As part of our institutional mission to recruit and enroll applicants from marginalized and underrepresented populations, members of the LGBTQ+ community are included in these efforts.
As part of our recruitment efforts, student affinity groups provide individual outreach to admitted students of color, LGBTQ+ community, and members of other marginalized groups. These student groups participate in Orientation events throughout the summer. Our Associate Dean for Student Services works with law student groups and other campus organizations to promote available services for these specific student groups. Included in this effort are faculty members who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The “gender” question in the application includes the following choices: Female; Genderqueer/Gender non-conforming; Male; Trans female/Trans woman; Trans male/Trans man. Applicant has the option to leave this question blank.
The following question is in included in the application:
“The faculty recognizes that having a diverse student body with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments enriches the intellectual experience for the entire law school community. If you wish to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, please indicate below. (Yes/No answer)”
In addition, LGBTQ+ applicants my select to be included in the Minority Student Program.
If they choose, applicants may include their “preferred name” in the application. They do not have to choose a prefix. Mx. Is included in prefix options. The university also has a system whereby enrolled students can use their preferred name on their university records.
No Institutional aid is specifically earmarked for LGBTQ+ students, but we actively promote outside scholarship resources to the student body.
Yes. Our ads indicate that we are eager to hire individuals who are LGBTQ+ and we work to identify such people in any pool to ensure that we build a strong collection of candidates. We also share our ads on listservs for various affinity groups as a way to cast a wider net.
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There are 3 gender neutral bathrooms in the law school building and they are identified on building maps and online resources. These bathrooms are identified as “Gender Neutral” with an image of a commode.
The following signs will be placed on gender-segregated restrooms in mid-2021: “Diversity is Welcome Here. All are encouraged to use the restroom that best fits their gender identity.”
Sexuality, Gender Identity & Law
We have provided funding for students to attend the Lavender Law Career Fair within the last past three years.
Yes, optional for all students
The Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy (CGSLP) facilitates interdisciplinary and publicly-engaged research, curricular, and programming initiatives in furtherance of gender- and sexuality-based equity in law and policy. CGSLP seeks specifically to examine questions of social inequality from multi-disciplinary and intersectional standpoints, attending to the complex ways in which gender and sexuality interact with a range of social dimensions. A description of the center and its important work can be found here: https://cgslp.rutgers.edu/.
Several of our faculty have signs outside of their offices indicating that they provide a safe space for students who identify as LGBTQ+.
We regularly host events, typically panels, where students can interact with and learn from attorneys who are LGBTQ+ and/or working on issues critical to that community. In the last year, our OUTLaws chapter held a reception for alums and current students and the plan is to continue offering such an event annually.