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LGBT Survey Results: University of Houston Law Center

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Houston Law Center is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all its students and alumni, and is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability. The facilities and/or services of the Career Development Office may be denied to employers whose behavior contravenes the Law Center’s policy based on the above-listed factors.

This office requires all employers who use its placement services to affirm the following statement to confirm compliance with the nondiscrimination policy detailed above: “Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.”

In consideration of the Solomon Amendment, the US Armed Forces are exempt from the provisions of the university’s nondiscrimination policy as it relates to sexual orientation.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Outlaw has played a major role in raising awareness and support. For example, Outlaw hosted attorneys Mitchell Katine and John Nechman to discuss their experience with the 2003 US Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, as well as their reflections on the recent changes with the Defense of Marriage Act.

For more information, contact outlaw.uhlc@gmail.com.

LGBT Faculty

None

LGBT Administrator(s)

None

LGBT Course(s)

The following courses are offered from time to time:

  • Sexual Orientation and the Law—Examines the manner in which the state regulates sexuality, gender, gender roles, and sexual orientation in a variety of substantive legal areas.
  • Human Rights—Seminar addressing several human rights problems, including the sources and content of human rights law and the types of remedies that are available for the protection of human rights at the international, regional, and domestic (US) levels.
  • Women and the Law—Explores the ways in which women have been treated as a special legal category.
  • Women and Health Law—Examines the gender implications of our system of health care. Gender issues arise in many health care contexts, including reproductive rights, clinical research, disability law, confidentiality and informed consent, domestic violence, insurance coverage, and criminal law.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

None

Additional Information

The University of Houston Law Center welcomes and celebrates diversity of all types, including the LGBT community. UHLC has an active student organization, OutLaw, which is devoted to the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at the law school and to the education of the UH Law Center community on issues relating to the LGBT community. The Law Center’s Career Development Office works with OutLaw to provide financial support for LGBT students to attend the annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference each year.

In our admission process, each applicant will have the opportunity to submit optional statements (along with the required personal statement) to supplement his or her application, including a diversity statement. This addendum can focus on one or more aspects of an applicant’s background, including, but not limited to, an ethnic or racial group with which the applicant identifies, sexual orientation, discrimination/hardships overcome, socioeconomic status, religious and/or political beliefs, or background. While submitting a diversity statement is not required for admission, it helps the admissions committee gain a more complete picture of an applicant while taking all factors into consideration.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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