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LGBT Survey Results: Whittier Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

Whittier College admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin with all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, creed, or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school‐administered programs. Whittier College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Our LGBT student organization, OUTlaw, is very active. This organization continues to be one of the most popular on campus and boasts a hectic schedule of activities.

LGBT Faculty

Whittier Law School also has a vibrant community of faculty whose teaching and scholarship focus on sexual orientation and the law. Our many distinguished scholars who have written in the field include Professors Erez Aloni, Stewart Chang, Deborah Forman, Sheldon Lyke, Julie Manasfi, Jennifer Mertus, Calvin Peeler, Betsy Rosenblatt, and Seval Yildirim. Their publications and courses in the area cover a wide range of topics including family law, tax law, parenting, immigration, the law of relationships, marriage jurisprudence, legal history, critical race theory, comparative legal systems, and adoption law.

Contact Information

Erez Aloni
Assistant Professor of Law
Email: ealoni@law.whittier.edu

Betsy Rosenblatt
Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law
Email: brosenblatt@law.whittier.edu

Calvin Peeler
Associate Dean, International Relations
Professor of Law
Email: cpeeler@law.whittier.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

Nidhi Parikh
Assistant Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs
Email: nparikh@law.whittier.edu

LGBT Course(s)

Whittier Law School, in collaboration with the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, sponsors the only summer law program devoted to sexual orientation law and policy issues. Taking place in the heart of Barcelona, a community well known for its active and visible LGBT population, the curriculum focuses on international and comparative law as well as family law issues as they pertain to same-sex couples and nontraditional families. The faculty includes national and international scholars, practitioners, and policy makers in the area of sexual orientation law.

LGBT issues are the focus of four classes held during our Barcelona Summer Abroad Program:

  • Selected Topics in Law and Sexuality
  • Spanish Law and the LGBT Community
  • Comparative Legal Systems: Law and Sexuality
  • Concepts of Liberty and Equality

In addition to those courses, LGBT topics are regularly raised in most of our classes held on campus.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits


Additional Information

Whittier Law School has a large LGBT student population, many LGBT faculty and staff members, and a history of supporting LGBT issues. For admission purposes, Whittier Law School welcomes students to speak about their sexual orientation or sexual identity, either in the personal statement or through an addendum.

One of our recent students was elected to the National LGBT Bar Association’s Law Student Congress.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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