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The University of Kansas School of Law

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 441
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.22 - 3.71
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 92.99%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.0%
In State Tuition $18,664
Out of State Tuition $31,474

Overview

Overview

Reviews

Kansas Law is certainly considered a legal powerhouse in the Midwest. The university “offers a wide variety of classes that suit all types of students interested in an array of legal areas.” As one third-year shares, “I've never found it challenging to find classes I'm inter­ested in taking. [In fact,] there are usually too many classes and I have to narrow it down to what fits into my schedule the best.” Moreover, students benefit from a curriculum that manages to deftly balance a “mix of traditional legal theory with practical skills.” Another satisfied third-year adds, “The clinical programs are numerous and diverse. A student could have practical experience in every semester as an upperclassman, just through the clinics and externships provided by the school.” However, some students do grumble that “the mandatory grade curve puts KU students at a disadvantage compared to other law schools within the region.”Students at KU seem to fully enjoy their time in the classroom. This can certainly be attributed to “absolutely fantastic professors” who are “brilliant, approachable, and want to be there.” It’s readily apparent that they “genuinely love their job and love the univer­sity.” As one knowing third-year succinctly states, “They are very knowledgeable in their subject areas, friendly, accessible, and willing to help each student succeed.”One area that could use a little improvement is the actual law school building. Many say that it feels “dated” and a first-year colorfully suggests that it resembles an “old air­port.” Further, a disgruntled second-year laments that it’s “crowded with print resources no one uses, lacking moot court space, lacking group study space [and] lacking effective air conditioning.” Fortunately, though the law building might leave some wanting, the university’s “research resources are also quite simply - wonderful.” A first-year explains, “Our library is well stocked, and our librarians are very helpful, as well as available to us at all times. KU Law also provides us with Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg research trainings, and representatives from those companies are available 24/7.”Finally, students also greatly appreciate the fact the administration is “very hands on.” In fact, even the “Dean teaches classes and takes the time to mingle with the students constantly.” As one excited first-year pleasantly sums up, “KU Law is still the most wel­coming, diverse, inclusive, and supportive group of individuals I've yet to meet, and I would recommend it to anybody looking to law as a profession.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 172

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Master of Business Administration; JD/ Master of East Asian Languages and Cultures; JD/MA in Economics; JD/MA in Global Indigenous Nations Studies; JD/Master of Health Services Administration; JD/MS in Journalism; JD/MA in Philosophy; JD/Master of Public Administration; JD/MA in Political Science; JD/MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; JD/Master of Social Work; JD/Master of Urban Planning. All combined-degree programs are 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 62
Full-Time Faculty 34
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 21
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 61% Male
39% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Multi-racial 3%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,664 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,474 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $29,138 $18,664

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $31,474 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,474 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $41,948 $31,474

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $55

Incoming Class

The University of Kansas School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 159
LSAT Total 154 - 159

The University of Kansas School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.22 - 3.71
Total 3.22 - 3.71

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 90%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 70
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 26 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 7%
Business Industry 28 21%
Government 22 17%
Public Interest 7 5%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 8 6%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 20 13%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 5%
MO 22%
KS 47%
International 4%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Kansas School of Law include:

  • Major General Clyde Tate - Deputy JAG of the U.S. Army
  • Sen. Jerry Moran - United States Senate
  • Mary Beck Briscoe - 10th Circuit Judge
  • Gov. Sam Brownback - State of Kansas Governor
  • Hon. Mary H. Murgia - 9th Circuit Judge

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