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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. I completed my bachelor’s degree 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 coming to KU, I spent my summers working in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of State and with nonprofit organizations. As I learned more about 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 discovered that, without fully understanding the legal framework that underpinned these issues, I couldn’t fully understand them. These experiences ultimately convinced me that a legal career was my next logical step.

In addition to its strong sense of community, I chose KU Law because of the wide array of opportunities open to me here. During my first summer, I studied abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China, where I learned about Chinese administrative and trade law. That same summer, I began working at the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, where I experienced handling immigration cases firsthand.  During my second summer, I worked with a private firm on corporate finance, trademark infringement, and trade remedy cases. These experiences supplement my coursework in Administrative Law, Trade Law, and Antitrust Law. Outside of the classroom, I wrote for the International Law Students Association Quarterly and am serving on KU Law’s Jessup International Moot Court team for a second year. Each of these opportunities contributes to the well-rounded experience I wanted in a school.

Since starting at KU Law three summers ago, I’ve been more than impressed with my experience. I came in expecting a friendly community that would be conducive to keeping up with the academic rigor. I got that and much, much 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 enjoyed 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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