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LGBT Survey Results: University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall)

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and university policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in university programs and activities. Information about these policies can be found in the Policy and Procedure Manual. University of California policies can be found at Presidential Policies.

Inquiries regarding the university’s student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to

Director, Student Judicial Affairs
Phone: 530.752.1128

LGBT Student Organization(s)

King Hall’s Lambda Law Students Association is a robust group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied students, faculty, and staff. To promote its mission of community, education, and activism, Lambda sponsors events that raise awareness of LGBT legal issues on campus and in the larger community. Lambda also provides a supportive space for LGBT law students through academic and professional support programs, as well as a variety of social opportunities.

Lambda-sponsored events and activities in past years have included

  • the Annual Lambda Law Welcome BBQ for members, friends, allies, and alumni;
  • Coming Out Week, which features prominent guest speakers, many of whom are members of the LGBT community;
  • the Annual Bill F. Smith Memorial Lecture, which honors a beloved alum and has featured speakers including Therese Stewart, chief deputy city attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, who, since February 2004, has defended in state and federal courts the city’s position that same-sex couples have the right to marry; Judge Vaughn Walker, who, in 2010, presided over the trial on the constitutionality of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage known as Proposition 8; and Paul Smith, a prominent supreme court advocate who represented, among others, the petitioners in Lawrence v. Texas;
  • the Lambda Legal Clinic, which was staffed by UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific students at the Lambda center in Sacramento to provide legal referrals in the LGBT community; and
  • social events and mixers, including wine and cheese parties and film viewings.

In conjunction with the Admissions Office, Lambda hosts shadow days and conducts other outreach activities for prospective King Hall students.

For more information, contact

LGBT Faculty

Professor Courtney G. Joslin’s special interests include family law, sexual orientation, gender identity and the law, and employment discrimination.

Phone: 530.752.0243

LGBT Administrator(s)

School of Law Admission Office
Phone: 530.752.6477

LGBT Course(s)

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law

Discussion—3 hours. May satisfy advanced writing requirement with professor’s approval. This course will examine the legal and social regulation of sexual orientation and gender identity. The course will analyze various legal principles, including statutory, constitutional, and public policy doctrines, which might be used to limit the ability of government and other institutions to disadvantage people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We will look at how courts have used these doctrines to help—or to harm—lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in critical aspects of their lives, including employment, schools, family relationships, and parenting.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Same-sex domestic partners and their dependents are eligible to receive medical, dental, vision, and legal plan benefits if they meet the following requirements:

Same-Sex Domestic Partner Eligibility

  • Domestic partnership registered with the State of California or a substantially equivalent same-sex partnership established in another jurisdiction, OR
  • Meets the following criteria to be a domestic partnership for benefits purposes:
    • Parties must be each other’s sole domestic partner in a long-term, committed relationship and must intend to remain so indefinitely.
    • Neither party may be legally married or be a partner in another domestic partnership.
    • Parties must not be related to each other by blood to a degree that would prohibit legal marriage in the State of California.
    • Both parties must be at least 18 years old and capable of consenting to the relationship.
    • Both parties must be financially interdependent.
    • Parties must share a common residence.

Same-Sex Domestic Partner’s Child Eligibility

Eligible to age 26.

Same-Sex Domestic Partner’s Grandchild Eligibility

Eligible to age 26, provided that the grandchild is also

  • unmarried,
  • living with you,
  • supported by you or your same-sex domestic partner (50%+), and
  • claimed as a tax dependent by you or your same-sex domestic partner.

Additional Information

UC Davis Law School is fortunate to be located in Northern California, an area well known for its friendliness to members of the LGBT community. The UC Davis campus includes an active LGBT Resource Center and a strong nondiscrimination policy.

In addition to actively encouraging student, faculty, and staff participation in local and national LGBT bar association events, the law school works hard to promote diversity in all aspects of law school life, including curriculum design, teaching, and the hiring of openly LGBT faculty and staff.

The Law School’s Career Services Office includes in its job postings the annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference as well as internships targeted to students with an interest in working on issues of sexual orientation and public policy.

Unisex restroom facilities are available in the law school building.

Prospective students who wish to do so are welcome to address their sexual orientation or sexual identity in their personal statement.

The UC Davis Law School admission procedures and criteria include the following statement: “There are other factors which bear on the applicant’s suitability for the study and practice of law. These will also be considered, and include: Achievements, for oneself or others, despite social, economic, or physical disadvantage, including specific experience of discrimination on the basis of characteristics such as race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and age. Consideration shall be given to individuals who, despite having suffered disadvantage economically or in terms of their social environment, or due to specific experience of discrimination, have nonetheless demonstrated sufficient character and determination in overcoming obstacles to warrant confidence that they can pursue a course of study to successful completion.”

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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