William & Mary Law School

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

We send representatives to meet with prospects and encourage visits to the Law School including programs such as our Diversity & Inclusion Law Day held on November 10, 2018.  The Opening Session speaker and representatives on both the student and alumni panels self-identified with LGBTQ+.

Our “Email a Student” webpage identifies a diverse list of students with their William & Mary Involvement and members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Equality Alliance, and Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice are included.

We send numerous emails to CRS prospects and encourage all to read our admission blog and student organization web pages where diverse students, activities, and organizations are featured.

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 admit packet includes the law school viewbook and references student organizations and all information on the web including student life, student organizations, and the variety of activities and programs available for our students, including those who identify with particular affinity groups. If admitted students agree to be contacted, we also connect admitted students with current students who identify with particular identity groups, including LGBTQ+ students and our Equality Alliance student group.

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

This is available on the application.

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
Yes
6. Does your law school provide funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities?
No
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.

No, the law school has not traditionally provided funding specifically for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+ focused events. However, our LGBTQ+ students regularly have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of diversity- and minority-related career and job fairs, including, but not limited to, the Southeast Minority Job Fair (SEMJF), the Delaware Minority Job Fair, and the Lavender Law Career Fair. Our LGBTQ+ students also have the opportunity to apply for hundreds of diversity-focused summer internships through pipeline programs such as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Scholars Program and the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region’s Corporate Scholars Program.

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

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. This statement is included in all of our employment postings, which are shared through our own website, and also in such publications and websites as The Chronicle of Higher Education and the AALS.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
We do not collect this information.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
We do not collect this information.
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
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
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Requires advanced authorization.

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):

But surgical services are not covered.

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.)?

All-Gender Restroom

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

This semester, for the first time, a faculty member is teaching Law & Sexuality. We have often offered Women & 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?

Both.

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:

The Law School recently created an Inclusion Task Force which will, between now and June 30, 2019, engage in inquiries intended to explore how we are meeting our goal that every member of the William & Mary Law School community feels welcomed, respected, and valued.