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An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students

Journal of Legal Education, Volume 58, Number 2 (June 2008)

Pacific McGeorge School of Law Research Paper

31 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2012  

Kelly Strader

Southwestern Law School

Brietta R. Clark

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Robin Ingli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. Elizabeth Kransberger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lawrence C. Levine

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law; New York Law School

William D. Perez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

Nationwide empirical research has assessed the law school climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students. The research shows that the climate for GBLT students at most law schools in the United States, particularly those in urban areas, has improved. The research also shows, however, that this group still encounters substantial discrimination on law school campuses and in law school class¬rooms. This discrimination may result from overt acts, thoughtlessness, and/or neglect on the part of various actors in law school communities. Whatever the cause, the result is that many GLBT students feel disenfranchised from their broader law school communities. Nowhere is this result more telling than in stories of students who do not feel safe “coming out” on law school campuses and, in particular, in the stories of students who go back into the closet in law school. This article addresses the complex and sometimes sub¬tle discrimination faced by GLBT students, and provides proposals for law schools to address this discrimination.

Keywords: Gay rights, sexual orientation, legal education, discrimination

Suggested Citation

Strader, Kelly and Clark, Brietta R. and Ingli, Robin and Kransberger, M. Elizabeth and Levine, Lawrence C. and Perez, William D., An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students (June 1, 2008). Journal of Legal Education, Volume 58, Number 2 (June 2008); Pacific McGeorge School of Law Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2113674

Kelly Strader (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States
213-738-6753 (Phone)
213-738-6698 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.swlaw.edu

Brietta R. Clark

Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )

919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1211
United States
213-736-1494 (Phone)
213-736-3769 (Fax)

Robin Ingli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. Elizabeth Kransberger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lawrence C. Levine

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
United States

New York Law School ( email )

185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States

William D. Perez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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