Charleston School of Law

Charleston School of Law
81 Mary Street, PO Box 535, Charleston, SC 29402, USA
Phone: 843.377.2143 | Fax: 843.329.0491
Email: info@charlestonlaw.edu | Website: www.charlestonlaw.edu

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

The School of Law does not tolerate discrimination, intimidation, or harassment of any kind by students, faculty or staff. A violation of this policy can lead to disciplinary measures pursuant to the School of Law Student Code of Conduct. As the School of Law is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in admissions and employment it has implemented a policy to assure equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and marital, parental, or veteran status. The School of Law is committed to diligently seeking out qualified members of minority groups for enrollment as students and employment as faculty and administrative staff. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, tenure and promotion determinations, compensation, benefits, training, and termination.

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

The School of Law does not tolerate discrimination, intimidation, or harassment of any kind by students, faculty or staff. A violation of this policy can lead to disciplinary measures pursuant to the School of Law Student Code of Conduct. As the School of Law is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in admissions and employment it has implemented a policy to assure equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and marital, parental, or veteran status. The School of Law is committed to diligently seeking out qualified members of minority groups for enrollment as students and employment as faculty and administrative staff. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, tenure and promotion determinations, compensation, benefits, training, and termination.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

No

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

Alliance for Equality 

The Charleston School of Law Alliance for Equality is a gay-straight alliance formed to protect and promote the rights of the LGBT community. It is our mission to be active, educational, social, and supportive. We provide a forum to discuss current rights and social issues, as well as take affirmative action to make changes within the laws and within the community. We offer a safe environment for people of all sexual orientations and a social network free from prejudice. Our membership is open to those who are gay and straight, as well as those open about their sexuality and those who wish to remain private.

Faculty contact:
Dylan Malgrinò
dmalagrino@charlestonlaw.edu
843.377.1323

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

Yes

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

No

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

Employment Discrimination Law 769 (3 credit hours)

This course examines the federal laws that prohibit employment-related discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (gender), national origin, age, and disability. While primarily focusing on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, this course also covers and considers, inter alia, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). In examining discrimination cases under these various federal laws, this course will explore applicable claim procedures, methods of proof and defenses, exceptions, remedies, and litigation strategies.

PREREQUISITES: ALL FIRST-YEAR COURSES

Gender Issues in the Law 829 (3 credit hours)

Satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement This course is a study of historical and contemporary laws, doctrines, and theories related to sex, gender, and sexuality. The rights of females and the impact of laws on their lives will be reviewed in the context of privacy, employment, marriage, education, family, and politics.

PREREQUISITES: SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF 27 CREDIT HOURS

Education Law: Equity, Equality and Access 859 (3 credit hours)

Satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement This course will provide an overview of law and policy issues that arise in elementary and secondary education, with a focus on civil and constitutional rights. A number of these issues relate to the individual rights of students, parents, and employees. These include rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion as well as rights to be free of discrimination based on protected statuses including religion, race, national origin, gender, and disability. We will examine issues of race, poverty, ethnicity, language and immigration status, gender, and students with disabilities in the context of the school environment. This class will explore how courts, legislatures, and school officials have addressed these complex issues.

PREREQUISITES: SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF 27 CREDIT HOURS

Gender Issues 925 (3 credit hours)

Satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement

PREREQUISITES: SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF 27 CREDIT HOURS

Sex, Gender and Identity 8291S (2 credit hours)

Satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement This seminar tackles the legal aspects of sex and gender in the home, workplace, and school. Students will gain an understanding of the impact of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and transsexualism on laws, society, and behavior. This practical course will allow students to examine inequality, discrimination, and prejudice and develop solutions to resolve these issues.

PREREQUISITES: SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF 27 CREDIT HOURS

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

The School of Law does not tolerate discrimination, intimidation, or harassment of any kind by students, faculty or staff. A violation of this policy can lead to disciplinary measures pursuant to the School of Law Student Code of Conduct. As the School of Law is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in admissions and employment it has implemented a policy to assure equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and marital, parental, or veteran status. The School of Law is committed to diligently seeking out qualified members of minority groups for enrollment as students and employment as faculty and administrative staff. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, tenure and promotion determinations, compensation, benefits, training, and termination.

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

The School of Law does not tolerate discrimination, intimidation, or harassment of any kind by students, faculty or staff. A violation of this policy can lead to disciplinary measures pursuant to the School of Law Student Code of Conduct. As the School of Law is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in admissions and employment it has implemented a policy to assure equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and marital, parental, or veteran status. The School of Law is committed to diligently seeking out qualified members of minority groups for enrollment as students and employment as faculty and administrative staff. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, tenure and promotion determinations, compensation, benefits, training, and termination.

Additional Information

The Charleston School of Law strives to create a diverse and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, applicants, and visitors. The school does not tolerate discrimination, intimidation, or harassment of any kind. Every department at the law school is able and willing to assist LGBTQ students, from the Office of Admission with applicants to Student Affairs with current students. Students may join the Alliance for Equality organization, which was formed to protect and promote the rights of the LGBT community and whose mission is to be active, educational, social, and supportive. Several elective courses pertaining to LGBTQ issues in the legal field are also offered to students. In addition, the City of Charleston offers many support groups, resources, services, and events for the LGBTQ community.