Columbus law schools permit military recruiters despite discrimination policy

Three law schools in the U.S. are not eligible to receive federal funding because they prohibit military personnel from recruiting on their campuses. The Solomon Amendment, enacted in 1995, says military recruiters must be permitted on campus if the school wants to continue to get federal aid. And some institutions feel like they can not afford to lose that funding. Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law has written its recruiting policy to meet the laws requirements.

Moritz College Assistant Dean of Career Services, Pam Lombardy, says generally the school does not allow employers which discriminate to recruit on its campus. But they make an exception for the military.

“The college’s nondiscrimination policy prohibits employers who discriminate on the basis of gender, identity or expression from recruiting on campus except as mandated by pertinent legal requirements. And obviously the Solomon Amendment is a pertinent legal requirement.”

However, Lombardy says Moritz does offer students a disclaimer about the military’s rules regarding gays.

“We allow the military to recruit our students on campus, but we notify our students through a disclaimer what the military’s policy is to try and explain the discrepancy between our non-discrimination policy and the military’s.”

At Capital University Law School Assistant Dean of Career Services, Mary Ann Willis, says the military is allowed to recruit on campus. Willis declined to be recorded, but says the school offers information about the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy through gay and lesbian programs on campus.

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