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The School of Law at University of Kansas

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Steven Freedman
Application deadline May 1
Full-time program application fee $55
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in summer

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 49.0% - High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.51
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 49.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-159
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.15-3.74
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.51
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.U.P.
J.D./M.A. Economics J.D./M.S. Journalism
J.D./M.H.S.A. J.D./M.A. Global Indigenous Nations Stud
J.D./M.A. Philosophy J.D./M.A. East Asian Languages & Culture
J.D./M.P.A. J.D./M.A. Political Science
J.D./M.S.W.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
The School offers eight certificate programs including elder law, environmental law, international trade law and tax law; thirteen clinics and externships, including prosecution, legal aid, media, and tribal law; eleven joint degrees including business, health services, social welfare, and urban planning; two summer abroad programs in Ireland and Turkey; and a semester abroad program in London.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 105
Seminars 15
Positions available in seminars 336
Positions available in simulation courses 285
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 207
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The School provides students with many involvement opportunities. Students develop leadership skills, participate in community service activities, and host events through membership in over 25 student organizations, an online student paper and two student-edited publications. Students participate in National Moot Court, Jessup International Law Moot Court and other nationwide competitions.

 

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 63
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year "small section" 21
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 215
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 253
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 157
Full-time students involved in field placements 138
Full-time students involved in law journals 91
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 108
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 82

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.3:1 - Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 47
Full-time minority faculty 10.7%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 58
Total faculty (men) 62.1%
Total faculty (women) 37.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 10.3%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

#89 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#50 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 44
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.3
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.15-3.74
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.51
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-159
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157
Acceptance rate 49.0% - High
Student-faculty ratio 13.3:1 - Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 46.4% - Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.0% - Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.3% - High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar KS
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.0%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 463

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 463

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 4.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.0%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.6%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Brenda Maigaard
Financial aid phone (785) 864-4700
Financial aid application deadline February 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $16,460 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $28,648 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $10,852
Books $1,100
Miscellaneous expenses $5,266
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 63.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 12.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.7%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.7%
Median grant amount $2,270
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,590–$9,200
Full-time students receiving grants 78.8%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $67,598
Proportion who borrowed 79.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 90,402
Microform titles 34,746
Electronic titles 63,932
Other non-book titles 1,905
Total titles 190,985
Volumes (excluding microforms) 266,243
Volume equivalent microforms 103,321
Total volumes and volume equivalents 369,564
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 35,867
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 93
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 45
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 93
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 11
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 31,336
Total seats available for library users 481
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The law school is located on KU's beautiful historic main campus in Green Hall, a modern, five-story building. The Wheat Law Library, the largest and oldest law library in Kansas with over 350,000 volumes, digital resources, and high quality service, serves the law school and university in scholarly pursuits and provides attorneys, judges, and the general public with access to legal information.
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar KS
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.3% - High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 168
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 46.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 46.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 40.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.8%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.8%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $48,000
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $86,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 78%
Median public service starting salary $48,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.1%
Percent employed in business and industry 9.9%
Percent employed in government 17.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 2.3%
Percent employed in law firms 58.8%
Percent employed in public interest 7.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.8%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 44%
Graduates employed out-of-state 54.2%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 19
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 3.1%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 67.2%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 11.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 6.9%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 7.6%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The Office of Career Services is committed to helping all students, regardless of career aspirations or credentials, to realize their employment goals. Annually over 100 employers interview on campus. The Office also offers counseling sessions, resume and interviewing workshops, a 1L Mentor Program, and a speaker series featuring a diverse group of panelists from all areas of the law.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 74.1%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 99.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 18.3%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 83.3%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 3.8%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 80.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.8%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 60.0%
 


 
 

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