UCLA Program to Prepare Lawyers to Address LGBT Issues

By Chris Hassan
Posted December 03, 2012 11:00 AM

New graduate program to address LGBT legal issues.
New graduate program to address LGBT legal issues.
This past Election Day, voters in Maine and Maryland came out in support of same-sex marriage, choosing to join other states that already allow gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot, such as Massachusetts and New York. However, much of the country is still divided on the issue of same-sex marriage, with states like Alabama and Michigan going so far as to ban it.

As laws concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community not only differ from one state to another, but continue to evolve, the need for legal professionals who possess knowledge in this area will only rise. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law recognizes this and plans to launch a new Master of Laws specialization in law and sexuality in the fall 2013, according to a press release.

"Similar courses and education programs on law and sexuality remain rare in many regions of the country and world," said 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 program will provide young lawyers with the tools they need to engage in this dynamic and rapidly changing area of the law."

The first of its kind in the country, the master's degree program is designed to provide legal training in areas related to sexual orientation, gender identity law and other issues facing members of the LGBT community.

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