Law Schools End Military Recruiting Ban After DADT Repeal Certification

The only two American law schools with an outright ban on military recruiting on campus, Vermont Law School and William Mitchell College of Law, both announced they will once again allow recruiters now that President Obama put the final stages of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in motion. Because federal law forbids universities from receiving federal funds if they do not allow military recruiters on campus, Vermont and William Mitchell were the only two law schools that actually excluded recruiters, although many law schools made symbolic acts of protest against the military’s discriminatory hiring practices. While she was dean of Harvard Law School, for example, Justice Elena Kagan never once excluded military recruiters from campus, although Harvard did briefly require those recruiters to arrange their visits through a different contact person than the one that coordinated visits from other employers.