A Welcoming Academic Community
LGBT Life and Studies in Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity at Western New England University
Known for progressive thought and a dedication to public interest initiatives, Western New England University School of Law provides a caring learning environment in which to pursue a legal education. The School of Law earned a perfect score on the LSAC questions regarding LGBT-friendly environment. Western New England University has an active LGBT community on campus including a LGBT student organization (OUTlaw), openly LGBT faculty and administrators, courses that focus on LGBT-related topics, and domestic partner benefits, along with one of the first law school nondiscrimination policies nationwide to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The School of Law offers an inclusive atmosphere where all students are encouraged to express their ideas and engage in the law school community. When pursuing such a rigorous academic endeavor, students welcome the sense of community and belonging and thrive in the supportive atmosphere.”
-Michael Johnson, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
LGBT-Related Curricular Offerings
The School of Law offers courses on LGBT-specific issues, and faculty address LGBT-related issues in numerous classes, including:
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law
Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples
Critical Race Theory
Gender and Criminal Justice
Sports Law & Culture
The LGBT members of our student body are active in all aspects of student life at the School of Law. They write for the Western New England University Law Review, govern on the Student Bar Association, hold leadership roles in many clubs and organizations, argue on inter-law school moot court teams, and participate in national legal conferences, like Lavender Law.
The Pioneer Valley
The School of Law is located in Springfield, named one of America's Gayest Cities by the Advocate magazine in 2010. It is also a 30-minute drive from Northampton, MA, the city with the largest proportion of lesbian residents in the nation and a vibrant and visible transgender community. Downtown Northampton offers restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, shopping, nightlife, and musical venues. Hartford, the capital and economic hub of Connecticut, is a half hour to the south.
Our location on the Massachusetts-Connecticut border allows members of our community and their families to live and work in two states that recognize same-sex marriage. Boston, New York City, world-class skiing, and majestic beaches are all within a comfortable driving distance as well.