University of Louisville Brandeis 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?

We search the LSAC Candidate Referral Service for students who identify as LGBTQ+. We then send email campaigns to those students regarding LGBTQ+ services offered at the law school and campus at large. Additionally, we invite these students to attend our annual Diversity & Inclusion Day open house. This event is specifically geared towards students of color and LGBTQ+ students. We also advertise this event through campus organizations (including our nationally-recognized LGBT Center).

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

The welcome packet includes a brochure on campus resources, and specifically includes the University LGBT Center and the University Cultural Center. The packet also includes a listing of all our student organizations which include Lambda Law Caucus, BLSA, and Women’s Law Caucus.

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

Our application allows students to identify between the following gender identities (choose all that apply): agender, androgyne, demigender, female, genderqueer or gender fluid, male, questioning or unsure, trans female, trans male, other category/identity not listed, decline to respond, if not listed, you may list it here.  We also allow them to choose from the following sexual orientation categories (choose all that apply): asexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning or unsure, same-gender loving, straight (heterosexual), other category/orientation not listed, decline to respond, if not listed you may list it here.

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

Our student information system allows students to select a “preferred name.”  Preferred names will appear on class rosters.

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

The law school awards only academic merit scholarships.

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.

We offer any student who wants to attend a career services fair up to $300 in funding for travel and hotel.  An obvious example would be the Lavender Law Conference and Job Fair in NYC.   We always send notices of opportunities to the our diversity distribution list and to the president of the Lambda Law Caucus (LGBTQ+ student group) to share with all members.

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

For faculty recruitment, we use the AALS recruitment process which asks candidates to self-identify. We also post all jobs via university portal, and advertise to our Law Alumni Council, our Alumni diversity Council, the LBA (Louisville Bar Association), and LGBTQLou.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
6
How many out LGBTQ+ faculty of color does your institution currently employ in total?
2
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/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
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
12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
Yes
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):
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.)?

It is identified as a “family” restroom.  It has a lounge and two sinks with two toilet rooms that have full doors that lock.

https://louisville.edu/lgbt/resources-for-students-and-employees/resources-for-employees-1/gender-inclusive-bathrooms

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

Sexual Orientation and the Law; Gender and the Law

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?
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:

http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/09/u-l-earns-five-five-stars-lgbt-campus-life