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LGBT Survey Results: University of South Carolina School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of South Carolina School of Law is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or disability. Accordingly, the law school’s facilities are available only to employers whose practices are consistent with this policy. The University of South Carolina and the School of Law provide equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504, and Title IX coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs, 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC; telephone: 803.777.3854.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Carolina Equality Alliance (CEA) is the student organization dedicated to focusing on the legal issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBT) community. CEA seeks to create a community of harmony, understanding, and respect between all students and citizens through creating meaningful discourse intended to increase awareness of the prominence, importance, and relevance of LGBT issues in the legal field and in society in general. CEA is dedicated to building a law school and legal community of full equality and respect.

For more information, contact:

Joseph Giordano
Carolina Equality Alliance President 2016–2017

LGBT Faculty

Bryant Walker Smith
Phone: 803.777.6880

LGBT Administrator(s)


LGBT Course(s)

  • Family Law analyzes the legal requirements and limitations on creation, maintenance, and dissolution of family relationships.
  • Advanced Family Law takes students beyond the issues covered in the basic Family Law course and offers an opportunity for in-depth study of contemporary issues in Family Law. The class will explore the legal, ethical, social, and psychological aspects of the family. Topics covered may include parental rights and responsibilities in reproductive technology cases, medical decision making, adoption, termination of parental rights, gender and sexuality, and special laws unique to Native Americans.
  • Women and the Law will address how the legal system has constructed and applied notions of gender and gender equality. It will introduce students to significant contemporary legal scholarship on the status of women in modern America, and will explore how gender affects legal relationships including some consideration of employment. The materials will include sexual harassment, domestic violence, and domestic relations disputes.
  • The Law and Social Justice Seminar explores whether and to what extent our legal system, including its law schools, perpetuates or counteracts social injustice. Many of the readings derive from modern critical legal theory, particularly critical race theory and radical feminism, and from liberal and non-liberal responses thereto. These readings primarily address the subordination of particular groups in our society and ways in which taken-for-granted legal categories—such as objective/subjective, public/private, and negative rights/positive rights—serve to entrench hierarchies of power and wealth. Other readings include foundational political theories and classic texts on topics such as civil disobedience and justified revolution.
  • Parents, Children, and the Law addresses issues related to the legal status of minorities and the parent-child relationship, including paternity, adoption, abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, basic principles for determining custody, children’s rights, and the allocation of authority to make decisions concerning minors. The course will also cover issues relating to reproduction, including the legal status of the fetus and issues raised by advanced reproductive technology.
  • Constitutional Issues in Public Education is a survey of historical and contemporary civil liberties issues arising in the operation of the American public school system. Topics addressed will include religious activities in schools, the regulation of student and teacher speech, student privacy, school safety, and student discipline.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits


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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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