Boston University School of Law

Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Phone: 617.353.3100 | Fax: 617.353.0578
Email: bulawadm@bu.edu | Website: www.bu.edu/law

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

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or marital, parental, or veteran status. This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities, including admission, financial assistance, educational and athletic programs, housing, employment, compensation, employee benefits, and the providing of, or access to, university services or facilities.

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

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or marital, parental, or veteran status. This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities, including admission, financial assistance, educational and athletic programs, housing, employment, compensation, employee benefits, and the providing of, or access to, university services or facilities.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OutLaw is Boston University School of Law’s student group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied students. OutLaw provides leadership and educational opportunities and strives to connect Boston University School of Law to the LGBTQ legal community. OutLaw organizes events with other LGBTQ law student groups in Boston and serves as a safe haven for all students, while encouraging discussion of LGBTQ issues. The organization has an extensive alumni list due to the long history of LGBTQ students at BU Law. For more information, contact

Office of Student Affairs
Email: studaff@bu.edu

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

Robert Volk
Director, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program
Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Email: rvolk@bu.edu
Phone: 617-353-3156

Professor Volk is a member of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association and serves as faculty advisor to OutLaw, the law school’s LGBTQ student group.

Ronald Wheeler
Director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries
Associate Professor of Law and Legal Research
Email: wheelerr@bu.edu
Phone: 617-358-3044

Does your 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?

The Law and Sexual Minorities (JD957) seminar will consider the legal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. In particular, the seminar will cover evolving family structures, privacy rights, the military, employment discrimination, and the tension between protecting the rights of victims of discrimination and those who discriminate.

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

Benefits are available for eligible family members, which include “your legally married or same-sex spouse.”

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

Benefits are available for eligible family members, which include “your legally married or same-sex spouse.”

Additional Information

The overall climate for LGBTQ students is one of acceptance and integration into the fabric of the BU School of Law. LGBTQ students thrive here, and each year we have LGBTQ students on Law Review, elected to student government, and elected to leadership positions in student organizations.