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The University of Kansas School of Law


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KU Law

Three years at KU Law will transform you. You will work extraordinarily hard. You will study theory, policy, the law on the books, and the law in practice. And you will walk away ready to confront the world’s legal challenges. A rich curriculum, topflight faculty, collegial environment—all in a vibrant university town brimming with intellectual and cultural abundance. KU Law is a great place to be.

Learning the Law—Academics and Practice

Our philosophy at KU Law is to teach our students the foundations of the law, then provide them with the hands-on experience necessary to begin their careers ready for practice. Our curriculum covers nearly every field of law, with faculty expertise in areas as diverse as corporate law, alternative dispute resolution, family law, criminal law, and more. We offer 9 practical training programs with more than 200 available openings for students. KU Law students work directly with partner legal organizations to serve their clients. Want to become a prosecutor? You can work directly with county and state attorneys in the courtroom as part of our Criminal Prosecution Field Placement. Focused on the rights of defendants? Our Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence allows you the chance to advocate on behalf of wrongly convicted defendants. Want to extern in DC? Join our Sixth Semester in DC program that propels you into the nation’s capital. These are just a few of the opportunities you will have to experience the law and legal system while you are a student at KU Law.

As a student at a major university, you have the opportunity to seek any of the 12 joint-degree programs available to students at KU Law. The most popular joint-degree programs are business, health services administration, and social welfare, but joint degrees are also available in East Asian languages and cultures, economics, indigenous studies, journalism, philosophy, political science, public administration, urban planning, and East European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies.

Where Teaching Matters

A passion for teaching drives the KU Law faculty. They are committed to excellence in the classroom and to serving as guides for law students. Our faculty open-door policy is not just a policy, it defines our culture and how we connect with our students. This is the KU Law tradition. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their professors about their progress in the study of law as well as career plans, job opportunities, and the professional responsibilities of lawyers. This ethos is even built into our physical architecture with faculty offices opening directly into the study spaces and reading areas of the law library.

Faculty members enrich their teaching by researching and writing about the areas of law they teach. They regularly participate in symposia, publish widely in legal journals, and enjoy national and international recognition for the quality of their scholarship. Notably, one third of KU Law faculty have authored the textbooks used at KU Law and at law schools across the country.

Small Class Sizes, Extensive Course Selection

Small classes are a hallmark of KU Law and central to the close-knit and supportive environment found in Green Hall. In the first year, half of the classes are small sections, averaging just 25 students. This continues into the second and third years with a median class size of 14. These seminar-sized classes allow you and your professors to engage in extensive discussion and discourse. With a rich array of courses to choose from, including more than 100 upper level, you will have the chance to explore and prepare for a breadth of careers. You can also focus on a number of core strengths, like family law, international, corporate, media, tax, public interest, tribal, natural resources, environment, and advocacy.

Jayhawk Lawyers—Ready to Work

As a KU Law graduate, your degree opens doors across the country, as well as in the Midwest. Alumni work in corporations like Apple Inc. and agencies like the US Department of Justice. They head publicly traded companies like NIC Inc. and have run government agencies like the FDIC. Over the last five years, Jayhawk Lawyers have taken positions in at least 30 states and can be found in all 50 states and around the world. You will have both the theoretical framework to analyze complex legal issues and practical training on how that knowledge is translated into successful negotiations, agreement, and litigation. In short, you enter practice with both the intellectual acumen and technical skills that employers seek.

In a first-year contracts or property class you can expect to see actual contracts and titling documents, not just read about them as part of a case. In your second and third year the opportunities to tie theory to the actual practice of law grow as you are able to take classes focused on the practice areas that most interest you. You will also have the opportunity to be a part of the Polsinelli Transactional Law Center, engaging in class simulations based on actual deals and taught by leading practitioners.

If you are focused on a career in litigation, you can expect to see the actual kinds of pleading and motions lawyers file in court. Your skills in drafting and oral advocacy will be honed through our award-winning moot court program, as well as summer clerkships with leading federal and state judges. As a part of our Shook Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy, you will take part in intensive one- and two-week workshops focused on deposition skills, cross-examining expert witness, and exploring the complexities of electronic discovery. These simulations are not only modeled after the same kinds of training associates receive at top firms, but your instructors will be leading plaintiff and defense lawyers from across the region.

