Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips (BLAST) is one way students at Berkeley Law can engage in pro bono legal services. BLAST allows students to take a short, but deep dive serving clients over school breaks outside of the Bay Area. Students work alongside established grassroots legal services agencies, gaining insight into the ways these organizations adapt their work to the unique challenges and needs of their respective communities. BLAST is a service-learning experience that helps equip students with the tools to understand the complex needs of communities similar to and different from their own, helping foster an active generation of thoughtful community lawyers. In years past, BLAST has traveled to rural Kentucky, the Central Valley of California, Mississippi, South Texas, Tijuana, and Los Angeles. BLAST, like SLPS, is student-initiated and operates in conjunction with the Berkeley Law Pro Bono Program.
The 2020-2021 BLAST Application is now live. Applications are due Tuesday, September 1, 2020 before midnight.