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LGBT Survey Results: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

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, gender expression, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in university programs and activities.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

OUTLaw plans and sponsors numerous social activities, ranging from nights out in West Hollywood to community lunches at the law school. A welcome-weekend BBQ is traditionally held to allow new students to meet and interact with returning LGBT students. OUTLaw also sponsors educational activities, such as panel discussions about current legal issues or court cases affecting the LGBT population. UCLA Law enrolls a number of LGBT students each year, who find ample opportunities for involvement and leadership within and beyond the LGBT community.

LGBT Faculty

Stuart Biegel

Douglas NeJaime

Brad Sears
Associate Dean, Academic Centers & Programs
Executive Director, Williams Institute

LGBT Administrator(s)

Brian Hansen
Director of Records

Tracey Parr
Assistant Dean for Academic and Strategic Planning

Eileen Scallen
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs

Rob Schwartz
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Desmund Wu
Assistant Director of Admissions

LGBT Course(s)

LGBT issues are brought up in most classes, and both professors and students engage in these discussions. For example, some Constitutional Law classes spend a significant amount of time discussing the constitutional issues surrounding the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and same-sex marriage. LGBT issues can also come up in classes such as Contracts and Property (e.g., concerning the contractual and property rights of same-sex partners who are not legally married).

The faculty is highly regarded for its scholarship and teaching related to gender and sexual orientation. UCLA School of Law’s Gender & Sexual Orientation Law course offerings include

  • Law and Sexuality: The landscape regarding issues of law and sexuality is rapidly changing. This course will therefore examine the law’s role in regulating, subordinating, protecting, and constructing sexuality.
  • Human Rights and Sexual Politics: Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Sexual Orientation Workshop: This course examines and evaluates recent scholarship in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law. Each week, students will read and discuss several recent law review articles.
  • HIV/AIDS Law and Public Policy: This course explores the evolving legal and ethical landscape of the HIV/AIDS epidemic with a primary focus on US and California HIV law and policy, and the legal needs of people living with HIV in Los Angeles County.

In addition to the courses listed above, UCLA School of Law is home to the Williams Institute, the nation’s first think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation law and public policy. The project supports legal scholarship, legal research, policy analysis, and education regarding sexual orientation discrimination and other legal issues that affect lesbian and gay people.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

The University of California began offering health coverage to same-sex partners of faculty and staff in 1998, and added pension survivor benefits in 2002. The university offers domestic partners many health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, legal, dependent life, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Additional Information

The LGBT student experience is supported and advanced by numerous academic, cocurricular, and social offerings at UCLA School of Law. These include OUTLaw, an LGBT student organization; the Dukeminier Awards, a legal journal for the best law review articles pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity law; the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law; the Williams Institute Summer Fellowship program, which provides a stipend to current law students to work for a national lesbian and gay rights organization; and a host of events and activities designed to educate the law school community on LGBT issues within and beyond the legal world. As a prolific source for independent research and scholarship related to sexual orientation law and public policy, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law is a national think tank that is widely consulted by judges, legislators, policy makers, and the media for substantive and reliable information on real-world issues. For these and other reasons, UCLA Law is an attractive law school option for many talented and ambitious LGBT students, who seek a legal education that is relevant to their experiences and interests.

At the admission stage, applicants are welcomed to mention their sexual orientation/identity, particularly as it may relate to their potential to make distinctive contributions to the community at UCLA Law. This information also allows our LGBT faculty, staff, and students to play an active role in the law school’s recruitment and outreach efforts.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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