Overview

Juris Doctor overview

The Juris Doctor program at KU Law prepares students to be outstanding members of the legal profession, well educated in the law, with a commitment to public service and professional achievement. A rigorous and engaging curriculum challenges students to solve problems thoughtfully and analytically. Required courses lay a solid foundation in the general principles of law and its practice in a changing legal environment, while a broad array of upper-level offerings empower students to tailor an education to fit their unique interests.

KU Law students develop their expertise in the classroom and in the field, perfecting legal analysis and writing, developing professional skills, and then putting their knowledge to work on real cases through one of the most extensive clinical and externship programs in the nation.

Students leave KU Law poised to become strong, ethical leaders in the legal profession and in their communities.

 

Questions?

Melanie Wilson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
785-864-0359
mdwilson@ku.edu

Vicki Palmer
Registrar
785-864-9211
vpalmer@ku.edu

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: 28 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
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms