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LGBT Survey Results: Vanderbilt Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, consistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to:

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services
Baker Building
VU Station B #351809
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1809

Phone: 615.322.4705
Fax: 615.343.4969

LGBT Student Organization(s)

OUTlaw is a law school student organization for LGBT law students and their allies.

LGBT Faculty

No details provided.

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

LGBT-related courses are usually offered at Vanderbilt University’s other graduate and professional schools. VLS students may petition to take other Vanderbilt graduate/professional school courses as electives.

Social Justice Program

Social justice is the heart of what we are about as lawyers and legal scholars. The George Barrett Social Justice Program seeks to keep it at the heart of Vanderbilt Law School.

LGBT People and the Law (offered periodically)

This course explores selected legal issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Emphasis is placed on such issues as constitutional privacy law, equal protection cases, relationship recognition, first amendment protections, parenting rights, and social science research related to LGBT people, including conversion therapy.

Prerequisite: Constitutional Law II

Law 7284: International Protection of Human Rights

This course studies and critically assesses the rules, institutions, and legal and political theories that seek to protect basic liberties for all human beings. The course emphasizes

  1. specific “hot button” subjects within human rights law, such as the death penalty, hate speech, women’s rights, and lesbian and gay rights;
  2. the judicial, legislative, and executive bodies in international and domestic legal systems that interpret and implement legal rules relating to these subjects; and
  3. the public and private actors who seek redress for those whose rights have been violated.

Law 7810: Independent Study

A student develops his or her own project, to be carried out under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. A faculty member’s approval of the academic merit of the project and agreement to supervise the project must be obtained in writing before the student may enroll in this course. A written work product must be included among the elements of the project that the faculty member will evaluate. This is a pass/fail course.

Please Note

Faculty approval required. This course may be taken only once for credit.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Additional Information

Vanderbilt’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Life is a cultural center, a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. The Office of LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBT-related campus groups and activities.

The Office of Student Affairs at the Law School is also a great resource if you’d like to know more.

With a metro-area population of 1.6 million, Nashville is an open-minded, cosmopolitan city that boasts a few dedicated LGBT media outlets, including a monthly newsmagazine and a televised LGBT-themed news program. Nashville is also home to numerous social and activist LGBT clubs and groups, including a very active Human Rights Campaign chapter. There are about a dozen LGBT clubs, bars, and nightclubs in Nashville, several within a short drive from campus.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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