Notre Dame Law School

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

As part of Notre Dame Law School’s commitment to educating a “different kind of lawyer,” we intentionally seek out all students who have an interest in social justice and public service. This includes prospective students who identify as LGBTQ+ and seek to use their legal education to be a force for good in the world, often through a career in activism, social justice, or service to the public.

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

Yes. Our admitted students welcome packet includes a list of student organizations. We have several active student groups that support our diverse student body and work to highlight legal issues that impact minority groups. These include the LGBT Law Forum, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Law Students Association, and Asian Law Students Association.

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
Yes

Yes. Students are able to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in the personal statement portion of their admissions application.

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

Prospective students may include their preferred names on their admissions application. The Law School uses a student’s preferred name when communicating about admissions decisions.

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
No

No. All applicants are considered for scholarships primarily based on academic merit, as well as factors like leadership skills, community service, and other outstanding personal or professional accomplishments.

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.

Yes. The LGBT Law Forum has funding that is used by students to travel to Lavender Law and other LGBTQ+-focused conferences and career fairs. This funding is provided by Law School alumni donations and allocations from the Dean’s office, similar to funding for other affinity groups (BLSA, HLSA, ALSA).

7. Does your law school actively seek to employ diverse staff/faculty/administrators, including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals?
Yes
a. If so, please detail how and where recruitment efforts are directed

Notre Dame is committed to building an inclusive community and welcomes all individuals. The University’s Spirit of Inclusion can be reviewed at: http://diversity.nd.edu/ and http://diversity.nd.edu/together-at-notre-dame/.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
The Law School does not collect this information from faculty or staff and does not speculate on sexual orientation or identity.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
The Law School does not collect this information from faculty or staff and does not speculate on sexual orientation or identity.
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

The University of Notre Dame recognizes all legal marriages and provides benefits to spouses regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

The University of Notre Dame recognizes all legal marriages and provides benefits to spouses regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

The University of Notre Dame does not offer additional health benefits to transgender employees beyond that offered to all employees.

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):

The University of Notre Dame does not offer additional health benefits to transgender students beyond that offered to all students.

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?
Yes

All Notre Dame employees must attend diversity and inclusion training. The Law School does not provide any Law School-specific diversity training sessions for faculty and staff.

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.)?

Yes. Both Law School buildings have multiple single-stall unisex restrooms that may be used by persons of any gender.

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

When legal issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals are relevant to a course topic, instructors may choose to incorporate them into the course. The Law School does not have a course focusing specifically on LGBTQ+ legal issues.

18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes

Yes. The Law School’s LGBT Law Forum is a recognized student organization that focuses on legal issues relevant to LGBTQ+ individuals. Their recent activities have included a TRANSformative Legal Topics panel, co-sponsoring the Notre Dame annual GlobaLGBTQ+ Film Festival at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and an upcoming program featuring Jim Obergefell.

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?

The Law School has a non-discrimination policy which includes a prohibition against sexual and discriminatory harassment. The full policy can be found here: https://law.nd.edu/admissions/apply/non-discrimination-policy/

Students are also subject to the University’s policy against discriminatory harassment, which specifically prohibits offensive, unwelcome conduct or language based on sexual orientation. The University’s policy can be found here: https://dulac.nd.edu/community-standards/standards/dh.

b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
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:

The Law School believes that we can only flourish as an institution when we are welcoming of students from all backgrounds and life experiences. We embrace the University’s Spirit of Inclusion, which states in part:

“The University of Notre Dame strives for a spirit of inclusion among the members of this community for distinct reasons articulated in our Christian tradition. We prize the uniqueness of all persons as God’s creatures. We welcome all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, and nationality, for example, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated. We value gay and lesbian members of this community as we value all members of this community. We condemn harassment of any kind, and University policies proscribe it. We consciously create an environment of mutual respect, hospitality and warmth in which none are strangers and all may flourish.”

See: https://diversity.nd.edu/together-at-notre-dame/