Sexuality and the Law

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 7/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1540-1740
  • WB114
09/01/2022 12/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This seminar explores the role of the law in shaping the social meaning of heterosexuality and of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities in a number of contexts, including employment, education, sexual expression, family relationships, and the military. There is an emphasis on constitutional doctrines, including equal protection, due process/privacy, and freedom of speech and association, as well as activism. Discussion will usually be led by real plaintiffs and advocates in the space.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to draft and raise three questions for the guest speakers, followed by drafting an “answer” to the question based on the class and speaker's response. Students will also be required to write a final paper (details to be announced). The final paper will be due via EXPO during the finals period (deadline to be announced)..

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law (LAW 6001), or a course covering civil rights and/or gender and the law encouraged but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course has a weekly session on Thursdays, and Fridays have been reserved for occasional guest speakers to be announced/scheduled later.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Monday, December 05, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM