California Western School of Law

1. Does your law school intentionally seek out LGBTQ+ prospective students?
Yes
a. If so, how and where are your efforts directed?

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We intentionally seek out diverse students in general, which includes LGBTQ+ students. To this end, we have developed several campaigns (i.e., email, social media, on-campus) that target diverse populations. We run LSAC database reports that return students who identify as diverse and send them specific messaging about our diverse programming and student body, inclusivity, and student and support organizations that they can join upon enrollment.

2. Does your law school's welcome packet for admitted students include mention of identity group support for LGBTQ+ students, as well as for students of color or other minorities?
Yes

Our welcome materials include information about support for LGBTQ+ and other diverse students.

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
Yes
4. Does your law school offer transgender students who have not legally changed their names the ability to have their name of choice on admission applications or post enrollment forms?
Yes
5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
Yes

We currently have one upper division scholarship that is designated specifically to be awarded to an  LGBTQ+ scholar.  We also have a number (approximately 15) of 2L diversity scholarships that can be awarded to LGBTQ+ scholars, based on an application process and CGPA.

6. Does your law school provide funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities?
Yes
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.

All of our students have access to travel support that is administered through the Student Bar Association.  We don’t keep track, year by year, of what the topics or demographics of the student designees.

7. Does your law school actively seek to employ diverse staff/faculty/administrators, including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals?
No
a. If so, please detail how and where recruitment efforts are directed

All positions are posted externally using both local and national job boards.  We use formal search committees made up of a diverse representation of campus constituents.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
We do not track LGBTQ+ faculty of color by sexual orientation. Faculty have the option to identify ethnicity when applying for a position.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
We do not track LGBTQ+ staff. Faculty have the option to identify ethnicity when applying for a position.
10. Does your law school provide benefits such as health insurance, family medical leave, parental leave, and nontraditional family planning such as in vitro fertilization and/or adoptive benefits on equal terms to same-sex couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships as are provided to different-sex married or registered domestic partner couples?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

We comply with all applicable California State law with regard to our plan design.

11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

We do not offer any health insurance or benefits to any of our students.  Students come with their parent’s plans, Covered California, or any number of other benefit plans offered in the state

12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

We comply with all applicable California State law.  Health plan decisions are based on medical necessity as determined by the healthcare provider, not the school.

13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):

We do not offer any health insurance or benefits to any of our students.  Students come with their parent’s plans, Covered California, or any number of other benefit plans offered in the state.

14. Do all students at your law school have access to counseling and/or therapy services either through the law school or the larger University?
Yes
15. Does your law school provide at least bi-annual mandatory diversity and inclusion training that incorporates robust LGBTQ+ curriculum, for all staff/faculty/administrators?
No
16. Does your law school provide a gender-inclusive restroom in any and/or all law school buildings?
Yes
a. How is that restroom identified (i.e., what does the signage say, is it identified on building maps, is there a gender-inclusive restroom policy that applies to all restrooms and where is that statement published, etc.)?

CWSL provides gender-inclusive restrooms in two of its three buildings.  The signage indicates that the restrooms are “ALL GENDER” and include symbols representing a man and woman.

17. Does your law school have one or more annual LGBTQ+ course offerings (e.g., LGBT Law and Policy, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Gender and the Law (taught with trans-inclusive and focused materials), etc.)?
No
a. If so, please list course names

CWSL does not have any LGBTQ+ classes or course offerings taught with a trans-inclusive and focused materials.  There is a class called “Gender and the Law,” that has different foci each year, depending upon the knowledge-base of the faculty member teaching it.

18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes
19. Does your law school have a hate/bias incident policy that students are required to follow?
Yes
a. If so, does that process specifically identify sexual orientation, gender identity, or both as protected categories?

CWSL expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and any other basis prohibited by law.  In addition, harassment that is based on gender, gender identity, sex-or gender stereotyping, or sexual orientation is prohibited by CWSL’s non-discrimination policy if such conduct denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from education programs, employment or services.

b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
Yes
20. Please describe all additional ways, not identified through your responses, that your law school works to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators:
  • CWSL has a designated Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion:
    • Attended the LSAC Equality Conference;
    • Discusses the multi-dimensional nature of diversity within the CWSL community during a mandatory Orientation session;
    • Offers one-on-one law school coaching sessions for all diverse students;
    • Administers a peer-to-peer mentoring program in which diverse mentees can identity a characteristic of a mentor with whom the mentee would like to be paired;
    • Promotes scholarships to and for LGBTQ+ students;
  • CWSL enforces an amelioration policy in response to on-campus military recruitment while the military discriminates against transgender men and women;
  • PRIDE Law is a CWSL student group focused on the needs of the LGBTQ+ student population. This year, PRIDE Law and CWSL Student and Diversity Services partnered to create a program on Trans Remembrance Day. Annually, PRIDE Law participates in San Diego Pride Week. Additionally, PRIDE Law is very active with the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (“THLA”). THLA Is a local bar association dedicated to the advancement of gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
  • Finally, CWSL has a rainbow flag that it flies with the American and California state flag on certain significant days: In remembrance of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Florida; when Marriage Equality was made the law of the land by the Supreme Court, etc. It is intended to symbolically demonstrate CWSL’s solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.