Tulane University Law School

Tulane University Law School
John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Phone: 504.865.5930 | Fax: 504.865.6710
Email: admissions@law.tulane.edu | Website: www.law.tulane.edu

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

Tulane is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. In support of this commitment, Tulane University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices or educational programs/activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Tulane University complies with applicable federal and state laws addressing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Discrimination or harassment on the basis of any protected classification will not be tolerated.

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

Tulane is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. In support of this commitment, Tulane University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices or educational programs/activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Tulane University complies with applicable federal and state laws addressing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Discrimination or harassment on the basis of any protected classification will not be tolerated.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

Many LGBT law students become involved in Tulane Law School’s student organization LAMBDA Law Alliance and/or the Journal of Law and Sexuality during their three years of law school.

LAMBDA Law Alliance

LAMBDA Law Alliance is the student organization devoted to LGBT issues in the Tulane Law School community, the New Orleans legal community, and the national arena. The organization conducts frequent programs and social events during the academic year to educate the membership and Law School community about current LGBT topics, including legal developments related to same-sex marriage, and legal careers. Almost every year, LAMBDA hosts lectures by distinguished national speakers to promote the discussion and inclusion of LGBT topics within the Law School.

Prospective students interested in hearing from a member of LAMBDA may contact

David Weinberg
Assistant Dean of Admission
Email: dweinbe@tulane.edu

Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality

LGBT law students often become members of the Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality: A Review of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Law. Founded in 1989 and first published in 1991, Law and Sexuality is the first and only student-edited law review in the country devoted solely to covering legal issues of interest to the LGBT community on a wide variety of subjects, including constitutional, employment, family, health, insurance, and military law. Law and Sexuality is the official legal publication of the National LGBT Bar Association. The journal regularly hosts a symposium at Tulane that presents policy concerns, public and private discourse, upcoming legislation, regulations, treatises, and practices that pertain to LGBT concerns.

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

The Law School faculty benefits from the input and participation of several openly LGBT professors who often act as mentors to LGBT organizations and individuals within the Law School, including:

Robert S. Westley
Professor
Email: rwestley@tulane.edu

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

David Weinberg
Assistant Dean of Admission
Email: dweinbe@tulane.edu

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

The faculty at Tulane Law School often incorporate LGBT issues within their courses to enrich classroom discussion. LGBT-specific courses are listed below.

Sexuality and the Law

This course examines the impact of legal regulation in the United States on such areas of sexuality and sexual preference as intimate association, marriage, family structure, workplace discrimination, and civil rights. It is offered every other year.

Law and Sexuality: A Review of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Legal Issues

Tulane Law School sponsors the Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality, and students may receive credit for work on this journal.

This journal was founded by a group of gay and nongay students to provide a national forum for discourse on legal matters related to sexual orientation. This journal is published every year and has a broad, national circulation. The review publishes articles by scholars and lawyers on a wide variety of subjects, including constitutional law, corporate law, employment law, family law, health law, insurance, military law, and trusts and estates. The review also publishes traditional student writing.

Membership on the review is open to all upperclass law students. Members are chosen through summer and fall writing competitions. The responsibilities of the staff members include editing articles and student work and writing comments and recent developments material on any subject related to LGBT legal issues.

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

Yes

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

No

Additional Information

Tulane University Law School prides itself on cultivating a welcoming and multicultural environment for all students, including LGBT individuals. The Law School encourages LGBT applicants to consider disclosing their sexual orientation and/or identity in the application materials (in the optional “diversity” essay). Of course, disclosure is voluntary based on individual assessment and the comfort level of such disclosure by each applicant.

Located in New Orleans, Tulane Law School affords LGBT students the opportunity to become engaged and participate in an active LGBT community. Every year, New Orleans hosts several LGBT festivals to celebrate the contributions and presence of the community in the city and the challenges it still faces within the state, region, and nation. Local civic and governmental organizations, including a Human Relations Commission chapter, the Human Relations Commission for the Mayor’s Office, Equality Rights, and LGBT sports leagues, provide opportunities for law students to become engaged in local LGBT initiatives and interact with stakeholders in the region.