Through the admissions process we generally encourage underrepresented individuals to apply to law school by participating in diversity fairs and the like. Additionally, we promote our student organizations to prospective applicants including diversity organizations and OUTLAWS. Further, through the Law School Admission Council we seek out prospective underrepresented applicants as well as those who have identified as LGBTQ+ and encourage them to apply. We also offer resources, such as the ability to speak with current students in order to help applicants gain a better idea of our diversity offerings and our culture during the challenging decision-making process.
As of 2020-2021 application cycle, our application for admission asks the specific question: Do you wish to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community?
Fordham Law School began collecting Self ID last year.
That has been the case for Admissions, and now on the University Banner system as well.
All our posted Admin, clerical and maintenance positions are posted on the following:
HERC – Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
Subject to the NY State Mandate effective 1/1/20, the plan covers Infertility & Reproductive Services, such as Basic Infertility Services, Comprehensive Infertility Services, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Sperm Storage for IVF, Cryopreservation and storage of embryos for IVF and Fertility Preservation Services.
Infertility is defined as:
• The inability to achieve a successful pregnancy following 1 year of unprotected intercourse or therapeutic donor insemination in cases where the female is <35 years of age; or following 6 months of unprotected intercourse or therapeutic donor insemination for females ≥35 years of age. (American Society for Reproductive Medicine)
• The presence of an identified infertility factor should allow for immediate treatment, obviating the need for the waiting period to meet the definition of infertility.
Please refer to the Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment Medical Policy and the Infertility Services Coverage Determination Guideline.
A female couple (or a single female) who is unable to become pregnant via therapeutic donor insemination for a period of 12 months for <35 or for 6 months for 35+ may be eligible for coverage. The time requirement to achieve a pregnancy is the same for same sex female couples and different sex couples.
Please refer to the Gender Dysphoria Treatment Medical Policy. https://www.uhcprovider.com/content/dam/provider/docs/public/policies/comm-medical-drug/gender-dysphoria-treatment.pdf
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Fordham University coordinates, co-sponsors, and supports a number of LGBTQ and Ally Network of Support focused events and programs on campus that educates the campus community and raises awareness about the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally members of the Fordham community. These events are planned by our office in collaboration with student organizations and other departments on campus. https://www.fordham.edu/info/20913/lgbtq_resources https://www.fordham.edu/info/20915/lgbtq_and_ally_network_of_support
On most floors of Fordham Law School there are specific single-stall facilities that are designated with signage as “all-gender” restrooms. Each of these restrooms are accessible for people with disabilities. Fordham Law School has 18 designated restrooms throughout the building, in addition all-gender restrooms located throughout the Lincoln Center campus.
Fordham University maintains All Gender restrooms identified on campus maps: https://www.fordham.edu/info/20422/living_on_campus_at_rose_hill/9784/all_gender_restrooms
Fordham University also maintains single occupancy restrooms at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. Each of these restrooms may be used by any member of the Fordham community, and have locking doors: https://www.fordham.edu/info/20913/lgbtq_resources/1730/additional_resources
Clinic Seminar & Casework: Family Advocacy
Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes
Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
Gender, Sexuality and the Law
Gender, Violence and the Law
LGBT Rights in Bangladesh
LGBT-International Human Rights
Protection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Under International Human Rights Law
Race, Sex and Love
Sexual Orientation -International Human Rights
Other Related courses:
Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility
Legislative and Policy Advocacy Clinic Seminar & Fieldwork
Professional Responsibility: Lawyers and Justice
The Office of Student Affairs formally meets monthly with OUTLAWS, our LGBTQ+ law student group, in addition to general meetings and gatherings with the administration.
Each year, the OUTLAWS Student Organization receives a budget through the SBA budget allocation process and the membership is able to use their funding for travel or events as they see fit. OUTLAWS is also able to seek supplemental funding to support special events and requests to attend regional or national events that may not be covered by their independent budget. Some events that have been sponsored in recent years are attendance at the national Lavender Law conferences and the OUTLAWS@Work Panel and Volunteer Project.
Yes, mandatory for all students
First year law students undergo mandatory diversity and inclusion training that incorporates an anti-racism and LGBTQ+ curriculum within comprehensive programs throughout the academic year.
Upper level students are offered diversity and inclusion training opportunities through various programs during the academic year.
Faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in diversity and inclusion workshops. Adjunct faculty are required to engage in diversity and inclusion training.
Staff and administrators are participate in mandatory diversity and inclusion trainings that include anti-racism and LGBTQ+ curriculum.
Fordham Law School remains committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all members of our community, including our LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators. We are dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout the Law School and Fordham University. The Office of Student Affairs maintains administrators and staff who are DEI experts to guide students and the Law School in general towards greater support. The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides LGBTQ+ training opportunities , LGBTQ+ focused resources, and organizational support for LGBTQ+ student groups, including the PRIDE Alliance and Rainbow Alliance.
Fordham Law School consistently partners with students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni to create dynamic training opportunities and specific programs on LGBTQ+ issues that promote equitable inclusivity in the context of legal education and the legal profession. We retained an expert consultant through the National LGBT Bar Association to assist with these efforts. Through courses and clinics, we offer a wide array of resources and materials in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Our OUTLAWS student organization is active, and its members have a direct impact on the policies and procedures implemented at the Law School. Members of our OUTLAWS chapter are leaders and serve on a variety of boards, including the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity.
We elevate all students at the Law School through DEI leadership development in building a legacy of cultural competency. We develop and facilitate a number of DEI programs and initiatives, including dialogue days, faculty-student conversations, and book clubs to connect with all aspects of our diversity. We regularly invite members of our community to collaborate, both personally and professionally, in cultivating our DEI culture at Fordham Law School. We invite you to learn more about Fordham Law School online or at our Lincoln Center campus located in the heart of New York City which is home to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community.