PALS Mission Statement

Pilipinx American Law Society (PALS) is a student-led group that strives to address the needs of law students of Pilipinx descent through mentorship, career advising, and social activities. Born of the common experiences and challenges of students from Filipino-American law students, PALS is a community that fosters inclusiveness, well-being, and academic achievement throughout students’ time at Berkeley Law.

Building Pilipinx Community in the Legal Profession

Recognizing that Pilipinx people make up a very small percentage of the legal profession, PALS is part of the effort to break down barriers that Pilipinx people face in the legal profession. PALS partnerships extend beyond the walls of Berkeley Law to the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, the undergraduate pre-law community at UC Berkeley, and PALS at various Bay Area law schools. PALS is currently building its alumni database. If you are a PALS alum, please contact the PALS leadership at to receive an alumni information-gathering form.

Fostering Pilipinx Excellence and Community

PALS exists not only to provide only a tight-knit Pilipinx community at Berkeley Law but also to make visible Pilipinx leadership and success in the legal profession. To that end, PALS events take a variety of forms from various study halls, to lumpia sale fundraisers, to visits to the chambers of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (the first Pilipina Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court), to cross-Bay Area PALS programs with our neighboring law schools.