Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The KU School of Law is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion 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 volunteer committees support diversity, equity and inclusion 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 and inclusion 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

To build a diverse community, the university considers, in addition to academic credentials, the following criteria for student admission decisions, scholarship recognition and program participation. While each factor is significant, no one factor will be considered determinative in the decision process:

  • Bilingual or multilingual abilities
  • Cultural background
  • Ethnicity
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • First-generation college student
  • Geographic diversity
  • Financial, social, family, physical or educational hardships
  • Previous career before pursuing higher education
  • Race
  • Service to community
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Urban/rural background
  • 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).



Upcoming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

Questions?

Jordan Carter
Visiting Assistant Professor
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
jordancarter@ku.edu
785-864-2081

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