Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School
1563 Massachusetts Avenue, 203 Austin Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone: 617.495.3179
Email: jdadmiss@law.harvard.edu | Website: hls.harvard.edu

 

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

Harvard Law School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The Law School has instituted these policies and certain procedures to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory environment and to meet legal requirements, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. All employers using the facilities and services of the career services offices must comply with these policies and procedures. Harvard Law School makes one exception to this policy. Under threat of loss of funding to the University resulting from the Solomon Amendment, the Law School has suspended the application of its non-discrimination policy to military recruiters. This exception to our policy does not in any way reflect acceptance of, or agreement with, discriminatory hiring practices.

For more information, please visit our website.

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

Harvard Law School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The Law School has instituted these policies and certain procedures to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory environment and to meet legal requirements, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. All employers using the facilities and services of the career services offices must comply with these policies and procedures. Harvard Law School makes one exception to this policy. Under threat of loss of funding to the University resulting from the Solomon Amendment, the Law School has suspended the application of its non-discrimination policy to military recruiters. This exception to our policy does not in any way reflect acceptance of, or agreement with, discriminatory hiring practices.

For more information, please visit our website.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes, we have fourteen gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus (View map).

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

Harvard Law School has two main student affinity organizations for LGBTQ+ students.

Lambda

Lambda is a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and allied students at Harvard Law School. As a social and political student organization, Lambda provides programming and events to serve LGBTQ students and allies at HLS. Lambda also plays an active role in the LGBTQ rights movement by organizing and sponsoring conferences, networking with national LGBTQ rights leaders, and connecting students with research and academic opportunities and activism related to gender and sexuality.

Website: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/lambda/
Email: lambda@mail.law.harvard.edu

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)

For students standing at the intersection of marginalized communities, entering Harvard Law School can be an emotionally taxing endeavor. As a new student affinity group, QTPOC imagines a community in which queer and racial/ethnic identities receive equal weight. This enables collaboration with queer and POC affinity groups while also enabling tailored discussions on topics and issues uniquely relevant to queer and trans individuals that identify as people of color.

Email: QTPOC@mail.law.harvard.edu

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?

Yes

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

Yes. To explore our course catalogue, please visit our website.
 
Prospective students may be particularly interested in these courses.
 
In addition to the course offerings listed above, Harvard Law School will launch an LGBTQ+ rights clinic in fall 2019.

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

Harvard Law School provides the same comprehensive health benefits and insurance programs to faculty and staff same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses under Harvard University’s health and welfare plans. Likewise, Harvard (and, thus, HLS) offers the same domestic-partner benefits to faculty and staff as it does to spouses of benefits-eligible employees. In fact, Harvard policy states that the following dependents are eligible for Harvard’s medical, dental and vision care plans under family coverage (provided the employee is enrolled in the same plan):

  • Spouse or registered domestic partner;
  • Eligible children up to age 26, including children by birth, adoption, foster placement, marriage/domestic partnership, or legal guardianship;
  • Children of any age who are incapable of self-support due to disability (must have become disabled before age 26 and have been continuously covered).

Please contact the Harvard Law School Dean of Students Office and/or the Human Resources Office for additional details.

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

Harvard Law School provides the same comprehensive health benefits and insurance programs to faculty and staff same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses under Harvard University’s health and welfare plans. Likewise, Harvard (and, thus, HLS) offers the same domestic-partner benefits to faculty and staff as it does to spouses of benefits-eligible employees. In fact, Harvard policy states that the following dependents are eligible for Harvard’s medical, dental and vision care plans under family coverage (provided the employee is enrolled in the same plan):

  • Spouse or registered domestic partner;
  • Eligible children up to age 26, including children by birth, adoption, foster placement, marriage/domestic partnership, or legal guardianship;
  • Children of any age who are incapable of self-support due to disability (must have become disabled before age 26 and have been continuously covered).

Please contact the Harvard Law School Dean of Students Office and/or the Human Resources Office for additional details.

Additional Information

Harvard Law School is in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the most LGBT-friendly localities in the United States, and the first state to legalize marriage equality.  Many resources are available on the website hosted by the City of Cambridge’s LGBTQ+ Commission.  Thanks to the size of the law school, the LGBT community on campus is a large and vibrant one, with strong connections to student organizations at the Business School, Medical School, and Kennedy School.