UCLA starts master’s program in law on gender and sexuality

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UCLA’s law school will start a master’s degree program next fall specializing in issues of sexuality, gender identity and gay and lesbian rights, officials announced. The new degree program was described as the first of its kind in the nation.

The nine-month master’s program in “law and sexuality” will build on work of the Williams Institute, a law school think tank already devoted to those topics, according to Lara Stemple, director of graduate studies at the school. She said she expects the new classes will have an international focus both in the students enrolled and in studying such issues as anti-gay violence and gay marriage worldwide.


The degree “will provide young lawyers with the tools they need to engage in this dynamic and rapidly changing area of the law,” Stemple said.

Potential students must first earn a law degree in the United States or elsewhere. The program will start out small, with three to five students, and tuition, while not set yet, is expected to be about $54,000. For more information, go to the website: or call (310) 206-3947.


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