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

  • Constitutional Law

  • Criminal Law

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Family Law

  • Gender and Criminal Justice

  • Jurisprudence Seminar

  • Sports Law & Culture

Full Inclusion

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.

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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.

LGBT Law Faculty

Read more about LGBT Life at Western New England University School of Law

Check out the Western New England University OUTlaw blog

Law School Admissions Council Information for LGBT Applicants