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  • Writer's pictureSam Poursafar

The Beginning of the Business Law & Investing Society at UCLA

Why did you create the Business Law & Investing Society (BLIS) at UCLA and what is your mission for the organization?

I founded BLIS at UCLA to create an approachable, inclusive community for all students interested in law and finance. Before I created BLIS, I browsed through several UCLA pre-law and finance clubs, and I was surprised by their exclusivity and elitist nature.

In order to build on UCLA's core value of accessibility, I made sure BLIS did not have any fees, costs, or long, tedious application processes for our members. I firmly believe higher education should open doors and easily facilitate students’ abilities to freely develop their interests. BLIS provides a range of free benefits to all members who join via our streamlined application, including networking and guest speaker events with lawyers from top law firms, like Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Cooley LLP, as well as engaging workshops in business law and investing.

I hope my club gives students who feel discouraged from entering these competitive fields the chance to pursue their passion in law and finance. I want BLIS to be a part of the current change many law and finance firms are undertaking to become more diverse and inclusive. I am excited to welcome everyone interested on board as I know we can make a meaningful impact on UCLA and beyond together.

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