University of Richmond School of Law

University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond School of Law, VA 23173, USA
Phone: 804.289.8189 | Fax: 804.287.6516
Email: lawadmissions@richmond.edu | Website: law.richmond.edu

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

Yes. The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty, or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state, or federal law.

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

Yes. Gender identity is affirmatively a part of our nondiscrimination policy.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes. Gender-neutral restrooms are located in various locations throughout the law school, as well as around the greater campus.

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

Yes. The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) works to create a law school community where all students feel welcome and supported, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. SAGA regularly hosts events that create more visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals and feature speakers, panels, and networking events. In addition, SAGA works with other student organizations to change policy and improve our law school climate for all students.

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

Yes.

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?

Yes. We regularly offer a seminar called Sexual Orientation and the Law, which examines the legal rights of lesbians and gay men. The course explores the concept of sexual orientation and the legal systems regulation of the life experiences of lesbians and gay men, including sexuality, expressions of identity, public and private employment, same-sex relationships, and parenting.

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?

Yes. In March 2019, the University transitioned its benefits eligibility requirement for domestic partners, requiring legally recognized marriage for spousal eligibility in the University’s benefits plan. This comes after Virginia’s legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Additional Information

Richmond Law is a welcoming and inclusive space. As part of the admissions process, candidates are encouraged to be open about diversity — this information can be included in the personal statement or supplemental addenda. Administrative procedures have been streamlined to be more inclusive and gender-neutral — we allow candidates to omit a gender designation, specify pronouns, and be called by a preferred name.

Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints and deeply held beliefs. Discussions of gender, sexuality, and equality arise in numerous courses and extracurricular activities. Richmond Law strives to provide its students with the tools and knowledge to engage collectively and respectfully in meaningful academic debate.

Outside of Richmond Law, the City of Richmond, which is the capitol of Virginia, fosters queer cultural spaces and diverse communities. Our students are integrated into this community and have often become community leaders and activists.