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University of Kentucky College of Law

The University of Kentucky's College of Law and Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics offer you the opportunity to obtain the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in a dual degree program. Because both schools recognize that some aspects of business and law are compatible and interrelated, you can obtain both degrees in four or four and one-half years instead of the four and one-half to five years required if the degrees were pursued separately. As a result, you gain marketable skills and specialized employment opportunities, and you do so in less time and with a smaller financial investment than might otherwise be required.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 402
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.25 - 3.74
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 94.78%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95.6%
In State Tuition $19,404
Out of State Tuition $33,618

Overview

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About University of Kentucky College of Law

The University of Kentucky's College of Law and Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics offer you the opportunity to obtain the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in a dual degree program. Because both schools recognize that some aspects of business and law are compatible and interrelated, you can obtain both degrees in four or four and one-half years instead of the four and one-half to five years required if the degrees were pursued separately. As a result, you gain marketable skills and specialized employment opportunities, and you do so in less time and with a smaller financial investment than might otherwise be required.

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The University of Kentucky’s College of Law is a relatively small flagship state law school that attracts just as many out-of-state students as in-state, due to its solid academ­ics and the accessibility of deans and professors. Small classes, combined with the com­mitment of this “dedicated” faculty indicate that ”there are plenty of opportunities for interaction with professors.” “The quality of instruction and the reputation of the school within the state of Kentucky are excellent,” says a student. Though many agree “the building itself is not much to look at” since it is “poorly laid out [and] falling apart,” the professors inside its walls “are absolutely superb” and “open to discussion and opinions in class.” “UK Law is the epitome of the Rule Against Judging a Book by Its Cover. While our building is outdated, the professors that teach in them are first class.” What the facilities lack is “made up for in the general quality of professors and the approachability of the entire law school staff.” Their doors are often open, “whether you want to discuss an issue from class or seek career advice,” says a student. One professor even hugs her students as they leave the final, and “gets her feelings hurt if they don't stay in touch.” In addition to flexible office hours, the professors and deans have had students “to their homes for dinner, participated in school intramural events and other outside activities such as tailgates that the law school hosts.”The “very communicative” administration is similarly caring and “seems to want to improve the school”; they try to provide as many resources as possible, but “because funding is low, we just don't have a lot of resources to work with.” That being said, “you quickly learn which administrators to seek out when there are problems,” as most agree “the school administration could do a better job communicating long term vision to students”; although “they do host feedback sessions /Town Hall meetings." Technology assistants are also “well-trained and will help with even non-school related computer issues.”The “excellent” first year legal writing and research program at UK places students in classes of 12, which leads to “extensive one-on-one time” to help hone in on these impor­tant, crucial skills. The program provides “detailed, practical experience.” However, students say that beyond this program, “the school doesn't offer enough skills-based classes,” and there aren’t many areas in which to specialize. Yet, “you will find a well-rounded legal education,” and UK does “a great job in setting up on campus interviews and providing externship opportunities.” “If I had to choose a school again, I would no doubt choose UK,” says one satisfied student.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 128

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA- 4 years., JD/MBA-4 years, JD/Masters in Diplomacy and International Commerce, 4 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 42
Full-Time Faculty 21
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 13
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 86%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,404 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,680 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,084 $19,404

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,618 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,680 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,298 $33,618

Financial Aid

83% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$30,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Kentucky College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Total 155 - 161

University of Kentucky College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.25 - 3.74
Total 3.25 - 3.74

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 85%
First Time Pass Rate 95%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96%
Average Starting Salary $47,500
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 22%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 9%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 5%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 4%
Business Industry 20 14%
Government 14 10%
Public Interest 6 4%
Federal Clerkship 5 4%
State Clerkship 23 17%
Academia 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 2 1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TN 4%
GA 6%
KY 70%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Kentucky College of Law include:

  • Karen Caldwell - Federal Judge
  • Steve Bright - National Public Interest Attorney
  • Steve Reed - Former U.S. Attorney
  • Ben Chandler - U.S. Representative
  • Mitch McConnell - U.S. Senator

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