University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
225 Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Phone: 510.642.2274 | Fax: 510.643.6222
Email: admissions@law.berkeley.edu | Website: www.law.berkeley.edu

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

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and University policy, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

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

Yes

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

Boalt Hall Queer Caucus
Email: queercaucus@boalt.org
Website: www.boalt.org/queercaucus

For additional information, you may also contact

Emil Ray
Email: emilmray@yahoo.com

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?

Yes

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

Offered each spring semester, Sexual Orientation and the Law is designed to explore the relationship between sexual orientation, gender, nonconformity, and law. The course examines legal principles that might be used to limit the ability of government and other institutions to disadvantage people because of their sexual orientation. There is special emphasis on constitutional doctrines, including equal protection and due process/privacy. The course looks at how courts have used these doctrines to help—or more often, not to help—lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals in critical aspects of their lives (employment, housing, family relationships, etc.). The course takes a hard look at the philosophy that informs each doctrine to see if law would be helpful in coping with sexual orientation discrimination and issues of gender. Finally, the course identifies practical problems in making legal policy about sexual orientation, and examines how the philosophical conclusions drawn might be used in day-to-day litigation and policy-making.

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

The University of California offers domestic partners of faculty and staff an array of medical, dental, vision, dependent life, accidental death and dismemberment, and legal expense insurance coverage.

Coverage is also available to faculty and staff’s natural children, adopted children, stepchildren, legal wards, disabled children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and adult dependent relatives. In addition, natural children and grandchildren of faculty and staff’s domestic partners are eligible for coverage.

The University of California, Berkeley offers apartments for married, single-parent, and same-sex domestic-partner families in two locations in Berkeley. Eligibility for each unit type is based on the size of your family. You should apply early, even before notification of admission, as there is a chronological waiting list. The waiting period can range from two to twelve months depending on the type of apartment requested and the time of year.

Rental rates for family student housing are very reasonable and include all utilities except telephone service. Rates are subject to annual increases to cover operating and future construction costs. Each family will be assigned one parking space at the time of move-in.

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

The University of California offers domestic partners of faculty and staff an array of medical, dental, vision, dependent life, accidental death and dismemberment, and legal expense insurance coverage.

Coverage is also available to faculty and staff’s natural children, adopted children, stepchildren, legal wards, disabled children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and adult dependent relatives. In addition, natural children and grandchildren of faculty and staff’s domestic partners are eligible for coverage.

The University of California, Berkeley offers apartments for married, single-parent, and same-sex domestic-partner families in two locations in Berkeley. Eligibility for each unit type is based on the size of your family. You should apply early, even before notification of admission, as there is a chronological waiting list. The waiting period can range from two to twelve months depending on the type of apartment requested and the time of year.

Rental rates for family student housing are very reasonable and include all utilities except telephone service. Rates are subject to annual increases to cover operating and future construction costs. Each family will be assigned one parking space at the time of move-in.

Additional Information

Berkeley Law School has a long history of inclusion and diversity in its student body. New admits are given the opportunity to self-identify and to be contacted by student organizations like the Queer Caucus. Berkeley's LGBTQ+ community is fully integrated into all aspects of the school and its offerings. The general level of consciousness in the San Francisco Bay Area is advanced.