Yes, we pull contact information on prospective students who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or express an interest in LGBTQ+ student groups in the application process. We send each of these applicants a letter from the President of OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student group, sharing opportunities and resources available to our students at UF Law.
Yes. Our orientation packet includes information on all of our student organizations, including our LGBTQ+ student organization, OutLaw; Black Law Student Organization (BLSA); Asian and Pacific American Law Student Organization (APLSA); Caribbean Law Students Association (CLSA); Cuban American Bar Association (CABA); Latino Law Student Association (LLSA); Native American Law Student Association (NALSA).
Yes. It is asked under the “Optional” portion of the application.
Yes. Students may select a “previous name” and “preferred name” option in our law school application process. Students may also change their name through our internal tracking system.
No. All applicants, regardless of background, are considered for scholarship awards upon application completion.
Yes. We provide funding for travel and hotel expenses for students to attend the National LGBT Bar Conference and Lavender Law Career Fair; pay for student membership fees to LGBTQ+ organizations; provide funding for students to participate in LGBTQ+ events and volunteer opportunities; and provide financial support for OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student organization.
Yes. If/when voluntary self-identification is offered by candidates, we very much consider this factor in our efforts to employ diverse staff, faculty and administration. We otherwise do not have any focused recruitment efforts in this area.
Yes. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for domestic partner health insurance. This insurance is available to both same- and opposite-sex partners as well as to children of the employee and partner so long as the required criteria outlined on the domestic partner affidavit is satisfied. More information is available via: https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/my-benefits/eligible-dependents
We offer services, but not benefits. Services are available to students and their same-sex partners. Our student health care center offers LGBTQ+ care and resources, including transgender services, and a network of comprehensive resources. More information may be found via: https://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance/university-shcc-fees/spouse-domestic-partner-care/ and https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/specialty-care/lgbtq-care-resources/
Not specifically designated as such, but it may be covered under general health benefits.
We offer services, but not benefits. Services are available to students and their same-sex partners. Our student health care center offers LGBTQ+ care and resources, including transgender services, and a network of comprehensive resources. More information is available via: https://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance/university-shcc-fees/spouse-domestic-partner-care/ and https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/specialty-care/lgbtq-care-resources/
Yes. Counseling and/or therapy services are provided on-site at the law school, as well as through university resources. The law school campus is situated within the larger university campus so our students, faculty, and staff have access to campus-wide resources and offerings.
Yes, we have one restroom designated as “multi-gender”. The law school is currently undergoing renovations to create more student-centered, collaborative and inclusive spaces. This renovation will add two multi-gender restrooms to our campus for a total of three.
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Sexuality and the Law
Yes. OutLaw is our active, LGBTQ+ student group that hosts programming and social events for LGBTQ+ students and allies.
In addition to the law school group, the University hosts an LGBTQ Affairs student organization that strives to educate, advocate, and support LGBTQ people at UF and in the Gainesville community. Through student-centered programming, outreach, community building, and advocacy, this group is committed to creating a safe and affirming campus-community for students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.
Our University also sponsors an LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, through which members of our law school faculty serve. The Advisory Committee is a vehicle for a systematic and periodic assessment of the quality of life of LGBTQ individuals at the university, making recommendations for educational programming, establishment of specific services and programs, and other similar matters. Additionally, the committee examines and recommends revisions in university policies and procedures that may have potentially adverse effects for LGBT individuals and serves as a forum in which various individuals and groups can express concerns.
Students, faculty, and staff at the Levin College of Law are part of an active and diverse community. We remind our students that their interaction with other students from varied backgrounds and experiences leads to a better education and healthier understanding of how the world works. More importantly, this foundation contributes to valuable dialogue in our increasingly global and multicultural world. Indeed, success in the 21st-century workplace requires a mature understanding of diversity and community. We urge our students to reach beyond their comfort zone by embracing and interacting with those different from themselves in terms of race, religion, class, belief system, gender, and sexual orientation.