a place to kick back, find community, explore the legal profession, and engage in the issues you care about."

—Prof. Carwina Weng

"APALSA provides students with a community of support. The members come from diverse backgrounds and there is an opportunity to get to know people with a range of experiences - from within the United States and globally as well. APALSA also offers educational programs, mentoring, and  chances for students to learn from professors, practitioners, and outside speakers who provide their experiences on how law intersects with a number of different fields."

—Prof. Jay Krishnan              

Executive Board    
  • Rita Xia, President (
  • Rhea Bagaria, Vice President
  • Yuning Tian, Treasurer
  • Fuxing Sai, Secretary
  • Jigyasa Singla, Academic Initiative Chair
Faculty Advisors
  • Professor Carwina Weng
  • Professor Jayanth Krishnan