Our admissions application has an optional question that asks applicants whether they identify as LGBTQ+.
CWSL’s Human Resources Department (“HR”) promotes diversity by posting job ads on various websites/listserves including those administered by diversity groups. There is no standard (across the board) practice, as each recruitment is different. Hiring managers may write specific diversity statements.
HR allows for voluntary self-ID in regards to race/ethnicity, gender, disability status, and veteran status. We do not collect data on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Medical services are covered as long as they are medically necessary. Parental leave (PFL) is applied equally to all employees. CWSL does not have a policy that restricts receipt of medical services, however, to determine eligibility for our plan, the beneficiary must be a full-time employee or a dependent (child, spouse, or domestic partner (Pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code section 152))
Benefits are offered via employee health coverage. “Transgender Services Benefits are provided for services and supplies in connection with Gender Transition when a Physician has diagnosed you with Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria. This coverage is provided according to the terms and conditions of this Booklet that apply to all other medical conditions, including Medical Necessity requirements, utilization management, and exclusions for Cosmetic Services. Coverage includes, but is not limited to, Medically Necessary services related to Gender Transition such as transgender surgery, hormone therapy, psychotherapy, and vocal training. Coverage is provided for specific services according to benefits under this Booklet that apply to that type of service generally, if the Plan includes coverage for the service in question. If a specific coverage is not included, the service will not be covered. For example, transgender surgery would be covered on the same basis as any other covered, Medically Necessary surgery; hormone therapy would be covered under this Booklet’s Prescription Drug benefits. Some services are subject to prior authorization in order for coverage to be provided.”
CWSL will pay for three off-campus, counseling or therapist visits per semester from a list of authorized providers.
California Western is comprised of three building: 225 Cedar Street, 290 Cedar Street and 350 Cedar Street. All-Gender restroom locations on campus are located in all campus buildings as follows:
225 Cedar Street: Two (2) single stall restrooms, 1st floor, (just off the courtyard between the ELC and main building entry)
290 Cedar Street: Two all gender (2) restrooms, 1st and 3rd floors
350 Cedar Street: Three single stall (3) restrooms, Lower Level and 3rd floor
All-Gender restrooms are identified by signage reading ALL GENDER, and a triangle-within-a-circle sign:
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The following email is sent to the law school community at the beginning of each trimester.
Subject: Campus restroom facilities – for your information
California Western School of Law’s campus buildings provide restroom facilities on every floor of every campus building. The following information is of additional note:
· Gender-neutral restrooms are available:
o 225 Cedar Street on the 1st floor just west of the Experiential Learning Center
o 290 Cedar Street library on 1st and 3rd floors
o 350 Cedar Street on the 3rd floor near the Auditorium
o 350 Cedar Street in the lower level
· Diaper-changing stations are available:
o 290 Cedar Street in all restrooms on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
o 350 Cedar Street on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors.
For nursing mother lactation facilities please contact Student & Diversity Services (students) or Human Resources (employees).
Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law
Gender, Power, Law and Leadership
All student organizations receive funding from a required student activity fee that is administered by the Student Bar Association.
PRIDE Law members have traveled to conferences using funds provided by the Student Bar Association which is funded by an activity fee to all students.
Yes, mandatory for all students
CWSL supports its LGBTQ+ students in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
Supporting PRIDE Law Student Organization’s marking of Transgender Remembrance Day. Since 2018, California Western School of Law and its Student & Diversity Services Office partnered with PRIDE to mark Transgender Remembrance Day with a somber event in which transgender members of the CWSL community and larger San Diego Community could mark the event.
CWSL supports PRIDE and the larger community in celebrating PRIDE weekend by attending PRIDE weekend related events.
Although CWSL has not provided funding including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and/or career services opportunities, such funds may be available should students apply for them. The Student Bar Association administers a Student Conference fund which allows students to apply for funds to attend conferences. Should students request funds to participate in LGBTQ+ focused learning, their applications would be considered.
CWSL will pay for students to attend three individual counseling session per trimester. The therapists are private vendors licensed by the state of California. CWSL has sought to ensure that the therapists who contract with CWSL are diverse and reflective of the CWSL community.
CWSL supports the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association by sponsoring its Annual Dinner.