Karen Arnold-Burger, L'81

Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals

Karen Arnold-Burger
"Someone told me once that you don’t pick your practice, your practice picks you, and I think that’s right."

“When I went to law school I convinced myself that I wanted to be a labor lawyer; that was always my dream. My first job was at an energy corporation in Texas doing labor law. I wasn’t really enjoying what I was doing, so I came back to Kansas, took a job as a prosecutor, and from a person who felt like I never wanted to be in the courtroom, I fell in love with it. I continued through a prosecutor career, through the U.S. attorney’s office, and then back as a municipal judge, so it just all fell into place.”

“Someone told me once that you don’t pick your practice, your practice picks you, and I think that’s right. I knew KU had a great reputation and I knew I couldn’t go wrong here – the money was right.”

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance