Jewish Law Student Association

Student Life

About JLSA

The JLSA is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming place for Jews and non-Jews to congregate, learn and celebrate all things Jewish. We are dedicated to providing students a forum in which they can learn about legal practices and network with Bay Area attorneys. Throughout the year, we host speaker events, holiday gatherings, and connect our members with practitioners. Please feel free to contact any of our officers with questions about our events or programs! For general inquiries or requests to receive mailings and announcements, please email



Every Fall, the JLSA hosts its famous Wine and Cheese Networking Event. Attorneys eagerly attend to meet students and answer questions about choosing a practice, picking the right firm or agency, and life as an attorney. This year, we hosted a joint event with MENALSA on November 9, 2023.

School Events

Throughout the academic year, JLSA hosts and sponsors various events. These events included speaker events and discussions about various issues, panel events regarding emerging topics, professional legal topics, and fun Jewish culture event like “build your own pita.” The range of issues discussed included the Israel-Gaza War, Abortion and Jewish Law, Litigation versus Transactional Law, and more. 


We do our best to make sure students are not alone for the holidays. The JLSA works closely with Chabad of Santa Clara and Hillel of Silicon Valley to provide tickets to high-holiday services at neighboring synagogues and the opportunity to join a Jewish family for their holiday celebrations. We invite all to our annual Passover Seder and our Purim celebration. 

If you would like help finding a place to celebrate a Jewish holiday, please reach out to us at


2023-2024 Officers:


Karina Vals

Vice President

Oren Rosenberg


Karina Vals


Alisha Hacker

1L Rep

Adi Ofir

Active Member Organization, Student Bar Association 2023-2024