The University of Memphis—Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
1 N. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2189, USA
Phone: 901.678.5403 | Fax: 901.678.0741
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.memphis.edu/law
Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
The University of Memphis School of Law does not discriminate in admission or employment on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation.
Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?
Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?
Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?
Many members of the LGBT community are involved in OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students and friends that sponsors social and law-related programming. LGBT students are also represented in other student organizations and serve in leadership positions.
OutLaw seeks to educate its members and the wider law school community by hosting speakers from organizations, such as Lambda Legal and the Tennessee Equality Project, that strive to combat and repeal discriminatory laws. OutLaw provides representation and welcoming opportunities for LGBT students, as well as the many members who simply wish to support equality and to learn more about the laws changing the face of civil rights in the South.
OutLaw has hosted a discussion panel on hate-crime legislation in Tennessee featuring state legislators and attorneys. In conjunction with career services, OutLaw also hosts panel discussions on working in Tennessee as an LGBT attorney or working on gay-rights issues.
Although Tennessee has a reputation for conservative politics, there are a variety of active and vocal LGBT rights organizations working to advance LGBT equality on the local, state, and federal levels. Several of OutLaw’s alumni are currently involved in those organizations. Alumni of OutLaw currently occupy seats on the boards of both the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center and the Tennessee Equality Project and are actively involved in progressive political organizations across the state.
Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?
Director of Advocacy and Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law
Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?
Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?
No. However, professors frequently discuss LGBT topics in class.
Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?
Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?
Memphis Law provides a welcoming environment for LGBT students. The school has successfully enrolled transgender students. Memphis itself is a comfortable city for LGBT individuals, although not all of Tennessee is that welcoming. The University of Memphis School of Law does not ask applicants to identify themselves by reference to either sexual orientation or identity; we do ask for biological gender information for statistical purposes only. Applicants often disclose sexual orientation and identity in their personal statements to support how they will add to diversity, to explain their interest in law or the legal career they would like to pursue, or as a means to address other issues they may wish to bring to the Admissions Committee’s attention.