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Zak Beasley

Zak Beasley

3L  |  Kansas City, MO  |  University of Kansas  |

Hey! My name is Zak Beasley, and I am a 3L here at the dear old KU School of Law. I was born and raised in Kansas City and went to KU for my undergrad. I received my bachelor’s in journalism.  

After graduation, I worked as a bartender in downtown Kansas City while I figured out what my next move would be. I decided to go work with my dad overseas in Sierra Leone, West Africa. My dad was starting a logging company there, and my brother and I went to help him out. It was a neat opportunity to travel and work with family. I was put in charge of public relations, given my undergraduate education in journalism. But ask anyone who works for their parents, and I am sure they will tell you that you do a lot more than your title would suggest. I helped rebuild skidders and dozers, and routinely made trips into the jungle to drop off supplies. After working in Sierra Leone, the three of us moved to Romania, where we continued to work in the logging industry. Moving from country to country gave me a great appreciation for other cultures and what I tended to take for granted.

While working abroad was quite an experience, at some point I began to wonder where I was going with my life. It wasn’t until a trip back home in September 2010 that I got the idea about going to law school. My trip happened to coincide with a KU Law open house, so I went and checked it out. I really liked what I saw and decided to apply to law school for the following year. KU was my only real choice for law school. Besides being impressed with the faculty and staff and the overall quality of the law school, I knew I would enjoy being back in Lawrence. Lawrence is a very comfortable city in which to live. There’s always plenty to do downtown, and the locals are the very definition of Midwestern hospitality. You’ll have your pick of coffee shops, restaurants, boutique shopping, and more bars than you can shake a stick at.

This past summer, I had the distinct privilege to attend the U.S. Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Va., where I was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant. Having said that, my job is more or less figured out at this point, which is great because it alleviates a lot of stress associated with finding a job.

Well, anyway, that’s me in a nutshell. I hope you decide to come to KU Law. It’s been a great experience for me, and I am sure it will be a great experience for you.

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