Future JD Students

Resources for Your Law School Search

ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools

This searchable guide, updated annually by LSAC and the law schools, contains descriptions and data about all ABA-approved law schools. It is available online or in print. Most undergraduate prelaw advising offices have a copy.

The Climate in Law Schools for GLBT Persons: Results from a Survey of Law Students

This report provides insightful data about how LGBT students choose a law school and about their law school experiences.

Association for Legal Career Professionals—LGBT

The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) was organized to facilitate career planning of law students and to promote the exchange of information and cooperation between law schools and employers. NALP offers a number of resources for law students and for LGBT students in particular.

Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference

This is an annual national career fair attended by self-identified LGBT law students and over 150 recruiting law firms, LGBT advocacy groups, and corporations. It is a three-day event, with one day devoted to the career fair. Dozens of panels, symposia, and courses are held on the other two days to discuss cutting-edge litigation and legislative issues. The event is held in a different city each year, usually in the fall. Some law schools will pay for students to go to this conference as part of their ameliorative efforts for allowing military recruiting on campus.

Local LGBT Bar Associations

Many states and cities have LGBT bar associations whose mission is to provide a strong presence of LGBT persons in the legal profession and in the community. These organizations often sponsor events that facilitate education, legal advocacy, and civic participation relating to LGBT issues. They also hold social networking and career-planning events for LGBT students and legal professionals.

To find out if there is a local LGBT bar association in the area where you plan to attend law school, check the LGBT Contact List under LGBT Resources on the NALP website, go to the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association at www.nlgla.org/affiliates.html and check the local affiliates list, or search the web for LGBT bar associations.

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