UCLA School of Law Launches LL.M. Specialization in Law and Sexuality

For Immediate Release
November 27, 2012

Contact: Lauri Gavel, Executive Director of Communications, UCLA School of Law, (310) 206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu

LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA School of Law has launched an LL.M. specialization in law and sexuality—the first specialization of its kind in the nation. The new specialty will provide rigorous training to emerging lawyers and scholars working in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law, while enhancing the breadth and depth of legal scholarship related to LGBT issues.

“Similar courses and education programs on law and sexuality remain rare in many regions of the country and world,” says Lara Stemple, director of graduate studies at UCLA School of Law. “As law and policy on LGBT issues continue to unfold in our courts and legislatures, this LL.M. specialization will provide young lawyers with the tools they need to engage in this dynamic and rapidly changing area of the law.”

Already a leader in the field, UCLA Law’s LL.M. in Law and Sexuality will build on the prior work of its faculty and internationally-recognized Williams Institute, a think tank at the law school dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

“With recent projects in Latin America, Africa, the Balkans and South Asia, the Williams Institutes’ work is increasing international,” says Brad Sears, Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law and Policy and executive director of the Williams Institute.  “Students in the new LL.M. specialization will gain experience and exposure by working with the Institute and they will greatly enhance our work.”

The LL.M. in Law and Sexuality will include coursework on comparative and/or international law, focused on sexuality issues, including a course on Law and Sexuality and a Sexual Orientation Workshop. Students will also have the opportunity to take classes offered by faculty members and scholars associated with the Williams Institute, as well as participate in a range of Williams Institute activities, such as its speaker series and annual conference, moot court competition and Dukeminier Awards journal.

The LL.M. program in Law and Sexuality, which is open to both U.S. and foreign-trained lawyers who have a J.D. or equivalent law degree, is now accepting applications.

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Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 1,100 students, the school pioneered clinical teaching, is a leader in interdisciplinary research and training and is at the forefront of efforts to link research to its effects on society and the legal profession.