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Johnathan Koonce

Johnathan Koonce

3L | Colorado Springs, CO | Colorado State University | mjohn.koonce@gmail.com

My name is Johnathan Koonce, and I am a 3L from Colorado Springs, Colo. I previously attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where I received a bachelor’s in political science with a minor in business.

Being an out-of-state student provides me with a special appreciation for KU Law. Upon my initial decision to attend KU, I was anxious about being in a brand new environment, in a brand new state, where I had essentially no ties or connections. However, my anxieties quickly dissipated after entering Green Hall on the first day of classes. As cliché as it sounds, I’ve made some great friends at KU Law who will undoubtedly be some of my life-long best friends. 

Not only has the environment at KU Law been welcoming and friendly, but attending KU Law is also accompanied with a great sense of pride. Throughout the application process, one of my main goals was to go to a law school that I can be proud to say I attended. When I travel home over breaks, I make sure to wear some KU gear. There is a great sense of camaraderie with KU fans, especially outside the state of Kansas. Ultimately, it is great to be a part of something so rich in history and tradition. The alumni network is another reason I made the decision to attend KU Law. In my experience, attorneys from KU Law have always been excited to meet with me; we often bond over similar experiences that we share — whether that be going to The Wheel or having the same professors. 

Attending KU Law was one of the biggest decisions that I’ve made in my short 24 years of life, and it has also been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The overall strength of the program, the alumni network, the welcoming and friendly academic environment, and the national brand recognition that KU Law provide are just a few of the highlights that ensure me that my decision was worth it. 

I couldn’t be happier that I decided to come to Lawrence to attend KU Law. I know my experience has been extremely positive, and I look forward to the rest of my law school journey. I hope to share my experience with other prospective students who will love and appreciate what the program has to offer.  

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