UCLA 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?

UCLA Law actively recruits LGBTQ students by partnering with our faculty, staff and OUTLaw student organization to contact prospective students who have identified as LGBTQ and are interested in information from law schools. Our OUTLaw organization also calls admitted LGBTQ students offering to serve as a resource and answer any questions, and OUTLaw hosts a pre-orientation gathering to assist in the transition to law school.

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

UCLA Law’s welcome packet for admitted students lists contact information for all of our student organizations, including OUTLaw, the Black Law Students Association, the Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association, the La Raza Law Students Association, the Native American Law Students Association, the South Asian Law Students Association and the Womyn of Color Collective, among many others.

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

UCLA Law does not have a specific question requesting LGBTQ+ affiliation but if applicants self-identify and agree to have their information passed along to OUTLaw or other student organizations, UCLA Law will provide that information to the organization and/or other out faculty and staff assisting admissions recruiting.

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

UCLA Law offers students the option to have their name of choice on their admission application. After enrollment, the main campus allows students to make legal name changes, as well as designate a preferred name on all of our computer systems. The following website outlines the procedures for both: https://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Student-Records/Personal-Information

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
Yes

Yes, UCLA Law offers an annual scholarship specifically for an LGBTQ+ student or recent graduate who is interested in a career in research, teaching or advocacy focused on sexual orientation law and policy issues. In addition, UCLA Law assists students in locating LGBTQ-friendly scholarships from law firms, organizations and bar associations.

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.

UCLA Law provides funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities. These opportunities include individual student funding for the annual Lavender Law conference, up to $500 for reimbursements related to certain job interviews, a Career and Conference Fund for LGBTQ and other students to get reimbursed up to $100 each year for professional conferences, and collaboration with UCLA’s OUTLaw on events and career panels. Our UCLA Law Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy also provides our students with free and reduced admission to career net-working events and provides research assistant positions to 2L, 3L and LL.M. students.

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

UCLA Law school actively seeks to employ a diverse staff and faculty including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals. As for staff positions, we recruit on national job boards and reach out to staff and faculty on a monthly basis to let them know of job opportunities available. We recruit faculty through the AALS Faculty Recruitment process and adjunct or part-time lecturers through UCLA job postings.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
UCLA Law does not track this information. However, the OUTLaw student organization has an “OUTList” of faculty and administrators that have provided their contact information to our UCLA Law OUTLaw group, so that students can get in contact with them. The list is accessible to students through the UCLA Law intranet. Currently there are 14 faculty members listed and 9 administrators.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
UCLA Law does not track this information. However, the OUTLaw student organization has an “OUTList” of faculty and administrators that have provided their contact information to our UCLA Law OUTLaw group, so that students can get in contact with them. The list is accessible to students through the UCLA Law intranet. Currently there are 14 faculty members listed and 9 administrators.
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

Yes, UCLA Law provides the option of comprehensive medical coverage to all employees and their partners in the same manner, regardless of LGBTQ+ status. This includes couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships.

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

Yes, UCLA Law provides the option of comprehensive medical coverage to all students and their partners in the same manner, regardless of LGBTQ+ status. This includes couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships.

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

Yes, UCLA Law provides the option of transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees. Our benefits information is here.

13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):

Yes, UCLA Law provides the option of transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning students and their partners/spouses. Our benefits information is HERE.

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

Yes, all UCLA Law students have access to counseling and/or psychological services (CAPS) at the main campus office on campus or within the law school building (CAPS satellite office in the law library). The law school offers nine drop-in counseling hours per week in addition to set appointments, provides mindfulness meditation each Tuesday and yoga sessions three times per week.

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

UCLA Law staff, faculty and administrators are required to complete a Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention training each year, which includes discussion of LGBTQ+ issues, but this is the only mandatory training. UCLA Law does offer several faculty trainings each year through the Learning Environment and Diversity faculty/student committee and these have discussed LGBTQ+-related issues in addition to general issues relating to students of color, differently-abled students and other identities.

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, UCLA Law has four gender-inclusive restrooms in the building. Currently under construction within the law building is the first multi-stall gender-inclusive restroom on the UCLA campus, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. In addition, we have signage on the hallway walls directing people to the nearest gender-inclusive restroom and signage within all restrooms (non-binary and binary restrooms) that state “Our Restrooms Are For Everyone – Anyone, of any gender identity/expression, can use the restroom of their preference. Everyone should feel safe when using the restroom, so please be respectful and help us make this a welcoming, inclusive space. It’s the law! Including California Civil Code Section 51 (b) and California Government Code Section 12940 et. seq.”

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.)?
Yes
a. If so, please list course names

Yes, UCLA Law has the following courses available for all students and also offers an LL.M. degree with a specialization in Law and Sexuality : Law and Sexuality (offered every year)

-Women and the Law

-Intersectionalities

-Human Rights and Sexual Politics

-Sexual Orientation Workshop

-Feminist Legal Theory

-LGBT Law and Public Policy Research

-Comparative Sexual Orientation Law

-HIV/AIDS Law and Public Policy

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

Yes, UCLA Law supports the OUTLaw student organization and provides funding for events, meetings and conferences.

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?

Yes, UCLA Law has a hate/bias incident policy and process that students may follow either to report or respond to an incident. It specifically lists “sexual orientation” and “gender identity and expression” as two categories of possible bias.

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:

UCLA School of Law is home to a nationally recognized policy “think tank” for issues relating to the LGBTQ+ community. The Williams Institute provides students, staff and faculty the opportunity to attend LGBTQ+-focused lectures and events and engage in dialogue about these important issues. UCLA Law also provides financing and space for an LGBTQ Working Group, made up of LGBTQ student leaders at UCLA Law who are working to improve the law school climate for the LGBTQ community. This working group has led to improvements in our gender-inclusive restrooms, pronoun usage in official documents and within the classroom and education of faculty and staff relating to terminology. For more information about support for LGBTQ+ students, please contact UCLA Law Office for Student Affairs at studentaffairs@law.ucl

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