The University of Texas School of Law

The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Phone: 512.232.1200
Email: admissions@law.utexas.edu | Website: law.utexas.edu

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

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the university community. In accordance with federal and state law, the university prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race; color; religion; national origin; gender, including sexual harassment; age; disability; citizenship; and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is also prohibited pursuant to university policy.

Inquiries Regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy

For concerns related to age, gender, and sexual harassment, contact

Jennifer Hammat
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
121 Main Building
PO Box 7699, G5000
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512.471.1133

For all other concerns related to the nondiscrimination policy, contact

Jennifer Maedgen
Senior Associate Vice President
2304 Whitis Avenue Mail Stop G4600
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512.471.6259

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

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the university community. In accordance with federal and state law, the university prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race; color; religion; national origin; gender, including sexual harassment; age; disability; citizenship; and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is also prohibited pursuant to university policy.

Inquiries Regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy

For concerns related to age, gender, and sexual harassment, contact

Jennifer Hammat
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
121 Main Building
PO Box 7699, G5000
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512.471.1133

For all other concerns related to the nondiscrimination policy, contact

Jennifer Maedgen
Senior Associate Vice President
2304 Whitis Avenue Mail Stop G4600
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512.471.6259

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OUTLaw is the LGBTQ-specific student organization at The University of Texas School of Law. Over the course of 2017-2018, OUTLaw hosted a number of events of which we, as a board, are quite proud. First, OUTLaw and the Mithoff Pro Bono Program held the Trans Name and Gender Marker Project, a pro bono clinic in which students and supervising attorneys prepared pro se petitions for low-income trans applicants to change their names and/or gender markers. This is UT Law’s first trans-centric pro bono clinic, and the project leadership team is excited to helm the project for its fourth year during 2018-2019.

Second, OUTLaw annually sends a group of students to Lavender Law, the LGBTQ Bar’s national conference. In previous years, the conference has been held in Washington DC and San Francisco, and this year’s conference will be taking place in New York City. This year’s attendees are excited to begin networking with LGBTQ attorneys from across the country.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, OUTLaw also held monthly social events—from happy hours and movie nights to a hike up Mount Bonnell. Social events are tailored to our current members’ interests, so if there’s an area of Austin that you want to explore, let us know!

Finally, OUTLaw is proud to have an active and friendly relationship with the Austin LGBTQ Bar Association and enjoys connecting our members with potential mentors from a wide array of practice areas. These relationships are a great way to network in the community, seek advice generally or on specific LGBTQ issues—such as being out in the workplace.

These current members of OUTLaw are happy to connect with any LGBTQ candidate who may be interested in Texas Law:

Meredith Luneack
Email: mluneack@utexas.edu

Doreen Pirouz
Email: doreenpirouz@utexas.edu

Taylor Schmitt
Email: tschmitt@utexas.edu

You can always email us at outlaw.txlaw@gmail.com to connect with our organization. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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

Kevin Haynes
Email: khaynes@law.utexas.edu

There are additional LGBTQ faculty and, as a whole, the faculty is very welcoming toward and supportive of LGBTQ students and the incorporation of LGBTQ issues in their courses. Many faculty are open to talking with prospective students. Please contact Mario Villa, Director of Student Recruitment and Financial Aid, at mvilla@law.utexas.edu if you would like to be connected with such faculty.

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

Mario A. Villa
Director of Student Recruitment and Financial Aid
Email: mvilla@law.utexas.edu

Dave E. Farnum
Deputy to the Dean
Email: dfarnum@law.utexas.edu

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

Although the University of Texas School of Law does not offer any LGBTQ-specific courses, queer issues permeate law classes, especially constitutional law classes, as the issue is front and center of both regional and national jurisprudence today. Queer students, allies, and professors openly discuss sexuality in class in an extremely professional and proud way. Being a top-tier research university, law students have the opportunity to enroll in up to 12 hours of graduate courses in disciplines such as public policy, business, educational psychology, humanities, social sciences, liberal arts, and women’s and gender studies. The LGBTQ Studies Program operates under the auspices of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies offers a Graduate Portfolio Certificate Program with a focus in LGBTQ Studies to any graduate student that is not in the department. The center provides a list of recommended courses that contain an LGBTQ emphasis that law students can access as electives in their second or third year.

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

As of July 1, 2015, UT Austin benefit-eligible employees and retirees who enter into a same-sex marriage may enroll their spouse and eligible dependent children in all benefit program coverages and services currently available to opposite-sex spouses upon application and presentation of a valid marriage certificate.

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

Yes

Additional Information

LGBTQ students are a proud and accepted community at The University of Texas School of Law and are very accepted in Austin as well. Students, both conservative and liberal, are very accepting of our open LGBTQ students. There is a large closeted community due to state and regional concerns that exist outside of Austin than any particular school attitude.

Today is an exciting time to be an LGBTQ student. Our community is small, but it grows every year, and we have a huge ally presence both in the faculty, administration, and student body. The University of Texas School of Law is a safe place to be openly gay. Anyone can access the UT Austin Gender and Sexuality Center, which provides opportunities for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. Outside of OUTLaw, LGBTQ law students can affiliate with the Queer Graduate Student Alliance (QGSA) which is an agency of the Graduate Student Assembly at UT Austin. QGSA seeks to provide social events and relevant programming to allow LGBTQ graduate and professional students to meet outside of their respective colleges and schools.

The queer community gets stronger every year. LGBTQ students have lots of support both at school and from queer lawyers around Austin, who help ensure LGBTQ students can continue to be an openly proud and loud community.