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

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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 schedule a virtual meeting. 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, three U.S. territories and nearly 30 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.
305
KU Law is home to 305 J.D. students who come to Lawrence from colleges and universities across the U.S. (as of Oct. 5, 2020).

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.

A group of students poses at the annual Diversity in Law Banquet

News

KU Law, Wichita State partner to expand accelerated bachelor's, law degree program

Wichita State is the third Regents university to partner with KU Law’s LEAD program. LEAD program students earn a bachelor’s degree and a KU Law degree in six years instead of seven.

Proposed law changes show less financial transparency may be good in some cases, professor writes

A new study by KU Law Associate Professor Alexander Platt examines ways that SEC regulations on institutional investor disclosures can shape the corporate governance ecosystem.

KU Law ranks 16th for faculty scholarly impact among public law schools

Law ranks 16th in the nation among public law schools and 40th overall for scholarly impact, according to a new study. The study measures scholarly impact based on law journal citations to the work of tenured faculty members over the past five years.

Law professor named co-principal investigator in inaugural year of digital storytelling grant project

Najarian R. Peters has been selected to be one of two lead co-principal investigators in the inaugural year of a three-year, $1,478,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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