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LGBT Survey Results: Harvard Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Harvard Law School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

The Harvard Law School makes one exception to this policy. Under threat of loss of funding to the university resulting from the Solomon Amendment, the Law School has suspended the application of its nondiscrimination policy to military recruiters. Although the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was officially repealed in 2011, the repeal did not apply to transgender individuals, against whom the military may still discriminate. This exception to the school’s policy for military recruiters does not in any way reflect acceptance of, or agreement with, discriminatory hiring practices.

Inquiries regarding the application of the Law School’s nondiscrimination policy may be referred to the following Law School coordinators of that policy:

Faculty and Staff

Francis X. McCrossan
Dean for Administration
Griswold 201
Phone: 617.495.4641

JD Admissions

Jessica Soban
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Chief Admissions Officer
Austin 204
Phone: 617.495.3102

LLM and SJD Admissions

Jeanne Tai
Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies
WCC 5015
Phone: 617.496.4849


Ellen M. Cosgrove
Dean of Students
WCC 3039
Phone: 617.495.1880

Mark A. Weber
Assistant Dean for Career Services
WCC 4022
Phone: 617.495.5469

Alexa Shabecoff
Assistant Dean for Public Service
WCC 4049
Phone: 617.495.6103

Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, J. W. McCormack POCH, Room 222, Boston, MA 02109-4557.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

  • Lambda: Lambda is a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and allied students at Harvard Law School. As a social and political student organization, Lambda provides programming and events to serve LGBTQ students and allies at HLS. Lambda also plays an active role in the LGBTQ rights movement by organizing and sponsoring conferences, networking with national LGBTQ rights leaders, and connecting students with research and academic opportunities and activism related to gender and sexuality. Contact for more information.
  • Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC): For students standing at the intersection of marginalized communities, entering Harvard Law School can be an emotionally taxing endeavor. As a new student affinity group, QTPOC imagines a community in which queer and racial/ethnic identities receive equal weight. This enables collaboration with queer and POC affinity groups while also enabling tailored discussions on topics and issues uniquely relevant to queer and trans individuals that identify as people of color. Contact for more information.

LGBT Faculty

Glenn Cohen

Robert Bordone

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

The following courses are currently scheduled for the 2016–2017 academic year. For more information, visit Courses and Academic Programs.

Courses That Focus on LGBT Issues

Courses That Touch on LGBT Issues

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Please contact the Harvard Law School Dean of Students Office and/or the Human Resources Office for details.

Additional Information

Harvard Law School is in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the most LGBT-friendly localities in the United States, and the first state to legalize marriage equality. Thanks to the size of the law school, the LGBT community on campus is a large and vibrant one, with strong connections to student organizations at the Business School, Medical School, and Kennedy School.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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