With an extraordinary intellectual and practical skillset at graduation, you will enter practice ready to work, delivering real value to clients from the moment you leave Green Hall.

Sixth Semester in DC Program

KU Law’s Sixth Semester in DC program provides an excellent opportunity for students seeking a pathway to public service in our nation’s capital. Students in the program will take up to six credits of coursework in a classroom located one block from the White House. They will take an additional nine credits worth of externship opportunities at any number of DC-area agencies or nonprofit organizations. Whether students are seeking permanent employment in DC or an enjoyable way to complete their studies, the Sixth Semester in DC program is an outstanding choice.

Career Services—An Intense One-to-One Approach

What sets KU Law’s Career Services Office apart is the intensity of its one-to-one approach, and how it will engage you from the day you first enter Green Hall. With the typical individual student meeting lasting an hour, and many such meetings over your law school career, the office is able to learn who you are and what you want at a deep level. The CSO brings that same intensity to connecting with alumni and employers in person and across the country.

What does all this intensity get you? It is probably no surprise that KU Law is a dominant player in the Kansas and Kansas City legal markets. But our footprint extends well beyond the Midwest, with large concentrations of alumni in the Washington, DC, region; Dallas/Fort Worth; Denver; and Phoenix—to name just a few. Our program of intense one-to-one engagement opens up possibilities everywhere, including overseas, and in any career, be it traditional legal practice or otherwise.

Importantly, KU Law also takes a major role in underwriting your search, no matter where you are looking or what career you seek through our Traveling On-Campus Interview and Equal Justice Works DC Programs. These programs take students to interview in select cities, with all costs being covered by the school. The Career Services Office also arranges alumni receptions in conjunction with these trips, giving you a chance to meet an array of Jayhawk Lawyers who preceded you, and who will be invaluable mentors as you start your career.

Within our home region, opportunities are just as wide ranging. From urban centers like Kansas City and Wichita to smaller communities like Dodge City and Salina, you have the chance to pick not just your practice but the kind of place you want to live. To support your efforts we have school-funded events on campus and across the state, like our Rural and Solo Program, where you will connect with judges, senior practitioners, and recent graduates, all of whom are ready to offer guidance and support.

Serving the Public, Families, and Children

Our program includes a strong commitment to training students for careers representing those who need representation most. From immigrants and underserved people to the poor and families in need, KU Law is committed to producing lawyers ready to make a difference for the least advantaged. Family law is another area of focus where KU Law will give you skills and knowledge to represent families and children, from adoption to divorce and from child in need of care cases to trust and estate planning.

Beyond an array of classes that will teach you the law, you will have the chance to put your knowledge into practice for actual clients through programs like our Legal Services Clinic and the Medical Legal Partnership. You can also apply to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair in Washington, DC, giving you the chance to reach employers nationwide with all expenses being underwritten by the school.

You will have access to leading practitioners who can mentor you through career choices and help think through novel legal issues. Their loyalty to KU Law and commitment to the next generation of Jayhawk Lawyers will make them an invaluable resource for making connections and navigating career choices as you work to help families, children, and those in need.

A History of Diversity

Since its founding in 1878, KU Law has been open to all qualified applicants—regardless of gender or ethnicity. We are proud of this history, and we remain committed to providing access to a legal education for men and women of all religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. Attracting students from diverse backgrounds ensures that all points of view will be heard in our classrooms and in the legal community.

Lawrence, Kansas

Championship basketball and the legendary Phog Allen Fieldhouse are what many people think of when visiting Lawrence, Kansas. While Lawrence and KU are the home of a great basketball tradition, living in Lawrence encompasses so much more. Routinely designated one of the top college towns in America, Lawrence prides itself on its thriving music scene, dynamic arts community, and a host of outdoor activities. Historic Massachusetts Street (“Mass Street”) is the heart of downtown Lawrence. With its diverse restaurants, clubs, and shops, Mass Street is the community center and a gathering place for students, professors, and locals. Lawrence’s weekly farmer’s markets feature organic and locally grown food from farms in the Kaw Valley. Whatever your interest, from activities like golf, biking, running, or sailing, to an array of KU club and community team sports, including soccer, rugby, softball, and kickball, you can find them all in Lawrence.

