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UCLA Law introduces nation's first master's program in law and sexuality

Already recognized as a leader in sexual identity and gender orientation law, the UCLA School of Law has now launched a master's specialization in law and sexuality — the first program of its kind in the U.S.
"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," said Lara Stemple, the school's director of graduate studies.
In addition to offering rigorous legal training in the field, the new master of laws (LL.M.)program will enhance the breadth and depth of legal scholarship related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, building on the work of the school's faculty and its internationally recognized Williams Institute, a think tank dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.
Complementing the program's coursework and workshops, students will have the opportunity to work closely with Williams Institute faculty and scholars and participate in a range of the institute's activities, including its speaker series and annual conference, its moot court competition, and its Dukeminier Awards Journal.
"They will greatly enhance our work," said the institute's executive director, Brad Sears, UCLA Law's Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law and Policy.
The program, which is open to both U.S. and foreign-trained lawyers, is now accepting applications. For more information, visit
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