We seek out students through our admissions and recruitment efforts as well as partnering with our affinity groups including Penn Carey Law LAMBDA.
The Admissions Office forwards a welcome letter from LAMBDA to all admits who self-identify as LGBTQ+.
Our students have the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ and to provide preferred name and personal pronouns on our application for admission.
We do not offer scholarships specifically for or limited to LGBTQ+ students. We do offer both merit and need-based aid.
We seek talented faculty, students and staff who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status.
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Assisted reproductive benefits are offered without the need for extended traditional attempts at pregnancy but qualify for these benefits at Penn Medicine only, and it is per couple, or individual, but we have a $30,000 lifetime limit per person/family. Care techniques such as mammograms, prostate exams, hysterectomies, etc. are available to employees of all genders, but for trans participants they need to have a provider or self-identify that they need a specific test that is based upon the birth gender and not consistent with the reported gender.
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Penn’s LGBT Health Working Group oversees planning and protocols specific to the needs of LGBTQ and transgender patients at Student Health Services (SHS). Penn’s Working Group has special expertise in the area of LGBTQ health, but all SHS staff are given essential training on LGBTQ inclusive care.
Signage indicates “gender neutral” and/or “all gender.” All-gender restrooms are identified in building maps, including the map on our website. There are 9 all-gender restrooms in the law school complex. All of these 9 are ADA accessible.
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Anatomy of a Divorce Antidiscrimination; Law Employment Discrimination; Discrimination in Education; Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession; Family Law; History of Privacy and the Law; Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law & the Family; Law & Inequality; Law Reform Litigation; Legal Profession: Critical Perspectives in Law; Reproductive Rights & Justice; Workplace Equality: Gender, Law & Social Sciences
We provide funding to support students in LGBTQ+ focused learning and/or professional development. For example, we provide funding for the annual Penn Law Lambda conference, which this year focused on LGBTQ+ issues relating to the pandemic. We also offer support for numerous ad hoc and community-building events for our Lambda group throughout the year. Lambda initiatives bolster student life generally. They include exam outlining panels, and academic prep sessions. Moreover, with Law School funding, our Lambda student group serves as a key affinity group on campus. In 2020-21, for example, the group utilized virtual mentorship programs, online gatherings, and more to help build community despite our predominantly virtual presence. In 21-22, much of our administrative support went toward programming such as a Lambda panel on Queer Electability and a Symposium examining issues relating to LGBTQ+ families. Additionally, each year, the Law School also supports student travel to the annual Williams Moot Court Competition in Los Angeles – a lawyering competition that focuses on issues of import to the LGBTQ+ community. Typically, around a half dozen of our students compete at the Williams Moot Court every year. Our Office of Career Strategy provides counseling support to Lambda by designating a career office liaison to every student affinity group. We support career services panel discussions sponsored by Lambda, and offer programs to all students, including members of the LGBTQ community, on diversity fellowships and navigating inappropriate interview questions.
The Office of Equity & Inclusion provides educational training programs and workshops on various issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we also offer information and resources to various departments and groups that seek to provide such training to their teams or members. Since our inaugural year in 2019, we have offered programming on implicit bias, allyship, and identity. We have also launched a Law & Inequality series that focuses on particular topics like disability and gender. We plan to expand our training programs continue to provide anti-racism and LGBTQ programming at least every three years.
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The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School values inclusion and engagement across difference as integral to preparing our graduates for legal practice in a diverse and complex world. Diversity is key to the strength of our community, and it is vital to the excellence of our educational outcomes. We are committed to building effective infrastructure and sustained dialogue between students, alumni, and all parts of our university staff. The hallmark of our law school is how personal and connected our community is. Our Lambda student group has long been well-connected with faculty, staff, and alumni who form a robust network of resources and support for LGBTQ+ members of our community. However, we do not take this community for granted. We recognize there is more work to do. When our Office of Equity & Inclusion was established, three appointments were made to spearhead our initiatives and comprise E&I: a Deputy Dean for Alumni Engagement & Inclusion, an Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion and a Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. As the needs of our institution evolve, we are reexamining our staffing structures so that we can fully meet our charge of nurturing a more inclusive community for and with staff, students, alumni, and faculty at Penn Law. E&I provides funding and support for events and initiatives that are designed to cultivate equity and belonging among members of historically underrepresented communities and collaborates across the law school, university, and community, as well as with industry experts to help all members of our community learn and grow.