McGeorge intentionally seeks out prospective LGBTQ+ students by highlighting our LGBTQ+ students and student org and utilizing a scholarship designated for LGBTQ+ students.
The application itself has 3 questions regarding identify.
1. What Gender were you assigned at birth?
2. What is your current gender?
3. Do you consider yourself to be a member of the
LGBTQ community? (Optional) Yes No
Our current reporting platform does not pull data from the optional application question regarding self-identification as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, so we cannot provide additional data at this time. However, gender designations and personal pronoun fields are expected to be built in our reporting platform and will be reportable data soon.
We have one donor specific scholarship that can be awarded to incoming LGBTQ+ students and returning/continuing students.
This was the first year in several that we were able to hire three faculty positions, one tenure track and two long-term contract track. Diversity in hiring was a focus for us throughout these searches. We also have continued to make an effort to hire diverse faculty as adjuncts. We follow AAEEOO requirements and have a champion of diversity designated on every search committee. In addition, we reach out to the local bar association, and affiliate bar associations, as well as the Inn of Court when advertising for open full-time and adjunct faculty positions. Our full-time faculty searches for contract faculty are ongoing, but our tenure-track position has been filled by a candidate who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The new professor will start in July 2021.
The student insurance plan is a student only plan. It does not cover spouses and children.
Pacific is committed to its transgender students, faculty and staff. Intercultural Student Success Department has various training on ensuring that our campuses are safe zones.
We have many single-stall and/or multi-stall restrooms available to people of all genders (i.e., gender-neutral, safe space restrooms) in some of our law school buildings, but not all buildings at this point.
We offer Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity every year or every other year, depending on faculty availability. We also have a new course on Reproductive Rights that touches on some LGBTQ+ issues.
McGeorge’s Career Development Office offers reimbursement of up to $150.00 (per student, per academic year) to help defray the costs associated with attending professional conferences and recruiting events, including the LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair. McGeorge’s Public Legal Services Society (PLSS) offers summer internship grants for students in the public sector or public interest, which includes legal organizations that promote LGBTQ+ rights, such as the Family Equality Council, which advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Our Washington, DC Fellowship also funds public interest and public sector internships in DC, which has included an internship with the DC office of the Family Equality Council.
The law school has offered Safe Zone and Allyship Training to faculty, staff, students, and administrators on a regular basis. The law school also includes two diversity and inclusion training sessions for students, one during orientation and one as part of the law school’s required first-year Legal Profession course each year. The trainings address, among other topics, LGBTQ+ issues.
• The law school has an on-campus, law student-focused Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) that explicitly serves, among others, LGBTQ+ students. The CID is staffed by professionals, faculty, staff, and students who are trained to support the students served by the CID.
• The law school’s largest privately-funded scholarship is the Jeffrey K. Poile Memorial Civil Rights Scholarship (for students with a demonstrated commitment to the furtherance of LGBTQ+ rights). The law school hosts an annual alumni event to support the Poile Scholarship.
• The law school hosts an annual drag show in which faculty, staff, administrators, and students participate, also as a fundraiser for the Poile Scholarship.
• The law school has regularly offered a Safe Zone and Allyship Training to faculty, staff, students.
• The law school delivers two diversity and inclusion training sessions for students, one during orientation and one as part of the law school’s required first-year Legal Profession course.