Lawrence also features a variety of very affordable housing options. Many of our students live within walking distance to Green Hall in apartment complexes and houses geared toward student life. There are large residential areas, which are perfect for students with families or who seek a quieter lifestyle. For students wanting to live in a big city, a number of our students commute from Kansas City or the Kansas City suburbs, just a 30- to 45-minute drive away.

Sixth Semester in DC Program

KU Law’s Sixth Semester in DC program provides an excellent opportunity for students seeking a pathway to public service in our nation’s capital. Students in the program will take up to six credits of coursework in a classroom located one block from the White House. They will take an additional nine credits worth of externship opportunities at any number of DC-area agencies or nonprofit organizations. Whether students are seeking permanent employment in DC or an enjoyable way to complete their studies, the Sixth Semester in DC program is an outstanding choice.

Summer-Start Program

The law school’s unique summer-start program provides students with an outstanding choice. By completing the eight credits earned in the summer-start program, students will be able to capitalize on the early start by finishing law school one or two semesters early. Alternatively, students can take a lighter courseload during their law school career.

The summer-start program has a number of other positive features. Classes are taught in small sections, with about 25 students. Courses are taught in the mornings, Monday through Friday, providing ample time to study and to get acclimated to a new city and a new program. Summer starters also benefit by getting early feedback on how they are doing. For students off to a good start, they’ll be able to continue with added confidence. For other students, that early feedback can be a good motivator to work with our faculty and skills support resources to make sure to get on a good path.

Summer starters share a bond that lasts through law school and beyond. They also share a consensus that starting in the summer at KU Law is a great idea.

A History of Diversity

Since its founding in 1878, KU Law has been open to all qualified applicants—regardless of gender or ethnicity. We are proud of this history, and we remain committed to providing access to a legal education for men and women of all religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. Attracting students from diverse backgrounds ensures that all points of view will be heard in our classrooms and in the legal community.

International and Comparative Law

KU Law has one of the leading International and Comparative Law programs in the region. Students studying international law are taught by leading academics in the fields of international trade and finance. Students pursuing an International Trade and Finance Certificate can take courses in international law, trade and finance, and comparative law to prepare for a career in the field. Building on their academic experiences, recent graduates have found employment in Belgium, Qatar, and China. KU Law students can add to their experience by taking part in our study-abroad programs in China, Ireland, and Turkey, or by participating in an exchange program with one of our 17 partner law schools around the world.

Value—Affordability, Quality, and Great Results

KU Law takes pride in its ability to offer a world-class legal education at a great value. Our students graduate with an average debt burden far below the amounts found at other law schools. Affordability gives you choices, making careers in public service and serving small communities just as viable as those with private firms in bigger cities. It also means you can afford to accept a prestigious judicial clerkship or explore a career at the nexus of law and entrepreneurship. KU Law has been nationally recognized for its incredible value.


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1535 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7608

Phone: 785.864.4378
Toll-free: 866.220.3654
Email: admitlaw@ku.edu
Website: www.law.ku.edu
ABA Data: www.law.ku.edu/aba-standard-509-disclosures

Applicant Profile

  GPA
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3.75+ 3.50–3.74 3.25–3.49 3.00–3.24 2.75–2.99 2.50–2.74 2.25–2.49 2.00–2.24 Below 2.00
175–180 Good Good Good Good Good Possible Possible Possible Unlikely
170–174 Good Good Good Good Good Possible Possible Possible Unlikely
165–169 Good Good Good Good Good Possible Possible Unlikely Unlikely
160–164 Good Good Good Good Possible Possible Possible Unlikely Unlikely
155–159 Good Good Possible Possible Possible Possible Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
150–154 Possible Possible Possible Possible Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
145–149 Possible Possible Possible Possible Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
140–144 Possible Possible Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
135–139 Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
130–134 Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
125–129 Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely
120–124 Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely Unlikely

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