The University of Chicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School
Admissions Office, 1111 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Phone: 773.702.9494 | Fax: 773.834.0942
Email: admissions@law.uchicago.edu | Website: www.law.uchicago.edu

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

Discrimination based on factors irrelevant to admission, employment, or program participation violates the University's principles. In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. Such discrimination is unlawful.  For additional information, view the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?

Discrimination based on factors irrelevant to admission, employment, or program participation violates the University's principles. In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. Such discrimination is unlawful.  For additional information, view the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?

OutLaw

Since its founding in 1984, OutLaw has sought to further three goals: to increase social acceptance of gay students at the Law School, to educate the Law School community on the legal status of gays and lesbians, and to provide a supportive atmosphere for gay and lesbian law students. To these ends, OutLaw has, as examples, successfully negotiated for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University's nondiscrimination clause; organized the first national law school conference on sexual orientation and the law; hosted presentations on legal careers for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people by the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders; sponsored a faculty member's lecture on the constitutionality of antigay discrimination by the government, and participated in the successful lobbying effort to have a domestic-partnership program instituted at the University. Social events for members have included dinners, brunches, and outings to Chicago's North Side with gays and lesbians studying at other law and business schools in Chicago.

OutLaw has also assisted gay alumni and the Law School in establishing what we believe is the country's first law school scholarship for students who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of legal rights for gays and lesbians. Named in honor of the riot that precipitated the modern gay rights movement in 1969, the Stonewall Scholarship Fund is used to replace unnamed scholarship funds awarded by the Financial Aid Office.

Please visit our website for current information about events and speakers.

Please contact OutLaw’s student leader at outlaw@law.uchicago.edu.

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?

Yes

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?

Susan Curry
Director of Public Interest Law and Policy  
Email: currys@uchicago.edu

Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?

  • American Legal History: The Twentieth Century
  • Anthropology and Law
  • Constitutional Law III: Equal Protection
  • Constitutional Law V: Freedom of Religion
  • Constitutional Law VI: Constitutional Rights in Comparative Perspective
  • Elements of the Law
  • Emotion, Reason, and Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Family Law
  • Greenberg seminar: Sex and Civil Rights
  • Hate Crime
  • Human Rights: Contemporary Issues
  • Privacy
  • Regulation of Sexuality
  • Women's Human Rights in the World
  • workshop: Constitutional Law
  • workshop: Law and Philosophy
  • workshop: Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender
  • other family law courses

Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?

For the most up-to-date information, please visit Marriage and Partnership.

Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?

For the most up-to-date information, please visit Marriage and Partnership.

Additional Information

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the University of Chicago Law School, and this, of course, includes inclusion for members of the LGBTQ community. The Law School has a substantial LGBTQ student community and a very active LGBTQ student organization, OutLaw, which provides social and intellectual opportunities for students throughout the year. Transgender students are welcome at the Law School and both the University and the Law School provide unisex bathroom facilities. The Law School curriculum includes courses specific to gender identity and sexual orientation, and also addresses related topics in a wide variety of more general courses. The city of Chicago, one of the most inclusive LGBTQ cities in the country, has several neighborhoods boasting large LGBTQ populations, many businesses catering to the community, a proud history celebrated with a Landmarks Tour and a Legacy Walk, and a massive Pride Parade each June. Applicants to the Law School are welcome to address issues of gender identity and/or sexual orientation in their applications, which the Admissions Committee reviews as part of a holistic process. The Stonewall Scholarship is available for students who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of legal rights for gays and lesbians.