Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law

Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law 
1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
Phone: 800.560.1428 | Fax: 215.204.9319
Email: lawadmis@temple.edu | Website: www.law.temple.edu

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

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The university has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service, and employment programs of the university.

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

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The university has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service, and employment programs of the university.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OUTLaw
Phone: 215.204.1253
Email: outlaw@temple.edu

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

Nancy Knauer
Professor of Law
Email: nancy.knauer@temple.edu

Does your law 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?

Sexual Orientation and the Law

This course will explore the relationship between the ways in which American law has responded to a variety of issues related to sexual orientation. The course begins by examining the multiple meanings and dimensions of sexual orientation, then looks at the relationships between issues of orientation and other legally protected statutes. The remainder of the course will focus on a variety of substantive areas of law in which issues of sexual orientation arise. As each substantive area is covered, students will be encouraged to reflect back on the first classes and think about whether existing legal protections for other minority groups are appropriate for sexual minorities, or whether other legal structures would be more effective in achieving the goals of equality and liberation.

Current Issues in Civil Rights Law

This writing seminar covers the federal regime for protection of civil rights, with a particular focus on (1) emerging or unresolved issues in civil rights law and (2) the broader historical and sociological background underlying federal civil rights statutes and doctrines. Reading assignments (subject to change) will cover critical race theory; the debate over affirmative action; Title VI (prohibiting discrimination based on race/ethnic origin in programs receiving federal funds) and Title IX (prohibiting discrimination based on gender in programs receiving federal funds); sexual orientation; and racial profiling.

Public Health Law

This course surveys the broad terrain of law and the public’s health. We will cover both the “laws on the books” and the problems of actually implementing these laws in the often highly politicized and culturally sensitive context of health and behavior. Topics include the basic powers, duties, and limitations of state health authorities in the United States; the epidemiological influence of law on health and health behavior; the global system of health governance; and the application of a human rights framework to health issues. Health topic areas covered include communicable diseases (HIV, SARS, emerging infections), tobacco, substance abuse, chronic diseases, and infections. We will also devote considerable time to reading about and discussing how health is “socially constructed” and how stigma, economic self-interest, and other cultural responses to disease complicate efforts to promote public health.

Legal Advocacy for Patients

Students will be working with the Families With AIDS Project in the Temple Legal Aid Office. Functioning in much the same way as a small law firm, the project attempts to address the many legal needs often presented by a single client. Interns conduct interviews and research procedural and substantive law in a wide range of administrative and judicial civil law. Areas of representation include Social Security and Supplemental Security Income; Department of Public Welfare (benefits and expunction of child abuse reports); landlord/tenant; custody; support; protection from abuse; divorce; dependency; life planning (health care directives, health care and general powers of attorney, wills); immigration; and compassionate release of incarcerated individuals.

Interns conduct interviews at three community health centers. Interns are assigned four to six ongoing cases and will assume responsibility for additional clients interviewed and accepted for representation throughout the semester. This representation includes negotiation and representation at judicial and administrative hearings and preparation of pleadings, documents, and memoranda. Interns are required to maintain files on each client represented by recording all actions and filing all relevant research and documents.

Public Interest Advocacy

This clinical program provides students with a wide spectrum of opportunities available to the public interest advocate. The lawyer’s experience in such areas as litigation, legislation, public education, lobbying, grassroots coalition building, and fund-raising will be explored. Although the particular perspective is that of the AIDS specialist, the lawyering skills and issues emphasized in this course are common to a wide variety of practice situations.

The weekly classroom component will place students’ clinical experience in a broader perspective. Each student is assigned a significant advocacy project under the direct supervision of the course instructor. Several projects may require involvement with agencies such as the Temple Legal Aid Office, ACLU, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Prison Project.

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

Temple University offers domestic partner benefits to all of its nonbargaining unit employees and to any bargaining unit employees whose contracts provide for such benefits.

To be eligible for any benefits under this policy, an eligible employee must certify that he or she is a member of a domestic partnership under Temple University’s domestic partnership policy.

Certified domestic partners are eligible for health insurance, dental insurance, and vision care. In addition, certified domestic partners are eligible for any benefit that would otherwise be available for a spouse.

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

Temple University offers domestic partner benefits to all of its nonbargaining unit employees and to any bargaining unit employees whose contracts provide for such benefits.

To be eligible for any benefits under this policy, an eligible employee must certify that he or she is a member of a domestic partnership under Temple University’s domestic partnership policy.

Certified domestic partners are eligible for health insurance, dental insurance, and vision care. In addition, certified domestic partners are eligible for any benefit that would otherwise be available for a spouse.

Additional Information

Temple Law School is a place to develop academically, professionally, and socially. To assure that our LGBTQ students are thriving, Temple Law has taken a number of measures to ensure that the law school experience is as accessible as possible. Keeping in line with our nondiscrimination policy, applicants are not required to provide their gender in the application. If an applicant would like the opportunity to discuss their identity in the application process, they are encouraged to do so in their personal statement or they have the option to submit a Sp.A.C.E Statement sharing their unique personal history with the Faculty Admissions Committee.

Admitted students are encouraged to provide their preferred name and pronouns on our Incoming Student Survey to ensure a smooth transition. The law school buildings are equipped with gender neutral bathroom facilities for our students’ comfort and gender inclusive bathrooms are available across campus. LGBTQ resources are available through our Student Services Office and through various student support offices within Temple University.

Our Temple Law community of current students, alumni, faculty, and administration proudly includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer members. OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student organization, offers an Alumni Mentoring Program to help current students connect with individuals who practice as openly LGBTQ+ lawyers to provide support and encouragement. Given our desirable location in Philadelphia, PA, our law students enjoy a diverse and progressive urban atmosphere. The Philadelphia Office of LGBTQ Affairs historically launched the “More Color More Pride” campaign to represent the inclusion of people of color in the LGBTQ community. This office cohosts Philadelphia’s annual International Bisexual Visibility Day, a pride rally created by Temple Law students.

We encourage students with questions or concerns to reach out to the Admissions Office directly and we are always happy to put prospective or admitted students in touch with current LGBTQ students or faculty who can share their experience at Temple Law.