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LGBT Survey Results: University of Colorado Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. The university takes action to increase ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity, to employ qualified disabled individuals, and to provide equal opportunity to all students and employees.

Qualification for the position and institutional need shall be the sole bases for hiring employees, and the criteria for retaining employees shall be related to performance evaluation, assessment of institutional need, fiscal constraints, and/or, in the case of exempt professionals, the rational exercise of administrative prerogative.

All students shall have the same fundamental rights to equal respect, due process, and judgment of them based solely on factors demonstrably related to performance and expectations as students. All students share equally the obligations to perform their duties and exercise judgments of others in accordance with the basic standards of fairness, equity, and inquiry that should always guide education.

LGBT Student Organization(s)


Our students who identify as LGBT and their straight allies are active in our OUTlaw student organization, which is a fun, inclusive, and supportive group. Throughout the year, they participate in various projects ranging from working with at-risk LGBT youth at Rainbow Alley to raising money to help fund a scholarship for an incoming LGBT 1L, as well as hosting guest speakers throughout the year to discuss relevant LGBT legal issues.

OUTlaw provides professional, social, and academic support for LGBT law students and their straight allies. OUTlaw also endeavors to make the law school’s general population aware of issues, legal and otherwise, that are important to the LGBT community. OUTlaw helps students who are interested in working in LGBT law to explore their career options. People of all genders and of all sexual and political orientations are welcome.

A student has many possibilities for participating with or belonging to OUTlaw. As an officer, a student may set up future activities, fund-raisers, or recruiting events. They may also assist in community outreach and involvement, assisting with making national and metro-area contacts. Any member or nonmember is free to simply attend any OUTlaw event to learn more about specific topics, or they may actively participate in the community by joining one of our volunteer opportunities. Students can also volunteer to act as representatives to the Colorado Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, the Boulder LGBT attorneys, or the National Lesbian and Gay Bar Association.

For more information, contact:

Jordan Blisk

Committee for Inclusiveness and Diversity

LGBT students at Colorado Law are heavily involved in our Committee for Inclusiveness and Diversity, another of our student organizations. Their work is focused on supporting, recruiting, retaining, and educating diverse students, as well as promoting sensitivity and inclusiveness in the law school culture.

LGBT Faculty


LGBT Administrator(s)

Alan Schieve
Assistant Director of Admissions

LGBT Course(s)

  • Advanced Constitutional Law Equality and Privacy addresses equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment and right of privacy to personal autonomy. Analyzes varied constitutional grounds for recognizing or rejecting abortion rights; limits on congressional power to pass civil rights laws granting broader rights than the Fourteenth Amendment does; treatment of sexual orientation-related laws and government actions as privacy versus equality matters; and benign/remedial race- and sex-based government decisions such as affirmative action and same-sex schools.
  • Antidiscrimination and First Amendment addresses past and continuing debates involving potential tensions between antidiscrimination principles and free speech, free exercise, and establishment clause values. Examines constitutional protections under the First Amendment and the equal protection clause, together with an array of existing and proposed federal and state antidiscrimination laws regulating employment, housing, and public accommodations, among other areas.
  • Civil Liberties Litigation features in-depth case studies of issues and litigation strategies relevant to the prosecution and defense of civil liberties cases. Focus is on significant historical and contemporary lawsuits.
  • Comparative Family Law examines and critiques law, legal institutions, and traditions of the country of focus and the United States as they affect children, families, and work. Prepares students for collaborative work and leadership in a global environment. Enhances research and writing skills, including field and international research. Contributes to host country through scholarship and service. Increases cultural competence through active engagement with peers and with social justice issues in another country. Includes required field study component and service learning project over spring break.
  • Employment Discrimination examines statutory and constitutional prohibitions of discrimination in employment on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, national origin, and disability.
  • Family Law addresses the legal rules regulating the family, examining in detail the rules of marriage and divorce. The course will focus in particular on how these rules differ depending on whether the family is wealthy or poor, traditional or nontraditional, and self-supporting or receiving public aid. This course will cut across traditional law school disciplines, such as civil, criminal, and constitutional law. We will consider some of the following important and complex questions: What is a “family?” (This theme will arise throughout the course as we examine how the definition of “family” varies according to the context, reflecting society’s values and policy goals.) How does, and how should, family law address nontraditional families? How do race, gender, and class affect family law?
  • Family Law Topics explores a variety of current issues related to family law. Topics will change to reflect emerging issues and will draw from legal and social science scholarship, as well as relevant statutes and cases. Possible topics include reproductive technology, children’s rights, the role of religion in family law, and political theories of the family.
  • Gender and Criminal Justice explores the role that gender plays in many aspects of the criminal justice system—from discretionary decisions about arrest and charging to sentencing and punishment. Some offense definitions traditionally were gendered, and today, facial neutrality may mask disparate outcomes based on gender. Moreover, perceptions about the intimacy of the home and the body create tensions between privacy and government regulation in the investigative activities of law enforcement. This two-credit seminar will explore the intersection of gender and criminal justice in such areas as police and prosecutorial discretion, the investigation and prevention of crimes, the definition of offenses and defenses, factors contributing to criminality, criminal sentencing and the experience of punishment, and the societal ramifications of incarcerating children’s caregivers. Reading assignments—drawn from both classic and cutting-edge journal articles, as well as from books—will provide an overview, designed to spark ideas for legal research. The research and writing of a major paper on a relevant topic constitutes a vital aspect of the seminar.
  • Gender, Law, and Public Policy introduces students to various schools of feminist theory and examines the relationship between feminist theories and concrete problems in such areas as constitutional law, education law, employment discrimination, family law, and criminal law.
  • Gender, Work, and Family will explore the intersections and conflicts between work and family in current US law and society, and will do so with some focus on the role that gender identity and sex discrimination play in those conflicts. Readings examine and explain the current state of US law—in particular the Family Medical Leave Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act—as well as the current social climate. We will consider a number of different perspectives on what problems are created by the work/family conflict and a range of proposed solutions to those problems. In addition to writing a paper, each student will be required to lead class for one meeting.
  • Parent, Child, and State examines the legal rights of parents and children in a constitutional framework, as well as the state’s authority to define and regulate the parent-child relationship.
  • Sexuality and the Law is a survey of the main topics that fall under the rubric of sexuality and the law, with hopes that we can identify persistent themes and issues. We will discuss the federal and state constitutional rights of sexual minorities (GLBTI peoples), the status of same-sex marriage under statutory law (federal and state Defense of Marriage Acts) and federal and state constitutional law, the centrality of gendered heterosexuality to family law, other legal regulations of sexual conduct, and the legal system’s ability/inability to deal with the breakdown of dichotomous sexualities (the challenges presented by transgender and intersex groups).
  • Women in Law and Literature considers both legal and literary depictions of women and their legal and extralegal situations. Topics may include women as mothers, women as sexual beings, women’s silence, women’s violence and women as criminals, women at work, and women as the “other” in law and literature.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

The University of Colorado offers benefits to same-gender domestic partners (SGDP). See LGBTQ Resources for more information.

Additional Information

Colorado Law is proud to welcome and support LGBT students. And at the state level, the Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Bar Association is a voluntary professional association of LGBT attorneys, judges, paralegals, and law students and allies who provide an LGBT presence within Colorado’s legal community.

We encourage applicants to disclose information about their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, but only what they are comfortable disclosing. Our out students at Colorado Law are active in the community at every level of the law school student experience and are here to support admitted LGBT students. In evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee relies on all required application materials and considers a holistic analysis of special qualities and individual circumstances, such as diversity.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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