International Student Admissions

International Degree Programs at KU Law

KU Law offers a first-class program in international law at a major research university. International degree programs include the Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers, LL.M. in American Legal Studies and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.).
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International students are integrated completely into the law school community, receiving full use of services such as advising and career placement

Our professors are scholars and lawyers recognized nationally and abroad as leaders in their fields. With decades of experience in the classroom, faculty members challenge and engage students in small class settings.

Conferences and guest lectures, study abroad opportunities, international moot court programs, active student organizations and a friendly, cosmopolitan environment round out the international student experience. 

Set in one of the top-ranked college towns in the United States, KU Law is an excellent place for international and domestic students to begin or expand their legal careers.


Steven Freedman, Associate Dean

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International Programs & Resources

LL.M. in American Legal Studies

The LL.M. in American Legal Studies provides students who already hold a law degree with an introduction to American law. LL.M. graduates are ready for further study of law in the U.S., select bar examinations and the practice of law internationally. KU Law offers one of the nation's most affordable LL.M. degrees.

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Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

KU is one of the few law schools in the U.S. to offer a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree. The S.J.D. program is designed for students interested in deep legal research and writing, and a career as a legal scholar or a senior public official.

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

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 U.S.

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Legal English Program

The law school offers a Legal English Program for entering international students through KU's Applied English Center. The four-week summer program helps students prepare for law school.

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Complementary Programs

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Overseas Visiting Scholars Program

The law school regularly hosts visiting scholars from around the world. These scholars are warmly welcomed into the life of the law school and receive access to law school services.
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Study Abroad Programs

KU Law offers long-standing summer programs in Ireland and Turkey. Students can also choose to spend a semester studying at partner schools in Trento, Italy or Aberdeen, Scotland.
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International & Comparative Law Curriculum

The law school offers a robust and exciting International & Comparative Law Program, complete with specialized course offerings, activities, student opportunities and more.
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Free Bar Prep Program

All KU Law students, including international students, have access to the school’s innovative Free Bar Prep Program. The comprehensive program includes a post-graduation Themis Bar Review course.

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