About KU Law


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Overview

The University of Kansas School of Law has been preparing students to be outstanding members of the legal profession since 1878.

Our students learn the foundations of the law, then gain the hands-on experience necessary to begin their careers ready for practice. KU Law offers nine clinical and field placement programs. Students also have access to skills simulations, student publications and a nationally ranked moot court program.

KU School of Law faculty are active scholars, researchers and subject matter experts in their fields. KU ranks 40th overall and 16th among public law schools for scholarly impact, according to a 2021 study. Many are authors of textbooks and casebooks used in classes at KU and in law schools across the U.S. and overseas.

Students enjoy small class sizes, a collegial environment and access to a loyal alumni network of more than 8,000 Jayhawk Lawyers across the U.S. and around the world.

Mission

  • To further the knowledge and understanding of law and the legal system through a balanced and integrated program of teaching, research and service.

Where We Are

Students in front of downtown Lawrence businesses

Life in Lawrence

Lawrence is a city of 95,000+ and a hub of culture and progressive change. KU’s stunning hilltop campus overlooks the Kansas River and a vibrant downtown. The location between Topeka and Kansas City offers access to urban amenities and outstanding employment opportunities.
Aerial view of Jayhawk Boulevard on the KU campus

University of Kansas

KU Law is an integral part of the University of Kansas, the state’s flagship research institution. KU is the only school in Kansas belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Home to nearly 30,000 students, KU is a school rich in tradition.
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Connect With Us

Our Office of Admissions, students and faculty are always willing to talk with interested students. Get in touch to request printed information, attend an online info session or plan a visit to campus. No matter where you are, we want to meet you.

Fast Facts

8,000+
More than 8,000 KU Law alumni live in all 50 states, several U.S. territories and dozens of foreign countries.
1878
KU Law has been open to all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity since the school's founding in 1878.
315
KU Law is home to 315 J.D. students who come to Lawrence from colleges and universities across the U.S. (as of Oct. 5, 2021).

History & Traditions

Since its founding in 1878, the KU School of Law has trained students to be committed to professional achievement and public service. A history more than 140 years in the making has produced a legacy of traditions and pastimes at KU Law.

Professor Webb Hecker shares KU Law history in front of old Green Hall

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

KU Law values diversity in its student body. Through events, co-curricular programs, student organizations and other initiatives, the law school is dedicated to fostering a welcoming environment for all members of the KU Law community.

Members of the Hispanic American Law Students Association pose for a group photo at the Diversity in Law Banquet

News

Law expert argues in print, before judges to follow arbitration precedent, not 'outlier' rulings

Professor Stephen Ware has written an article and spoken at judicial and academic conferences urging courts to follow the many precedents enforcing arbitration agreements notwithstanding “rejection” in bankruptcy.

KU Law earns top-15 Best Value ranking

KU Law is the No. 13 Best Value Law School, according to National Jurist. The rankings recognize affordable law schools whose graduates do well on the bar exam and find law jobs.

Law Review Symposium to explore the evolving laws of parenting

How do laws that protect, regulate, or otherwise imagine parenting affect the rights of children and childhood outcomes? On Nov. 15, the Kansas Law Review Symposium will host a panel of scholars to respond to that question.

Law professor can discuss 'equality on the ballot,' marginalized communities

As the midterm elections draw near, a slate of proposed laws and initiatives regarding the LGBTQ community, transgender athletes and related topics are on ballots across the nation.

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