Current Seattle U Law students have represented the Admission Office and assisted in recruiting at the annual Lavender Law Conference. The Admission Office also sends targeted email and social media campaigns to applicants who identify as LGBTQ+. We regularly participate in LSAC’s LGBTQ+ surveys to provide applicants with information about the School of Law’s curricular offerings focusing on gender and sexuality issues, contact information for LGBTQ faculty and staff, and campus resources for LGBTQ students.
With regard to admitted students, there is a Diversity Reception for admitted students of color and LGBTQ+ students, held the evening before our Spring Visit Day open house each year. Targeted welcome messages are also sent to enrollees from LGBTQ+ staff and faculty.
Students have a self-select option on the admission forms.
2 students who self-identify as queer or otherwise as a member of a gender or sexual orientation minority group, and 70 students who were not asked to further identify themselves within the LGBTQ+ community.
The Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship provides support for a student actively committed to and engaged in public interest law that benefits the LGBTQ+ community.
“Students seek counseling and psychological services for a wide variety of reasons, including depression and anxiety, life crises, identity issues, relationship concerns, difficulty with loss or other life transitions, sexual choices and concerns, problems related to alcohol or drug use, as well as many other issues of concern. We treat each student with sensitivity, providing affirmative therapy that values diversity and respects the individual.”- language from counseling center
Signage reads, “All are welcome to use this single occupant / family / ADA restroom”; the three single-stall restrooms within the law school are identified on the building directory; all three of those restrooms are accessible for people with disabilities.
Outside each gender-segregated restroom, the following language is posted along with information on where to find the three specific gender neutral restrooms in our building: “Gender diversity is welcomed here. All are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity.”
Gender and the law; Gender Violence Immigration Clinic
Our LGBTQ+ students’ association is OUTLaws. OUTLaws was organized to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students and their friends; to present information about legal issues and problems facing individuals; to work with the faculty and the law school to eradicate barriers to the success of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students; and to offer a network for social gatherings among our members and friends. We also have a Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming and Allies Student Association that has similar goals for that subset of the LGBTQ+ community.
Funding to attend Lavender Conference; Sponsorship of local QLaw Networking Event; Sponsorship of QLaw Banquet for student to attend
Law Student Orientation has a required implicit bias and racial justice training.
Our Social Justice Leadership Committee comprised of students staff and faculty work to promote a inclusive and welcoming campus for all students. In addition, the law school is located in Capitol Hill, the vibrant LGBTQ epicenter of Seattle.