LGBT Bar's Law School Climate Survey-2019

In December of 2018, the National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation invited all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States to participate in the National LGBT Bar Association’s first annual Law School Climate Survey. This survey was designed to identify policies and procedures that specifically impact the schools’ LGBTQ+ population. The survey asked each school to identify only their law school’s policies and data, and not those of any broader University structure associated with that law school.

The grid below includes data that the 67 responding schools submitted in the form of “Yes” and “No” answers, based upon the schools’ 2018-19 school year policies and data. Please click on each individual school’s name for more detailed answers and information.

As a companion to this survey, the National LGBT Bar Association has created a toolkit as a resource to assist law schools in their efforts to foster a safe, welcoming community free from discrimination.

In addition to the information contained in the climate survey, the National LGBT Bar has compiled non-discrimination policies for each ABA-accredited law school in the United States and has noted whether each school bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This data represents our best information as of  February 1, 2019. If you are affiliated with an ABA-accredited law school and believe that our information is out-of-date, please contact Chief Program Officer Judi O’Kelley with an updated link to your law school’s non-discrimination policy.

The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation profusely thanks the 67 law schools that responded to this survey.

Law SchoolSeeks out prospective LGBTQ+ studentsWelcome packet includes mention of identity group supportOffers option to self identify in admissions or post-enrollment formsAllows Transgender Name of ChoiceProvides annual scholarships for LGBTQ+ studentsProvides funding for focused learning and career servicesActively seeks to employ diverse staff/faculty/administratorsHow many LGBTQ+ faculty?How many LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?Offers benefits to same-sex spouses/partners on equal termsOffers health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partnersOffers transition related health benefits to transgender/transitioning employeesOffers transition related health benefits to transgender/transitioning studentsOffers counseling/therapy servicesOffers diversity and inclusion trainingOffers gender-inclusive bathroomsOffers LGBTQ+ course offeringsHas active LGBTQ+ law student groupHas hate/bias incident policy
Albany Law SchoolYesYesYesYesNoNoYes33YesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva UniversityYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsTwo out LGBTQ+ faculty members. View CommentsTwo out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators.YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Berkeley Law School, University of CaliforniaYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsBerkeley Law has no formal process for identifying, counting or documenting faculty LGBTQ+ status. Various “out-lists” for the UC Berkeley campus and School of Law suggest there are 5-6 self-identifying LGBTQ+ faculty, two of color. View CommentsBerkeley Law has no formal process for identifying, counting or documenting staff/administrators LGBTQ+ status. Various “out-lists” for the UC Berkeley campus and School of Law suggest there are 10 self-identifying LGBTQ+ staff/administrators, one of color. YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Boston University School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View Comments4 full-time faculty; part-time is unknown6YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
California Western School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesNo View CommentsWe do not track LGBTQ+ faculty of color by sexual orientation. Faculty have the option to identify ethnicity when applying for a position. View CommentsWe do not track LGBTQ+ staff. Faculty have the option to identify ethnicity when applying for a position.YesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
Capital University Law SchoolYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsYes. Currently, Capital University Law School employs three full-time professors and four adjunct professors who are openly LGBTQ+. At this time, we do not employ any full time or adjunct faculty of color who are openly LGBTQ+. View Comments Yes. Currently, Capital University Law School employs three full-time administrators who are openly LGBTQ+. At this time, we do not employ any of color who are openly LGBTQ+. YesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Columbia Law SchoolYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsThe Law School does not collect or record this information. View CommentsThe Law School does not collect or record this information. YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Concordia University School of LawYesNoNoYesNoNoYesYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYes
Creighton University School of LawYesNoNoYesYesYesYes05YesNoNoNoYesYesNoNoYesYes
CUNY School of LawYesNoYesYesNoYesYes View Comments There are 11 out L, G, B, T, Q faculty members out of 51 employed at the law school, of whom 3 are faculty of color. View CommentsThere are 10 out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators out of 151 employed at the law school, of whom 2 are staff/administrators of color. YesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Drake University Law SchoolYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10YesNoYesNoYesN/AYesYesYesYes
Florida State University College of LawYesNoYesYesYesYesYes View Comments The law school is aware of two faculty who are out, one of whom is faculty of color. View CommentsThe law school is not aware of any current staff/administrators who are out, but has been supportive and inclusive of previous out employees. One incoming Associate Dean is out.YesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
George Washington University Law SchoolYesYesYesYesNoYesYes22YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Georgia State University College of LawYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNo
Golden Gate University School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes5YesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Gonzaga School of LawNoNoNoYesNoYesNo View Comments Gonzaga Law has no formal process for identifying or tracking LGBTQ+ status; there is one self-identifying LGBTQ+ faculty member. View CommentsGonzaga Law has no formal process for identifying or tracking LGBTQ+ status; there are two self-identifying LGBTQ+ staff/administrators.YesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Maurer School of Law, Indiana UniversityYesYesYesYesYesYesYes42YesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young UniversityYesNoNoYesNoYesYes View CommentsThe decision of a faculty member to publicly identify as LGBTQ+ is personal, and we do not collect or disseminate that information. View CommentsThe decision of a staff member or administrator to publicly identify as LGBTQ+ is personal, and we do not collect or disseminate that information.NoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNoYes
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of ArizonaNoYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsTwo full-time faculty members and two emeritus faculty members. 4YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
John Marshall Law SchoolYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsThe law school has at least three out LGBTQ full-time faculty members (two female and one male), including one female of color. View CommentsThe law school has at least six out LGBTQ staff members, including one of color. YesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State UniversityYesYesYesYesNoYesYes50YesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsLGBTQ+: 4 out of 31 faculty members View CommentsLGBTQ+: 3 out of 48 staff/administrators YesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Michigan State University College of LawNoYesYesYesNoYesYes53YesYesNoNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
Mitchell Hamline School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
New York University School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsWe do not track this information. View CommentsWe do not track this information. YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Northeastern University School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes6 (12% of the law faculty) View Comments9 (15% of law school administration)YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Notre Dame Law SchoolYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsThe Law School does not collect this information from faculty or staff and does not speculate on sexual orientation or identity. View CommentsThe Law School does not collect this information from faculty or staff and does not speculate on sexual orientation or identity. YesYesNoNoYesYesYesNoYesYes
Ohio State University School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsThree of them identify as such. UnknownYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Penn State LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes23YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
Penn State University, Dickinson LawYesNoYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsPenn State does not track the number of LGBTQ employees at the University. View CommentsPenn State does not track the number of LGBTQ employees at the University. YesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
Rutgers Law SchoolYesYesYesYesNoNoYes60YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of UtahNoYesNoYesNoYesYes View CommentsAmong full time faculty, 2 LGBTQ3YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNo
Santa Clara University School of LawNoNoYesYesNoYesYes10 full-time faculty4YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Seattle University School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesNo83YesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesNo
Seton Hall University School of LawYesYesNoNoNoYesYes View CommentsSHUL employs LGBTQ+ faculty, including faculty of color. We do not require identification or track numbers. View CommentsSHUL employs LGBTQ+ staff and administrators. We do not require identification or track numbers.YesNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
SMU Dedman School of LawYesYesNoYesNoYesYes12YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Southern Illinois University School of LawNoNoYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsThe University and the School of Law do not collect this information. View CommentsThe University and the School of Law do not collect this information.YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
Southern University Law CenterNoYesNoNoNoNoNoUnsureYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Southwestern Law SchoolYesYesYesYesYesYesYes8 View CommentsWe do not currently have this data/info.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
St. John’s University School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes33YesNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Stetson University College of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsTo our knowledge, three faculty are members of the LGBTQ+ community. View CommentsTo our knowlege, one administrator is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.YesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Syracuse University College of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsSyracuse University does not track these identifiers. At the College of Law, we have faculty who identify as L, G, B, T, Q, or other and are “out” but we don’t compile those numbers. View CommentsAs noted above, the University does not formally collect data on LGBTQ+ so it is not possible to report with any reliability this number. As with faculty, we do have LGBTQ+ staff and administrators in the College of Law but we don’t compile those numbers. YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes
University of Akron School of LawYesNoNoYesNoYesYes11YesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
University of Alabama, Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of LawYesYesNoYesYesYesYes View CommentsThe Law School does not collect information regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of our employees. View CommentsThe Law School does not collect information regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of our employees.YesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
