Improvement, Transparency and Dedication to Our Graduates
The Class of 2013 achieved an 86 percent employment rate, not only matching the impressive results for 2012 but doing so with a substantially larger class and again bucking the trend of lower employment outcomes nationally. With the Class of 2014 being the first to graduate at KU Law's new, reduced class size, we look forward to further significant improvement.
This information was reported to the ABA on March 15, 2014, and is available to you here. You can compare this to the same ABA summary for the Class of 2012. We salute the Class of 2013 and its success, and know that for all the assistance from faculty, alumni, the Career Services Office and others, the heart of this success lies with the graduates and their determination to succeed.
As a consumer, the Class of 2013 data gives you insight into the most current employment data for the school. As of the date it was posted, it had not appeared in, nor had it been used to assess the school by any publications. In short, you know more than any website or magazine and can use that data to make an informed decision about attending KU Law, supporting its efforts and assessing its performance.
KU Law students and graduates are highly sought after by employers throughout the state, region and nation. Graduates of the Class of 2013 were employed in at least 19 states, Washington, D.C., and three foreign countries. The school’s more than 7,400 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 18 foreign countries. They use their law degrees in both traditional and nontraditional ways.
At KU Law we view this year’s improvement as a start and not an end — as a step toward more opportunities and better outcomes, not as a destination. Beyond efforts driven out of the Career Services Office, KU Law has made, and continues to make, fundamental changes designed to improve the education of our students and the career prospects of our graduates. Among recent changes, the most visible and dramatic is a reduction in class size by more than 20 percent, ensuring an even lower faculty-to-student ratio and stronger demand in the marketplace after graduation. We have also instituted innovative programs, including a school-funded Traveling On-Campus Interview Program to Dallas in fall of 2014. The program will be expand to other cities in 2015. Our continued focus on our students and their future success ensures that more changes, big and small, will come each year.
As a consumer — be you a student, parent, alum or potential employer — we hope that presenting this information will allow you to make informed choices and draw well-reasoned conclusions about the strength and value of an education from KU Law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
Arturo A. Thompson
Assistant Dean for Career Services