Our admissions team seeks to recruit and enroll students who enrich the diversity of our institution across a variety of factors.
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The Law School’s admission application asks students to report their preferred first name as well as their full name. The Law School has an online student directory that allows enrolled students to record videos and their full names, their preferred first names, and their preferred forms of address in more formal settings. Students may also update their preferred names and gender markers on file with the University, and they may update their preferred name in Law School computing systems.
The Law School is committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff. Faculty and staff positions are advertised widely, including the University’s human resources website and the Law School’s website; postings may appear in places such as the AALS faculty recruiting bulletin, the Chronicle for Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Indeed, LinkedIn, and/or with publications maintained by affinity group organizations. We aim to have diverse search committees, and hiring officials and search committee members must complete equity training.
Aetna Clinical Policy Bulletin- Clinical criteria for Infertility
Infertility benefits- UVA Health Plan Summary Plan Description https://hr.virginia.edu/sites/default/files/IMPACT%20COE/Benefits/UVA-Health-Plan-SPD-071020a-FINAL-clickable.pdf
Aetna Clinical Policy Bulletin- Clinical Criteria for Gender Affirming Surgery https://www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/600_699/0615.html
Reassignment Surgery- UVA Health Plan Summary Plan Description https://hr.virginia.edu/sites/default/files/IMPACT%20COE/Benefits/UVA-Health-Plan-SPD-071020a-FINAL-clickable.pdf
Law students are eligible to enroll in the University’s student health plan, but may also elect to have health insurance through other providers. Information on the University’s student health plan, including information for adding a spouse or dependents, is available here: https://www.studenthealth.virginia.edu/aetna-student-health-plan.
Law students may seek care at the University Student Health and Wellness (SHW) center. SHW offers a range of medical and counseling services to students and has multidisciplinary treatment teams, including one for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse students.
SHW offers reproductive health services to all students, including those who are transgender and gender diverse. These services include, but are not limited to, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, contraception, examinations of reproductive organs for prevention or active issues, and breast or chest exams. SHW is committed to removing barriers to care for LGBTQ+ patients, and they encourage LBGTQ+ students to access their services.
SHW follows the:
• UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health Guidelines
• World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care, and
• Endocrine Society Guidelines
Students contemplating medical transition can meet with providers to discuss resources, obtain education and resources about the transition process, and participate in counseling and support meetings. If needed, providers can help coordinate referrals, as well as provide assistance with insurance questions. Medical providers are also able to address management of hormone therapy and medications.
More information on SHW is available here: https://www.studenthealth.virginia.edu/
More information on SWH’s services and resources for LGTBQ students is available here: https://www.studenthealth.virginia.edu/lgbtq
More information on SHW’s services and resources for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse students is available here: https://www.studenthealth.virginia.edu/transgender-services
Healthcare benefits for partners/spouses of students depend upon the health insurance plan in which the partner/spouse is enrolled. SHW services are available only to students.
The Law School has an arrangement with SHW to employ a licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to helping law students. She also holds a J.D. and is a licensed attorney who practiced for eight years before becoming a psychologist. Her office is housed primarily at the Law School for ease of access. She is available for consultation for students, for faculty and staff consultations (for concerns about students), assessments, brief individual therapy, referrals, and outreach activities. She is also a confidential employee under Title IX.
The Law School has single occupancy restrooms that are accessible to students. The restrooms are designated as such with exterior signage; they are also separately noted on our building map.
The University maintains a map of single-stall and gender-neutral bathroom at the University and in nearby community areas frequented by students.
A searchable list of current courses is available here: https://www.law.virginia.edu/courses/advanced-search
A list of courses, by concentration, offered in current and past two academic years is available here: https://www.law.virginia.edu/academics/concentrations
Co-curricular offerings: Before the pandemic, the Law School hosted community name change and gender marker clinics in which area attorneys and UVA law students helped clients with name change applications, petitions for gender marker changes, birth certificate corrections, etc. and related legal questions. Law students who volunteered their time could count their hours as pro bono for purposes of the Law School’s Pro Bono Challenge.
UVA Law has provided funding for students to attend the LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law Annual Conference and Career Fair.
Policy on Sexual and Gender-based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence (“Title IX policy”): https://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-041
Policy on Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment policy (“PADH”): http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-009
Policy on Preventing and Addressing Retaliation policy (“PAR”):
University faculty and staff must complete Title IX training and Preventing and Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation training every two years.
Implicit bias training is incorporated into new student orientation every year. University faculty and staff must complete Title IX training and Preventing and Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation training every two years. Hiring officials and search committee members must complete employment equity training.
The Law School works hard to be a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff. The Law School has recently hired an Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. Our Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Committee aims to provide all members of our community with an opportunity to succeed, to sustain a diverse community, and to cultivate a sense of belonging. To achieve these goals and create culturally competent citizens and lawyers, the committee works to remove barriers to participation, provide academic and professional support, and encourage the inclusion of relevant course offerings. For more information, see https://www.law.virginia.edu/diversity.