Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The KU School of Law is committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the law school community.

Overview

Fostering a welcoming environment for all members of the KU Law community is essential to achieving the law school’s educational mission.

Three advisory committees at the law school – the Faculty & Staff Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, the student-led Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council and the alumni Diversity Advisory Council – support diversity and inclusion through workshops, events and presentations.

Through prelaw and recruiting programs, career development and training opportunities, KU Law is dedicated to increasing access, support and representation within the law school and the legal profession.


Programs and Initiatives

Advisory Committees

Three advisory committees support diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives at KU Law: the student-led Dean's Diversity Leadership Council, the Faculty and Staff Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, and the alumni Diversity Advisory Council.

Prelaw Programs

KU Law's admissions office hosts events for prelaw students during the year. Programs include the LSAT Fee Award, which covers entrance exam fees for selected KU students.

Student Organizations

Student affinity organizations at KU Law provide support and advocacy for students of all backgrounds. Organizations promote community involvement, plan service and social activities, and collaborate to recruit and mentor new students. Membership is open to all students.

Two members of the Black Law Students Association load boxes of donated food into a food bank truck.

Diversity in Law Banquet

The annual Diversity in Law Banquet celebrates diversity in the legal profession. Student groups take turns hosting the event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Diversity in Law Scholarship.

Diversity in Law Banquet program with rainbow design

University Resources

The University of Kansas is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practices across campus. Law students are encouraged to engage with campus offices and resources.

A law student in graduation regalia holds up a Jayhawk necklace

Admissions Criteria

The University of Kansas School of Law seeks to admit a highly qualified and diverse class, one that consists of persons who, individually and collectively, show great promise of contributing to and succeeding in the study and practice of law.  We review each application holistically and strive to admit talented, diverse, and dedicated students who will not only make an impact inside the law school during their time at KU Law, but who will also make a positive impact in the legal profession after graduation.

There are no infallible measurements or predictors of academic success or legal ability. Admission decisions are based on a variety of criteria that suggest such promise, including undergraduate course work and grades; LSAT scores; employment; professional or volunteer experience; leadership in school or civic activities; unique qualities and achievements; diversity of background and experience; and demonstrated ability to overcome financial or other disadvantages. The committee also considers the applicant’s interest in or connections to Kansas or the University of Kansas.

Each year, our goal is to admit a class reflective of America’s population and to ensure access to the legal profession to all persons. 

At the University of Kansas School of Law, we support the ideals expressed by the American Bar Association and are committed to providing “full opportunities for the study of law and entry into the profession by members of underrepresented groups, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, and a commitment to having a student body that is diverse with respect to gender, race, and ethnicity.”

While no one factor will be considered determinative in the decision process, the Admissions Committee may consider the following factors, among others, as contributing to the diversity of our law school when making admissions and scholarship decisions:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Cultural background
  • Bilingual or multilingual abilities
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity
  • Academic background and credentials
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • First-generation college student
  • Geographic diversity
  • Financial, social, family, physical or educational hardships
  • Previous career before pursuing higher education
  • Service to community
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Urban/rural background
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Military or veteran status
  • Tribal affiliation/tribal membership
  • International background or experience
  • Other unique contributions

University of Kansas Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

School of Law Nondiscrimination Policy



Upcoming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

Questions?

Jamila Jefferson-Jones
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Professor of Law
jeffersonjones@ku.edu
785-864-5692

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