Tulane actively seeks to have a diverse class, including students who identify as LGBTQ+. We promote our student organizations to prospective applicants, including Lambda, the LGBTQ+ affinity group, and the Journal of Law and Sexuality: A Review of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Law, which is the first student-edited law review in the country devoted solely to covering legal issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community. The Journal is also the official legal journal of the National LGBT Bar Association. We also make efforts to include current LGBTQ+ students at admitted student events and connect applicants to current LGBTQ+ students.
Applicants can self-identify on an optional question in the LSAC application. We began asking enrolled students an optional self-ID question on our survey of incoming students in 2019 and will continue to collect this information going forward. In the Class of 2022, 41 out of 210 incoming JD students self-identified as LGBTQ+.
Tulane’s EO policy includes LGBTQ+ as a category. Sexual orientation and gender identity are considered a diversity category in assessing candidates. Current faculty have made efforts to introduce prospective faculty to LGBTQ+ faculty and staff around campus.
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Campus Health has medical and counseling providers trained to ensure they can provide culturally and clinically competent care to LGBTQ+ patients, including transgender and non-binary patients.
There are two all gender, single stall bathrooms in the law school’s library. There is a sign on the doors, and they are advertised at orientation. They are both accessible.
There is a University-wide policy: https://intercultural.tulane.edu/content/trans-tu
Law & Sexuality is offered every year or every other year
Gender Law & Public Policy is offered every year or every other year
Academic credit may be earned for junior and senior members of the Journal of Law & Sexuality
Fourteenth Amendment includes a module on “Sexual Orientation and Other Rights” (approximately 1/6 of reading)
Constitutional Law includes a module on Fundamental Rights with specific class devoted to sexuality.
Feminist Legal Theory Seminar encompasses coverage of Queer Perspectives on Feminist Theory and Intersectionality as topic areas
Employment Discrimination includes a module on “Sexual Orientation Discrimination”
Fair Housing has a module on “State and local initiatives: age, sexual orientation, source/amount of income” representing about half a week in the syllabus
Every year, the Assistant Dean of Students and Student Bar Association both provide funding to enable students from two student organizations– Lambda Law and the Journal of Law and Sexuality–to either attend LGBTQ+ focused conferences or host a conference at the law school. In general, several students attend the Lavender Law Conference each year with this funding. In recent years, the Journal of Law and Sex used this funding to host a full day symposium focused on LGBTQ+ issues. Last year, Lambda used part of its funding to attend a conference in Orlando. The Assistant Dean of Students also provides funding for recruitment meetings.
Yes, mandatory for all students
There is a session at orientation when LGBTQ+ students can meet upper-class LGBTQ+ students and faculty/deans.
The Assistant Dean for Career Development and Diversity Initiatives organizes social and professional networking events for LGBTQ+ students, beginning with a mixer with all other affinity groups sponsored by a local law firm and closing with a celebration lunch celebrating all events during the course of the year. She also meets with all affinity group leadership regularly over the year.
Class rosters reflect a student’s preferred name and pronouns (if the student has opted in). An optional Trans 101 training was held for all faculty, staff, and students in 2019-20.