Law students, Legal Services for Students assisting with free tax preparation

As tax season gets underway, two University of Kansas groups are offering free tax preparation services for those who qualify.

KU Law students with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will prepare returns for taxpayers who are residents of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois; who earn less than $54,000 per household per year; and who do not itemize their deductions. The program runs from Feb. 15 through April 17.

KU law students starting income tax assistance program

"The University of Kansas School of Law is being recognized for the students’ community service. Students are taking what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world in the name of charity.

Law school students are using their knowledge to help local tax payers.

'It’s great in the law school setting because not only are you giving back to the community, but the student is also getting really valuable legal experience,' School of Law Dean Stephen Mazza said.

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KU Law targets smaller classes now and in future

The University of Kansas School of Law will have a significantly smaller incoming class this fall — and in future years for the foreseeable future.

Faced with dwindling applications, law schools across the country either are slashing class sizes or admitting students with inferior credentials. Dean Stephen Mazza said KU set a target of 120 students this year and may end up a bit below that.

By contrast, there are 175 students graduating this year and about 140 each in the first-year and second-year classes.

KU sees rise in applicants from China, India

The Lawrence Journal-World reported that KU's applications from China and India are up, and featured Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school and professor of law, in a look at KU Law's own applicants.

Hyland wrote:

Law Dean Stephen Mazza said the school operates a two-year program ending in a juris doctorate degree, designed for students who already have earned a law degree in their home country.

Mazza said the law school has not had a focus on China but has tried to step up its recruitment efforts with law schools in other countries.

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