2-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers


Compete in a global economy.

For overseas students who already hold a foreign law degree, the Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers prepares attorneys to compete in a global economy with full credentials in the U.S.
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Program overview

The Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is for overseas students who already hold a foreign law degree and are prepared to complete a J.D. on an accelerated timetable. The program prepares attorneys who can compete in a global economy with full credentials in the United States and one or more additional jurisdictions.

While on campus, students benefit from classes taught by distinguished faculty members. International students can enjoy life in Lawrence – which is recognized as one of the best college towns in America – and meet highly motivated colleagues from around the country and the world. 

From KU Law's perspective, students with foreign law degrees bring valuable diversity and professionalism to the classroom and expand the school's excellent global professional network of students and graduates.

A successful candidate is admitted with 30 transfer credits and is eligible to complete the degree at the University of Kansas and sit for the bar examination in any state in the U.S.


Degrees & Programs for International Students

KU Law offers a Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies and a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.). The law school also offers a summer intensive Legal English Program for entering international students through KU's Applied English Center.

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Complementary Components

International students are integrated completely into the law school community, receiving full use of services such as advising and career placement. Additional offerings include KU Law's Free Bar Prep Program, the opportunity to connect with overseas visiting scholars, and study abroad programs.

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