I’m in my fifth year of teaching law and sexuality at Sunderland and although it’s a subject that has become much more common at law schools over those years, there are a variety of different approaches taken – and I get the impression they are generally much more conservative, and typically much more feminist driven than my own course.
A couple of news stories in the US recently highlight how this is an area that continues to grow globally. Rutgers Law School announced with great fanfare that they are running a class in which students are looking at LGBT rights. Although the story emphasises it’s a small class, it is another Law School grappling with the agenda of law and sexuality.
There’s a great quote in the Rutgers press release when N.E.H. Hull, a professor of law at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden who teaches the course says: “It’s the civil rights issue of the 21st century and it plays into so many areas of law.” Absolutely.
Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported that their Law School students headed down to New Orleans during their winter break to volunteer for a range of projects including one with AIDSLaw. It’s another example of Law Schools ensuring that their students are exposed to and engage with a broader socio-legal agenda that includes aspects of sexuality. Brilliant stuff from the Law Schools and students concerned.