Meet the Affinity Group Leaders: Zain Ahmad (SALSA)

Name: Zain Ahmad

Year: 2L, Class of 2017zbc

Affinity Group: South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA); President

Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University, BA Political Science, graduated cum laude

Experiences between college and law school: 

I worked as a paralegal at Covington & Burling LLP in New York City for two years.

Favorite event that your organization plans:

I’m proud of SALSA’s programming this year. My favorite events are the ones where we collaborate with other student organizations on campus to advance important conversations forward. It was a pleasure working with the Women’s Law Center (WLC) on our first film screening of “He Named Me Malala” with an open discussion following the movie. I also enjoyed working with the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) on Culture Shock: Spectrums of Privilege and the ensuing conversations the event sparked. I am looking forward to our forthcoming collaboration with the Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) on Monday April 4th where we will have a roundtable discussion on breaking stereotypes in the current political climate. My hope this semester was to partner up with many student organizations on campus and help advance important conversations forward.

Favorite event a different organization plans:

I really enjoy the events the Business Law Society puts on every year. They bring in excellent leaders and cover a wide variety of practice areas. My favorite event was when the General Counsel from Pixar came to BC Law.

Activities at BC Law (besides being in your organization)

Law Students Association, Committee on Institutional Development

BC Law Impact Blog, Contributor

Community Enterprise Clinic

Favorite class:

Corporations with Professor Brian JM Quinn

Law of Philanthropy with Professor William Bagley

Contracts with Dean Vincent Rougeau

Summer Employment:

1L Summer: Law Clerk at NASA – National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Office of the General Counsel

2L Summer: Summer Associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in New York City

What will you do after graduation?:

I hope to continue working at Goodwin Procter.

Why law school?

Many of the systematic problems I hope to impact are rooted in law and policy, and I believe that the law provides a powerful set of tools with which to address them.

Why BC Law?

I was in London when I received my admission email from BC Law and shortly afterwards my dad messaged me a photo of a handwritten “Welcome to BC Law” card. The card was written and signed by Professor Mary Bilder (my 1L Property Professor). I had a feeling from that point forward I was going to have a law school community where I could grow academically, professionally, and most importantly – personally.

What most surprised you about BC Law when you got here?

What surprised me most about the BC Law community was how committed it is to your intellectual, professional, and personal development. My professors and colleagues take themselves seriously, but not too seriously. Everyone is committed to your development and well-being.


This new “Meet the” series introduces you to the diverse affinity student group leaders on campus. 

Zain Ahmad is a 2L at BC Law and the SALSA President. Feel free to contact him with questions about his experience, BC Law, or law school in general. Comment here or send him an e-mail at 


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