Washburn University School of Law

Washburn University School of Law
1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, KS 66621, USA
Phone: 800.WASHLAW (800.927.4529) | Fax: 785.670.1120
Email: admissions@washburnlaw.edu | Website: washburnlaw.edu

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

It is the policy of Washburn University School of Law to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital or parental status. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, housing, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, health services, and employment.

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

It is the policy of Washburn University School of Law to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital or parental status. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to, admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, housing, facilities use, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial aid, health services, and employment.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

Washburn Law’s Gay-Straight Legal Alliance promotes awareness and education regarding the legal system’s treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and gender-variant people. Its members are committed to building a safe and tolerant society that respects diversity and offers gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and gender-variant people equal protection under the law. The group also serves as a support system. The meetings are open to all law students who believe in equal rights and fair treatment.

For more information, contact

John Turney
Email: john.turney@washburn.edu

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

No

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

Preston Nicholson
Director of Admissions
Phone: 785.670.1706
Email: preston.nicholson@washburn.edu

John Turney
Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage
Phone: 785.670.1787
Email: john.turney@washburn.edu

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

  • Comparative (US/EU) Law Seminar: Discrimination
  • Comparative Law Seminar—offered annually, but topic changes

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

Washburn Law provides a welcoming atmosphere for students who identify as LGBTQ. We encourage applicants to discuss their sexual orientation or sexual identity in their application materials. The admission staff is a Safe Zone, and Safe Zone Ally trainings are conducted throughout the year. Scholarship-eligible students can be selected for a scholarship that specifically rewards their LGBTQ advocacy. A Washburn Law faculty member was cited for her amicus brief in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case. The city of Topeka hosts an annual Pride Week, and our city is home to the Equality House, among other points of pride.