Jennifer Schmidt

Director, 6th Semester in D.C. and Law & Public Policy Programs
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Jennifer Schmidt is the director of both the 6th Semester in D.C. Program and the Public Policy Practicum at KU Law. She is also host/producer of KPTS Channel 8's "Ask your Legislator" show. She received a B.A. from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1994, where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy.

Courses Taught:
  • Legislative Field Placement
  • Public Policy Practicum

Education

J.D. Kansas, 1994, Managing Editor, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy; B.A., Texas Christian University.

Teaching

Legislative Field Placement and Public Policy Practicum

Career History

Associate, Dyer, Ellis and Joseph, 1994-96; Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts, 1996-98; Senior Counsel, Senator Charles Grassley, 1998-99; Chief of Staff to the House Majority Leader, Kansas House of Representatives, 1998-2001; Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House, Kansas House of Representatives, 2001-02; Instructor, Pittsburg State University, 2003-06; Senior Fellow, Dole Institute of Politics, 2007-08; Lecturer, University of Kansas, 2008; Host, Producer, KPTS Channel 8, since 2008; Director, Public Policy Clinic, University of Kansas School of Law, since 2009.

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