Hands-On Learning

More than 50 years ago, KU Law became a pioneer in clinical legal education when it launched the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence. Since then the law school has built an experiential learning program that includes a mix of live-client clinics, field placements and skills simulations that help students sharpen professional skills and gain practical experience. Students take and defend depositions, write and argue mock appellate briefs, represent federal inmates in post-conviction appeals, and more — all under the direction of clinical faculty, practicing attorneys and judges.

In addition to classes that fulfill the school's experiential course requirements, students may also participate in moot court, mock trial, student-edited journals, pro bono service and other opportunities to practice the skills of a working lawyer.

Skills Simulations
Moot Court
Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
Field Placements
Pro Bono Program
Mock Trial
Kansas Law Review


Academic Calendar

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law

Vicki Palmer

Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine