General Practice

A general practitioner is one who practices in many areas of the law, typically in a small law firm or as a solo practitioner. General practitioners are found in small towns and in large cities. The KU Law curriculum is designed to allow both breadth and depth of study, depending on the career goals of the student. Students who wish to be general practitioners usually want to be exposed to several areas of the law that they expect to encounter in their practice: property law, tort law, family law, probate law, administrative law, criminal law, and general business matters, including contract law. A general practice will often include litigation and appellate work.

Curriculum

Property Courses

  • Property Law
  • Land Transactions
  • Government Control of Land Development

Torts Law

  • Torts I
  • Torts II
  • Product Liability

Family Law

  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law

Criminal Law

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic
  • Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies

Business Law

  • Contracts (required)
  • Business Associations I and II
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
  • Commercial Law: Payment Systems
  • Bankruptcy
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises
  • Business Planning Seminar

Estate Planning

  • Estate Planning
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Estate Planning: Practice

Administrative Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Public Benefit Law
  • Water Law

Litigation, Appellate Work, and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Lawyering Skills I and II
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Pretrial Advocacy

Other Courses

  • Practice in Kansas
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Agricultural Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Environmental Law Survey
  • Local Government Law
  • Oil and Gas
  • American Legal History
  • Comparative Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Conflict of Laws

Course descriptions

Clinics

In addition to the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and the Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies, three other clinics would aid the prospective general practitioner: the Legal Aid Clinic (legal assistance to Indigent clients for both civil and criminal matters), the Elder Law Externship (representation of elderly individuals in consumer, housing, and public benefits litigation), and the Judicial Clerkship Clinic (work as a law clerk to a state or federal trial judge).

Other Opportunities

Students can gain practical experience through summer clerkships or part-time work during the school year in general practice firms. First-year students may participate in the university's Traffic Court as prosecutors or defense lawyers handling appeals by KU students, staff and faculty of parking citations.

Students may also participate in any of a number of moot court and mock trial programs with competitions on campus, regionally and nationally. They may hone their interviewing skills in the ABA Client Counseling Competition. Finally, students may prepare for active membership in the ABA and state and local bar associations through involvement in the Student Bar Association and other student organizations.

 

Questions?

John Peck
Connell Teaching Professor of Law
785-864-9228
jpeck@ku.edu
 

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
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th 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
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms