In November of 2019, 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 second annual Law School Campus 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 (unless overall University policy guides law school policy).
As a companion to this survey, the National LGBT Bar Association has created a Best Practices Guide as a resource to assist law schools in their efforts to foster a safe, welcoming community free from discrimination. In addition, in 2019 the National LGBT Bar launched a consulting and training program, Lavender Law 365™, that is designed specifically to enable the implementation of best practice standards for LGBTQ+ equity across law schools, law firms and companies. Please visit the Lavender Law 365™ page to learn more.
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 May 15, 2020. If you are affiliated with an ABA-accredited law school and believe that our information is out-of-date, please contact Chief Program Officer Judi O’Kelley with an updated link to your law school’s non-discrimination policy.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 87 law schools that responded to this survey.
The grid below highlights many of the questions and answers that the 87 responding schools answered in our full survey, based upon the schools’ 2019-2020 school year policies and data. The survey consisted of 28 questions, many of which had sub-parts. Based on the schools’ responses to the original questions, they were not always asked to answer the sub-parts. In such cases, the fields have been left empty. However, a field that says “Answer left blank” indicates that the school was asked for that information but chose not to answer.
Please click on each individual school’s name for more detailed answers and information.
(Note on the Executive Summary: At the date we went public with our data, 82 schools had completed the survey. Since then, we have had five more schools respond. As such, the data in the Executive Summary reflects the original 82 participating schools.)