Our admissions process reflects our mission to provide a high quality legal education to qualified students regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We have interpreted our commitment to diversity broadly, and through Sp.A.C.E., our discretionary admissions process, we seek to identify talented students with different backgrounds and perspectives who will both enhance the intellectual exchange in the classroom and ultimately have a positive impact on both the profession and the larger society. The Faculty Admissions Committee has identified applicants who identify as gay, lesbian or transgender as among one of the characteristics it considers when making admissions decisions. We encourage students who feel that one or more of these characteristics describe their background to share their unique personal history, either in their personal statement or in an additional Sp.A.C.E. statement.
Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their admissions application (see above description of SpA.C.E.). In addition, incoming 1L students are given the opportunity to self-identify as part of a pre-enrollment survey.
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Although a Self-ID program is not part of the University’s hiring process, the Law School conducted a survey of current faculty and staff in order to provide information for this survey.
Dependent upon the specific plan, the following benefits are covered: artificial insemination, assisted fertilization, in-vitro fertilization, GIFT, ZIFT. According to medical necessity where applicable.
According to medical necessity where applicable
Dependent upon the specific plan a student chooses – it may cover artificial insemination and assisted fertilization and according to medical necessity where applicable.
According to medical necessity where applicable
Language from the website: Tuttleman Counseling Services is committed to promoting inclusion and the affirmation of diversity in all forms. Our staff places a high value on the dignity and worth of all people. We embrace the richness brought by identities and expressions at the intersections of ethnicity, race, nationality, sexual/affectional orientation, gender, size, age, physical and mental abilities, religion/spirituality, socioeconomic status, and immigration status. In this spirit, we strive to foster cultural humility through ongoing training and professional development. We aim to promote the mental health and well-being of our diverse Temple community.
In addition, several counseling center staff specifically address LGBTQ+ issues in their area of expertise and practice.
The Law School provides multiple stall restrooms. We have two classroom buildings and both buildings have multiple stall restrooms for people of all genders. The signage indicates that the restroom is an All Gender restroom. The signage for the gender-segregated restrooms indicates the location in each building of the gender-neutral restrooms. Our All Gender restrooms are accessible for people with disabilities.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Clinic: Mazzoni Center
This clinical course is designed for students with a sincere commitment to LGBT equality, direct legal service and public interest work. The clinical helps students develop an understanding of the interaction between sexual orientation, gender identity, and the law through a combination of direct service, legal research and public education. Students will gain familiarity with a wide variety of legal issues, including, but not limited to, the following: discrimination in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations; family law, including marriage and marital equivalents, custody, support, adoption and dissolution; criminal law, including hate crimes, police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and failure to protect; youth law; and advance planning as a means to securing legal protections for the family units formed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Students will work closely with attorneys on a wide variety of cases, some of which involve precedent-setting legal issues.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law
This writing seminar will explore the intersections between American law and issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. The course will begin by encouraging students to think about what is meant by the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” and how those identities relate to other legally-protected statuses. The remainder of the course will survey a range of substantive areas of American law in which issues of sexual orientation and gender identity arise. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical underpinnings of sexual orientation and gender identity law, and also to creatively imagine how real-life clients presenting these issues might be served in different areas of practice.
The Lavender Law conference was held in Philadelphia last year so no travel expenses were required. In addition, our Assistant Dean for Career Services was a presenter at the conference.
Although it is not required at least every three years, faculty, staff and administrators are required to complete anti-sexual harassment training that explicitly covers same-sex harassment and harassment of transgender/nonbinary people.
As stated in our Mission Statement “We are dedicated to our foundational ideal of making legal education accessible to all talented individuals, including individuals who otherwise might not have that opportunity or who might encounter barriers because of race, creed, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, socioeconomic background, or other personal characteristics.”
This ideal is fostered in providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming community for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff in a variety of ways.
- The Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion evaluates and make recommendations to the Dean concerning how Temple Law School can best fulfill its mission with respect to diversity and inclusion in the Law School community. The Council includes 4 faculty members, 5 staff members, and 5 students.
- Prior to orientation, all incoming students are asked to share their pronouns and preferred names. This information is shared with faculty and staff so that students can feel welcome and supported. In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged to include their pronouns in emails and in other communications. The Law School provides pronoun stickers which students have the option of using on their name tags/name card.
- Name Change Project. Through this project students and faculty work to help transgender Philadelphians access free legal name changes in collaboration with the Mazzoni Center. Temple Law students are trained to provide trans-inclusive client services, coordinating the logistics of the project by matching students with clients, and supporting students in the process of drafting and filing legal name change petitions.
- LGBTQ+ students lead “Gender 101” a training for Temple Law students on gender identity and sexual orientation, providing more than 100 students with the information they needed to better support the transgender people in their lives. The training was then extended to Law School faculty and staff, which included a conversation about how law faculty can best support transgender students in their classes.
- The Law School has provided support for a student-run drag show at the Law School.
- As noted in response to Questions 20 & 21, the Law School identified several multiple stall bathrooms in each of our classroom buildings to serve as All Gender Restrooms.
- The student group OUTlaw facilitates an LGBTQ+ Alumni Mentoring Program
- Four members of the Philadelphia Commission on LGBT Affairs are graduates of Temple Law School, including two who are members of the faculty.
- In each of the past two years, Temple Law students have been selected by The LGBT Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award.