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LEAD: Legal Education Accelerated Degree Program

LEAD - Legal Education Accelerated Degree Program

Overview

KU is excited to offer its students an innovative new program that allows KU students to earn both a B.A. and a J.D. degree in six years instead of seven.

As a KU LEADer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Earn a B.A. and J.D. in six years
  • Be guaranteed admission to KU Law after your junior year, provided that you meet the admission requirements
  • Have opportunities to connect with KU Law professors and students prior to your admission
  • Prepare for your career through specialized law-related educational activities and internships opportunities

To be considered for this program all you need to do is submit an essay on one of three topics, or you can submit the essay you wrote for KU’s Honors Program. The essay topics and application can be found on KU's undergraduate admissions website.

View complete information about applying to the program

Program Structure

Each year, students in the LEAD program will be exposed to program content designed to prepare them for law school and a legal career. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about law school and legal practice, as well as to begin building relationships in the law school and with practicing attorneys.

Freshman Year

LEAD students participate in four off-campus activities to introduce them to the practice of law and law school. Activities may include:

  • A Kansas Supreme Court tour and discussion with a justice of the court
  • A trial court tour and discussion with a judge of the court
  • A private-practice law firm tour in Kansas City and discussion with partners and associates in the firm
  • A government-practice tour and a discussion with attorneys in that practice

Sophomore Year

KU Law faculty facilitate volunteer experiences with a law-affiliated organization for LEAD students during the fall term. During the spring term, KU Law coordinates a discounted LSAT class exclusively for LEAD students.

Junior Year

LEAD students take 2 one-credit required classes — Introduction to the American Legal System I & II — taught by KU Law faculty. At the conclusion of the junior year, the law school hosts a recognition ceremony for juniors (and their families) who are "stepping up" to KU Law the next academic year.

Eligibility

To qualify for the LEAD Program:

  • Students must begin the program when they enroll as freshmen at KU.
  • Students must be enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences seeking a B.A. degree.
  • Students must have a 26 ACT score and a 3.5 GPA, or better.
  • Prior to admission to KU Law, students must meet the bar-required character and fitness requirements and the required LSAT and GPA scores, which are currently a 157 LSAT and 3.51 GPA.

 

 

 

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