University of California, Irvine School of Law

University of California, Irvine School of Law
401 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Phone: 949.824.5335
Email: admissions@law.uci.edu | Website: www.law.uci.edu

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

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is committed to a policy against legally impermissible, arbitrary, or unreasonable discriminatory practices. All groups, including administration, faculty, student governments, and programs sponsored by the Law School, are governed by this policy of non-discrimination. The Law School’s policy on nondiscrimination is to comply fully with applicable law.

The UC Irvine School of Law shall not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in UCI Law-sponsored programs and activities.

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

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is committed to a policy against legally impermissible, arbitrary, or unreasonable discriminatory practices. All groups, including administration, faculty, student governments, and programs sponsored by the Law School, are governed by this policy of non-discrimination. The Law School’s policy on nondiscrimination is to comply fully with applicable law.

The UC Irvine School of Law shall not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in UCI Law-sponsored programs and activities.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OutLaw at UCI Law facilitates civic and social activities by and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community at UCI Law through education, community empowerment, and activism.

Education and Scholarship

OutLaw at UCI Law promotes discussions about the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, and the law. LGBTQIA+ communities experience unique challenges to attaining access to justice and inclusion in the legal industry. Many LGBTQIA+ clients lack access to competent representation. They face unfriendly legal precedent, attacks from legislatures, and disparate enforcement. We seek to highlight local and national conversations about these issues and to provide opportunities for related scholarship at UCI Law. Recently, OutLaw was awarded funding for a multiday symposium on legal issues that affect transgender communities.

Community Empowerment

OutLaw provides networking, social, and leadership opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We support and empower each other to become stronger advocates and legal professionals by holding space for LGBTQIA+ members of the UCI Law community. Please contact us to sign up for our Listserv to receive updates about upcoming events.

Activism

OutLaw connects UCI Law community members with opportunities to advocate for the safety, inclusion, and equality of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We encourage all OutLaw members to participate in pro bono projects that serve local LGBTQIA+ communities such as the Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic at the LGBT Center OC in Santa Ana.

Contact Information:

Caspian Nash
Email: c.nash@lawnet.uci.edu 

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

Professor Christopher Leslie
OutLaw Faculty Advisor
Email: cleslie@law.uci.edu

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

Jay Austin
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Financial Services
Email: jaustin@law.uci.edu

Estuardo Ponciano
Director of Admissions
Email: eponciano@law.uci.edu

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

Students feel comfortable bringing up an LGBTQIA+ perspective in different courses. One LGBTQIA+-specific course is offered:

Law and Sexuality explores the ways in which the law constructs and regulates sexuality. Topics covered include criminal and civil prohibitions on sex; constitutional equality based on sex and sexual orientation; First Amendment limits on the regulation of sexuality-related speech and expression; employment discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, and sexual orientation; and family law, including marriage and parental rights. Class materials include case law, case documents, press accounts, legal scholarship, and sources from other academic disciplines. This is a three-unit course.

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

All graduate students who are enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) have the option to enroll eligible dependents in a voluntary plan. The plan provides medical insurance and the option to add dental and vision benefits.

Please Note
If both student parents are covered by SHIP, their children may be covered as the dependents of either student, but not both.

Dependent Eligibility and Documentation

Students are required to provide proof of dependent status when enrolling their dependents in the plan. The following documents are acceptable:

  • Spouse: marriage certificate
  • Same-Sex Domestic Partner: a Declaration of Domestic Partnership issued by the State of California, or of same-sex legal union other than marriage formed in another jurisdiction, or a completed Declaration of Domestic Partnership form issued by the university
  • Natural Child: a birth certificate showing that the student is the parent of the child
  • Stepchild: a birth certificate and a marriage certificate showing that one of the parents listed in the birth certificate is married to the student
  • Adopted or Foster Child: documentation from the placement agency showing that the student has the legal right to control the child’s health care

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

Yes

Additional Information

LGBTQIA+ members of the UCI Law community feel pretty comfortable being out. As we are a small community, students, faculty, and administrators are very supportive of our students and their activities. While Orange County is historically more conservative than LA or the Bay Area, the UCI campus and the law school in particular provide a welcoming, supportive environment for all of our students.