KU is excited to offer the LEAD: Legal Educated Accelerated Degree Program. This innovative 3+3 program allows KU students to earn a B.A. and a J.D. in six years instead of seven.LEAD at KU
As a LEADer, you will have the opportunity to:
- Earn a B.A. and J.D. in six years
- Be guaranteed admission to KU Law after your junior year, provided that you meet the admission requirements
- Have opportunities to connect with KU Law professors and students prior to your admission
- Prepare for your career through specialized law-related educational activities and internships opportunities
Visit the LEAD Program website through KU's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for application instructions and more information about the program for KU undergraduate students.
Students at state universities across Kansas have the opportunity to accelerate their legal education and save a year of tuition. KU Law has LEAD 3 Plus 3 Program partnerships with three state universities:
- University of Kansas - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Kansas State University
- Wichita State University - Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Students spend three years on requirements for a bachelor’s degree from their undergraduate institution and three years on requirements for a KU law degree.
Student Testimonial: The right place at the right time
Zachary Kelsay, L'21
Ever since I was a little kid, I have wanted to be a lawyer. When my mom would read stories to me before bed, I remember there was a book all about people who work (construction workers, teachers, doctors, etc.). However, like most kids for no rational reason, I only wanted my mom to read one page: the one with the people in suits carrying briefcases and talking to a jury.
I chose KU because of one thing: the LEAD program. The LEAD program allows students to “double-dip” their undergrad elective credits with their first year of law classes to get a Bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor in six years.
Though I am younger than most of my peers, Green Hall is a very supportive environment where people of many different experiences contribute to the school’s character.
Student Testimonial: From newbie to whiz kid
Samantha Wagner, L'19
“The best three years of your life that you will never want to experience again.” That was how a current lawyer and mentor described law school to me. And let me tell you, he was right.
The first year of law school is the most challenging, stressful thing I have ever done. That being said, I am loving law school! It is amazing, and I have made closer friends in the last few months than I had through years of undergrad.