Diversity at KU Law

Diversity at KU Law

KU Law values diversity in its student body and believes that the intentional creation of a diverse learning environment is essential to achieving the university's educational mission. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected.

To build a diverse community, the university considers, in addition to academic credentials, the following criteria for student admission decisions, scholarship recognition, and program participation. While each factor is significant, no one factor will be considered determinative in the decision process:

  • Bilingual or multilingual abilities
  • Cultural background
  • Ethnicity
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • First generation college student
  • Geographic diversity
  • Financial, social, family, physical or educational hardships
  • Previous career before pursuing higher education
  • Race
  • Service to community
  • Socio-economic status
  • Urban/rural background
  • Other unique contributions

Student Organizations
The following student organizations at KU Law provide support and assistance to their members, promote cultural awareness in the law school and in the legal profession and serve as vehicles for law school and community involvement. They often partner in planning service and social activities throughout the year. Members also collaborate in their efforts to recruit and mentor new students.

Membership in each of these organizations is open to all students. Contact information is available by clicking on the links below.

  • Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
  • Military Law Society
  • Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
  • Non-Traditionals in Law Association (NILA)
  • OUTLaws & Allies
  • Women in Law (WIL)

Activities
The following list highlights some of the activities in which student organizations participate:

  • Diversity in Law Banquet
    ALSA, BLSA, HALSA and NALSA collaborate in planning and hosting this event, which celebrates the ways in which diversity enriches KU Law. The event affords students an opportunity to share ethnic and cultural differences with the KU Law community, including alumni and local firms.

  • Pub Night
    A live auction and variety show with faculty and student participants highlights this event. Hosted by WIL, Pub Night raises funds for local charities that provide support and assistance to women and children.

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
    The entire student body actively supports this annual food drive sponsored by BLSA. First-year small sections compete to contribute the most items. Faculty members support the cause by exchanging "passes" in class for a canned food donation. Items collected provide Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of families in the Lawrence community.

  • Thurgood Marshall Law Day
    BLSA reaches out to the youth of the community to provide them with cultivating and enriching discussions on contemporary law topics and diversity in the profession.
Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms