We design outreach to highlight the fact that our campus community, our city, and our state is supportive of diversity in gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, and intersections of identities. In addition, we include LGBT law students, staff, and faculty in videos and stories that are featured in our marketing efforts. The Pacific Northwest is well-known for being a progressive and inclusive corner of the nation for the LGBTQ community. The University of Oregon has frequently been ranked as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly campuses. Our campus has been recognized as the top college in Oregon for LGBTQ students by the Campus Pride Index. The UO was given five out of five stars by Campus Pride, based on categories that included institutional commitment, student life, campus safety, health and counseling services, and retention and recruitment efforts. All of these things help us build a general reputation as a collegial and supportive place for LGBT students to attend law school; and much of the marketing is done through other news outlets, or even word of mouth.
Students can self-identity as LGBTQ+ in the law school application process, and with the university registration system upon matriculation to the law school.
The University of Oregon offers university-wide scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students, some of which include graduate students.
We advertise on the University of Oregon career site, Chronicle of Higher Ed, HigherEd Jobs, UniversityJobs.com, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, Register Guard, and OregonLive. Many of the advertisers have hundreds of sites they forward to, including diversity-related hiring sites. We also purchase additional diversity packages as add-ons. We encourage our employees to forward to additional persons and listservs. We post to Oregon State Bar for positions that require or have preference for a JD.
We do not have a confidential self-identifying program. The university does allow this during the initial hiring process, but that information is not typically shared with the academic unit due to the confidential nature of the information.
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The UO health insurance benefit program is designed and administered by the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) of Oregon. All benefit eligible employees at the UO are offered the same benefit package. This includes coverage for same or different-sex spouses and domestic partners. All of the medical plans offer some level of coverage for family planning services and although the plans do not pay the fees for adoption, they do provide coverage from date of placement. We are in full compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act as well as the Oregon Family Leave Act. Depending on the employee’s employment classification, additional parental leave benefits may be available.
Member Handbooks for the medical plans offered by PEBB are available online:
The student plan can be found here.
Yes (students only). The university student health plan (offered through PacificSource) is different from the university employee health plan (offered through Providence) and only covers the student themselves. The student plan covers gender affirming care and related procedures, including hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.
The policy can be found here.
The University Counseling Center affirms, honors, respects, and celebrates diversity in the broadest sense including age, body size and shape, differing abilities, gender, ethnicity, nationality, outward appearance, political ideology, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual and affectual orientation, and socioeconomic class. The center is devoted to confronting discrimination, oppression, and prejudice in all of their many forms. As it works toward a more inclusive university community, it strives for the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights.
All restroom signs indicate the availability and location of a gender-inclusive family restroom within the building.
Information on campus restrooms, including the law school, can be found here.
Course offerings include Civil Rights; Gender and Justice; and Race, Gender, Bias and Law.
UO Law requires that students complete one of the courses that are approved to meet the Diversity Graduation Requirement. For a list of courses, see this page.
The University of Oregon School of Law provides financial support for the following: The OUTLaws student organization; travel funding for attending Lavender Law; and funding to support student participation in the National LGBT Moot Court competition hosted by the Williams Institute at UCLA.
Yes, mandatory for all students
Yes, optional for all students
We have a mandatory session during 1L orientation that is on equity/inclusion. From there, we offer a range of optional programming throughout the year that students can self-select into.
Discussions about LGBTQ+ issues are welcomed and addressed widely at our school, whether it be in Constitutional Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, or Employment Law. Our school supports several enrolled transgender students and continues to support our alumni base that identifies as LGBTQIA+. Many staff and faculty members have also attended the University of Oregon’s Queer Ally Coalition training, and some wear name tags and use email signatures with preferred pronouns.
LGBTQ+ law students can use the resources of and become involved with the University of Oregon’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Education and Support Services (LGBTESS). This office includes transition support, events and programming, panels and educational resources, support and discussion groups, LGBTQ+-specific scholarships, and several student groups.
The University of Oregon affirms and actively promotes the right of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to any protected basis, including race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression or any other consideration not directly and substantively related to effective performance.