GLBT Curriculum

The Washington College of Law (WCL) is the result of a vision of two remarkable women, Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett, who in 1896 established a coeducational school to ensure that women, as well as men, had the opportunity to study law. This extraordinary history has formed the foundation for the law school's long commitment to increasing opportunities for those who traditionally have not been in the mainstream of the legal profession.


In keeping with the institution's founding, WCL offers a number of progressive courses that examine contemporary issues affecting the GLBT community. These course include:

LAW-827 Seminar: Sexual Orientation and the Law (3 hrs.) Analyzes the law as it relates to lesbians and gay men by discussing definitions of sexual orientation and how sexual orientation is viewed in a social context. Students focus on lesbian and gay political activism; privacy issues; censorship; and discrimination in the workplace, schools, and military. Family issues-recognition of lesbian and gay couple relations, child custody and parenting, and constitutional and statutory issues-will also be explored.

LAW-832 Seminar: AIDS and the Law (2-3 hrs.) Examines the AIDS epidemic and the body of law that has developed in connection with it. Considers the medical and epidemiological aspects of AIDS and, to some extent, tuberculosis, as well as the law itself.