University of Iowa College of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes11YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
University of Mississippi School of LawNoNoYesYesYesNoNo View CommentsTo our knowledge, we have a few LGBTQ faculty and staff, but the law school does not have a formal process for self-identification. View CommentsTo our knowledge, we have a few LGBTQ faculty and staff, but the law school does not have a formal process for self-identification. NoNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNo
UA Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes42YesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
UC Davis School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes40YesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
UC Irvine School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View Comments1 - NOTE: Our survey to our faculty/staff didn't ask to specify LGBTQ+ View Comments2 - NOTE: Our survey to our faculty/staff didn't ask to specify LGBTQ+YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
UCLA School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsUCLA Law does not track this information. However, the OUTLaw student organization has an “OUTList” of faculty and administrators that have provided their contact information to our UCLA Law OUTLaw group, so that students can get in contact with them. The list is accessible to students through the UCLA Law intranet. Currently there are 14 faculty members listed and 9 administrators. View CommentsUCLA Law does not track this information. However, the OUTLaw student organization has an “OUTList” of faculty and administrators that have provided their contact information to our UCLA Law OUTLaw group, so that students can get in contact with them. The list is accessible to students through the UCLA Law intranet. Currently there are 14 faculty members listed and 9 administrators.YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
University at Buffalo School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes View CommentsThere are two out LGBTQ+ faculty members at our law school, one is a person of color. View CommentsThere are two out LGBTQ+ administrators at our law school. YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawNoNoYesNoNoYesYes40YesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
University of Florida Levin College of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes64YesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
University of Idaho College of LawYesYesNoYesNoNoYes12NoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
University of Kansas School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsOne - Our most recent faculty hire self-identifies as LGBTQ. View CommentsThree out of a total of 21 staff and administrators identify as LGBTQ+. YesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
University of Louisville Brandeis School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes6YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
University of New Mexico School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes60YesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
University of Oklahoma College of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View Comments While we have faculty who identify as LGBTQ+, the precise number of faculty who are “out” is not formally solicited or tracked. The law school understands the intentionality behind decisions about when, where, and how to make this aspect of their identity known to others. That said, we have LGBTQ faculty that have served as both informal and formal sources of support for students within the law school community. View CommentsWhile we have staff who identify as LGBTQ+, the precise number of staff who are “out” is not formally solicited or tracked. The law school understands the intentionality behind decisions about when, where, and how to make this aspect of their identity known to others. That said, we have LGBTQ staff that have served as both informal and formal sources of support for students within the law school community.YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
University of Oregon School of LawYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsWhile we have faculty who identify as LGBTQ+, the precise number of faculty who are “out” is not formally solicited or tracked. The law school understands the intentionality behind decisions about when, where, and how to make this aspect of their identity known to others. That said, we have LGBTQ faculty that have served as both informal and formal sources of support for students within the law school community. View CommentsSimilar to our faculty members, we have staff who identify as LGBTQ but the precise number who are “out” is not formally solicited or tracked. The law school understands the intentionality behind decisions about when, where, and how to make this aspect of their identity known to others. That said, we have LGBTQ staff that serve as both informal and formal sources of support for students within the law school community. YesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
University of Pittsburgh School of LawNoNoYesYesNoYesNo32YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYes
USC Gould School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Vanderbilt Law SchoolYesYesYesYesNoYesYes View CommentsCurrently, 6.3% (3 out of 48) of the full-time faculty are out LGBTQ+; of which, 2 are of color. View CommentsCurrently, 2.9% (2 out of 70) of the staff/administrators are out LGBTQ+; none are of color.YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Washburn University School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes01YesYesYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
Western New England University School of LawYesYesYesYesYesYesYes41YesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
Widener University Commonwealth Law SchoolNoYesNoYesNoYesYes01YesNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Marshall–Wythe School of Law, The College of William & MaryYesYesYesYesYesNoYes View CommentsWe do not collect this information. View CommentsWe do not collect this information.YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes