University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Katrin Schroll, Assistant Dean for Admissions
500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
Phone: 410.706.3492 | Fax: 410.706.1793
Email: admissions@law.umaryland.edu | Website: www.law.umaryland.edu

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

In accordance with the University of Maryland, Baltimore Non-Discrimination Policy, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran's status, or age in its programs and activities. Specifically, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in UMB's programs and activities. UMB will take steps to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

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

In accordance with the University of Maryland, Baltimore Non-Discrimination Policy, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran's status, or age in its programs and activities. Specifically, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in UMB's programs and activities. UMB will take steps to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes. There are four gender-neutral private bathrooms in, or near, two main student lounges. Additionally, there is a gender-neutral bathroom, with 10 stalls, located on the 2nd floor (classroom floor).

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

OUTLaw Student Organization
admissions@law.umaryland.edu
410.706.3492

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

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is proud of our diverse community which includes faculty and administrators who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ community.  Prospective students interested in contacting openly LGBTQ members of our community are strongly encouraged to contact Katrin Schroll, Assistant Dean for Admissions at admissions@law.umaryland.edu or 410.706.3492.

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

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is proud of our diverse community which includes faculty and administrators who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ community.  Prospective students interested in contacting openly LGBTQ members of our community are strongly encouraged to contact Katrin Schroll, Assistant Dean for Admissions at admissions@law.umaryland.edu or 410.706.3492.

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

Sexuality and the Law Seminar - Spring 2019
(Typically taught once a year and in the spring semester).

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

Yes

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

In 2012, The Civil Marriage Protection Act was passed by Maryland’s General Assembly and signed by Governor Martin O’Malley. A majority of Maryland voters approved this law by a statewide referendum on Nov. 6, 2012 and it went into effect on January 1, 2013 providing legal marriage, as well as all its benefits and responsibilities, to same-sex couples in Maryland.  The Windsor decision (2013) and the Obergefell decision (2015) extended federal rights, benefits and protections to same-sex couples in all states and US territories.

With the enactment of The Civil Marriage Protection Act (aka Marriage Equality), which extends the legal right to marriage to same-sex couples, domestic partners benefits for same-sex couples were abolished in Maryland.

Additional Information

The deans and faculty of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law strive to maintain and promote a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all members of the LGBTQ community. We are proud that approximately 10% of our faculty and senior administrators identify themselves as members of the LGBTQ community, with a large significant number of the rest of our community identifying themselves as committed allies of the LGBTQ community. Furthermore, all the deans are committed allies or members of the LGBTQ community and stand ready to offer support and assistance to our LGBTQ students. Specifically, our Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion provides lectures on topics such as Identifying and Reducing Bias, Using Pronouns Appropriately and others. He also provides guidance and counseling to faculty, administrators and students on an ongoing basis.

We are also proud of our LGBTQ student population. Throughout the years, many of our LGBTQ students have consistently emerged as leaders through their academic success, participation in law review, journal and/or our trial/advocacy programs, clinics and community outreach initiatives. Also, our OUTLaw Student Organization continues to be an active, vibrant and visible student group within our community.  Throughout the academic year, OUTLaw provides educational programming related to LGBTQ issues and social events aimed at building community.

Our Admissions professionals strongly encourage applicants to identify themselves as members of the LGBTQ community in their Application, Personal Statement or Diversity Statement. More specifically, we encourage all LGBTQ applicants to contact us and schedule a visit, or a counseling appointment by phone, in order to address your specific questions and/or concerns, and get to know one of the LGBTQ members of our community.  Please contact Assistant Dean Katrin Schroll at: admissions@law.umaryland.edu or 410.706.3492.