Since its founding in 1984, OutLaw has sought to further three goals: to increase social acceptance of gay students at the Law School, to educate the Law School community on the legal status of gays and lesbians, and to provide a supportive atmosphere for gay and lesbian law students. To these ends, Outlaw has, as examples, successfully negotiated for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University's non-discrimination clause; organized the first national law school conference on sexual orientation and the law; hosted presentations on legal careers for lesbian, gay and bi-sexual people by the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders; sponsored a faculty member's lecture on the constitutionality of anti-gay discrimination by the government and participated in the successful lobbying effort to have a domestic partnership program instituted at the University. Social events for members have included dinners, brunches, and outings to Chicago's North Side with gays and lesbians studying at other law and business schools in Chicago.
OutLaw has also assisted gay alumni and the Law School in establishing what we believe is the country's first law school scholarship for students who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of legal rights for gays and lesbians. Named in honor of the riot that precipitated the modern gay rights movement in 1969, the Stonewall Scholarship Fund is used to replace unnamed scholarship funds awarded by the Financial Aid Office.