Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?
Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?
Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?
Loyola’s LGBT law student society, OUTLaw, celebrates its 12th anniversary with the 2018–2019 school year but takes pride in its place among minority law student groups. There are over 55 students within the group who self-identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, or bisexual. Approximately 20 other OUTLaw members identify as friends and allies. OUTLaw receives funding from the School of Law to support its activities. Each year, the school also provides financial support to offset the travel costs of students attending the annual conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. Students attending the conference share rooms to lower expenses.
Loyola’s OUTLaw group and other Chicago-area LGBT law student societies are members of the currently dormant OUTLaw Coalition of Chicago (OCC). Loyola OUTLaw nonetheless maintains contact with several Chicago OUTLaw groups, often cross-promoting and opening up events to all Chicago-area law students. Loyola LGBT students also attend networking events hosted by the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) at a local gay bar. In addition to these associations, OUTLaw has a very active alumni base that is always eager to mentor new students.
“OUTLaw has introduced me to one of the most diverse populations of students in my law school career, and through this group I have made many good friends who can always be counted on for support. This has been my experience with OUTLaw and an experience I hope to continue with current and prospective students to our law program.”
Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?
Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?
Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?
Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?
Please see pages 5-7 of the Faculty and Staff Benefits Booklet (PDF) for information.
Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?
The environment has been open and supportive of LGBTQ students. Depending on the subject, most professors address LGBTQ issues in class. Students are encouraged to engage in discussions about LGBTQ and all cultural competency issues outside of class. The administration welcomes and promotes open and honest dialogue between itself and students and tries to remain open about any decisions it makes that will positively or negatively affect students in our community.