Journey to J.D.

Building future generations of diverse legal professionals

May 26 - 30, 2014

The University of Kansas School of Law offers a weeklong summer program for diverse students entering their freshman or sophomore year of college.

The mission? To support, mentor, and encourage students to attend law school and pursue legal opportunities in the region.

Studies show that fewer black and Latino students graduate from high school and college and are underrepresented in the legal profession. The number of women entering law schools runs consistently below 50 percent of the class.

This program invites applications from any student interested in a legal profession. Our intent is to support a diverse student body at KU Law by identifying promising students from a variety of backgrounds not commonly represented in the practice of law. Our goal is that these students, after experiencing the program and being paired with a mentor to help navigate the path through higher education, will eventually pursue a legal career.

Possible topics and activities include:

  • Criminal law
  • Business law
  • Contract negotiations
  • Civil rights law
  • Intellectual property
  • Participation in a mock trial
  • Interaction with students and legal professionals

How to Apply
Students interested in applying for Journey to J.D. should download materials below. A complete application packet consists of:

  • a completed application form
  • an essay explaining your interest in participating in the program
  • a signed consent/release of liability form
  • high school and college transcripts
  • one letter of recommendation from a nonfamily member
    (recommendation form may be e-mailed or mailed)

DEADLINE: Applications and all supporting documents are due by April 30, 2014.


Program Benefits
The Journey to J.D. program ...

  • encourages students to pursue a law degree and explores tools to succeed in law school.
  • gives students a basic understanding of the legal system.
  • allows undergraduate students to learn from current law students.
  • provides opportunities to meet alumni from all fields of law, including attorneys, judges and business leaders.
  • teaches interviewing skills.
  • enables students to experience law school and meet peers from across the region.

For parents
Private support covers the cost of attendance for students admitted to the program, including tuition and food during class times. Students will be supervised by law students at all times. They will learn in a structured, small-class environment with a focus on the academic to professional spectrum.

Funding Opportunities
Journey to J.D. is funded entirely through private support. The cost per student to attend the one-week program is $2,000. Please partner with KU Law in our efforts to increase the pool of diverse, well-educated prospective legal employees by sponsoring students to attend this program.

$500-$1,000 level
Company logo included on registration materials

$3,000 level
Company logo included on registration materials and T-shirts

$5,000+ level
Opportunity for all the above and company to facilitate a workshop


Program Benefits
The Journey to J.D. program ...

  • encourages underserved students to attend law school.
  • gives students a basic understanding of the legal system.
  • engages current law students as teachers.
  • involves area alumni to serve as mentors and positive role models.
  • exposes students to judges and the court system.
  • explores tools to succeed in college and law school.
  • provides opportunities to meet law alumni from all fields of law, including attorneys, judges and business leaders.
  • teaches interviewing skills.
 

 

 

Apply for Journey to JD
Questions?

Arturo Thompson
arturot@ku.edu
785-864-9257

Chelsi Hayden
chelsihayden@ku.edu
785-864-9287

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