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Steven Wu

Steven Wu

3L  |  St. Louis, MO  |  Allegheny College  |  steven.wu@ku.edu

Hey there! My name is Steven Wu, and I’m a 3L summer starter from St. Louis, Missouri. Although I’m originally from the Midwest, I obtained my bachelor’s in political science and philosophy from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Allegheny provided a strong sense of community, which was really conducive to my studies – a quality that I looked for in law schools and a quality that ultimately drew me to KU Law.

Before moving to Lawrence, I spent my summers working in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of State and nongovernmental organizations. As I learned how the United States interacts with the international community, I began seeing law as a framing mechanism for the issues we talk about, both domestically and internationally. I found that, without knowing the legal framework that underpinned issues, I couldn’t fully understand those issues. These experiences convinced me that a legal career was my next logical step.

In addition to the strong sense of community, I chose KU Law because of the wide array of opportunities offered. This past summer, I studied abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China, where I learned about Chinese administrative, trade, and intellectual property law. After returning, I began working at the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (the immigration courts), which I continued into my fall semester. These experiences supplement my coursework in Administrative Law, International Human Rights Law, and Asylum Law. Outside the classroom, I write for International Law Students Association Quarterly and am part of KU Law’s Jessup International Moot Court team. Each of these opportunities contributes to the well-rounded experience I wanted in a school.

Since starting at KU Law two summers ago, I’ve been more than impressed. I came in expecting a friendly community that would be conducive to keeping up with the academic rigor. I got that and more. I walk into Green Hall each day knowing that I am surrounded by a warm, diverse community that is quickly becoming like family, and that is pushing me to grow. The small-school environment I experienced at Allegheny is definitely present here, and because KU Law is part of a larger state university, I am not deprived of that experience either!

Choosing which law school to attend can be an overwhelming decision, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. All in all, I am extremely pleased I chose to come here and am excited for the years to come. Between the friendly community and arduous, but rewarding program, KU Law is simply a great place to be!

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