Gender Studies Student Orgs / Journals

  • Our mission is to provide a voice for pro-choice law students and a dialogue on reproductive rights issues within the UCLA Law community.
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  • Our mission is to bring awareness to issues and challenges facing female law students and lawyers, and to prepare law students to meet these challenges. Through both substantive, professional and social events, Law Women of UCLA focuses on the needs of women at UCLA Law and female lawyers in Los Angeles.

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  • OUTLaw provides a supportive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students and connects them with the larger legal community. The organization also hosts speakers and workshops to educate the law school on LBGT issues. OUTLaw further seeks to collaborate with other student groups to highlight intersectionalities and bring communities together. This past year, OUTLaw cosponsored events on the same-sex marriage debate, organized a training entitled "How to Be an Ally," held a fundraiser for a local center serving homeless LGBT youth, and hosted numerous social and networking events. OUTLaw encourages all LGBT students and allies to join us!

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  • The Dukeminier Awards acknowledge the best law review articles published on sexual orientation and gender identity law issues each year. The goals of the prizes are to encourage scholars to begin or continue writing about sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy; provide valuable recognition and support for scholars, law students and lawyers who write in this area; and provide easy access to each year’s best scholarly materials for those outside of legal academia, including lawyers, judges, other legal actors and policymakers. Each year, scholars, lawyers, judges and law students throughout the United States publish hundreds of articles concerning various aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity law.

    The Williams Institute and the UCLA School of Law students who staff the Journal have initiated The Dukeminier Awards to acknowledge and distribute the best of these articles. Closer to home, The Dukeminier Awards provide a unique educational experience for UCLA law students. In addition to a basic sexual orientation law course, UCLA Law offers an annual seminar on Legal Scholarship on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The students in this seminar, under the leadership of Williams faculty, analyze and discuss the best scholarship in the field in order to select each year’s Award-winning articles.

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  • The UCLA Women's Law Journal is an academic legal journal that uses the power of language to educate people and make women's voices heard. We seek to do so by focusing not only on the common struggles of women, but also on diversity as a strength in feminist legal scholarship. Through diversity, we seek to represent the reality of all women's lives and experiences, without separating voices into exclusionary categories.The WLJ was one of the first journals in the country to address issues of gender, race and sexual orientation. The Journal remains one of the top journals in the field, with hundreds of subscribers around the world. The WLJ is an entirely student-run law journal. We publish works by professors, practitioners and students from around the world, who represent all sides of the legal, political, religious and cultural spectrum. The Journal is published twice a year and is available on Lexis and Westlaw.

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  • We are dedicated to creating a safe space and a community within the UCLA School of Law where the unique experiences, opinions, challenges and successes of womyn and womyn of color are shared, discussed and developed. We are a collective of individuals who identify as womyn, womyn of color or allies. We are open to all people ready to engage in an open and honest dialogue about race, gender and the law. Our mission is to promote the empowerment, inspiration, and personal and professional development of womyn and people of color in the legal field.​

    We begin from the perspective that the institution of law does not understand, acknowledge or make room for the experiences, opinions and world views of womyn and people of color. The institution of law further actively defines what it means to be a womyn and a person of color in a way that does violence to those identities. We seek to re-frame what it means to be a womyn and a person of color both from within and outside of the law. We begin from the perspective that the UCLA School of Law, as an institution reflective of the greater legal field, fails to create an environment where the political and social identities of womyn and people of color are acknowledged, appreciated or encouraged. We seek to create that environment.

    *We spell "womyn" with a "y" as opposed to the common way of spelling it with an "a" ("woman") because we want to assert ourselves and our views as womyn, consciously rejecting the patriarchal norms that permeate the legal field and society in general.

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