Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy

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About the Williams Institute

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A national think tank at UCLA Law, The Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

Experts at the Institute have authored dozens of public policy studies and law review articles; filed amicus briefs in key court cases; provided expert testimony at legislative hearings; been widely cited in the national media; and trained thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the public.

Student opportunities at The Williams Institute include The Dukeminier Awards Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles, an annual student writing competition recognizing the best student article on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the law; a moot court competition on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy; summer law fellowships; a sexual orientation law teaching fellowship; and an LL.M. program specializing in Law and Sexuality.