While most issues important to an LGBTQ+ prospective law student are similar to those of any other potential student, we understand that there are particular concerns that an LGBTQIA student may have - such as finding a safe, inclusive, and progressive environment - that may be less of a challenge to other students.
As you consider what school you want to make your home for the next three years, we are happy to answer any LGBTQ-related questions and any general questions you may have about UNC Law and being out in the community. Chapel Hill and Carrboro, where many students live, are visibly welcoming, progressive communities. Just in the past year, Carrboro has installed a permanent rainbow crosswalk and Chapel Hill constructed a monument honoring Joe Herzenberg, who became the first openly gay elected official in the South when he was elected to Chapel Hill's town council in 1979. Our current president and president emerita, Emma Ferriola-Bruckenstein, are both Chapel Hill natives. We hope the following frequently asked questions will help you as you make your decision.
How does the UNC community regard LGBTQ+ students?
The UNC Law admissions office seeks to create an inclusive, diverse, welcoming community. The school accepts a proportional number of LGBT students. Our students have found UNC Law and the surrounding community welcoming, affirming environments.
Are there openly LGBTQ+ members of the UNC faculty and staff?
Yes, many. The UNC community is diverse with a broad variety of LGBTQ+ staff and faculty.
Are there gender non-specific bathrooms at the law school?
There are gender non-specific bathrooms at the law school. For full information about gender non-specific bathrooms on campus, see this link.
What if I don't want to be out in law school?
Lambda Law fully supports each student doing what is best for them. We are here for you as support and a resource no matter what decision you make!
Please reach out to us with any questions you have during your application and decision process. Although we have no impact on admission decisions, we are happy to read applications, provide moral support, and answer any questions.
If you have plans to visit UNC Law, please let us know. We would love to arrange coffee or a meal with a Lambda officer or member to discuss our experiences at UNC and any questions you may have. Please contact our current president, Tanner Caplan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information about LGBTQ+ life on campus, see UNC-Chapel Hill's LBGT Center page.