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Jake McMillian

Jake McMillian

3L  |  Kansas City, KS  |  Ottawa University  |  jmcmillian@ku.edu

Hi! Welcome to the University of Kansas School of Law. My name is Jake McMillian, and I am a 3L from Kansas City, Kansas. I received a bachelor’s in English and business administration from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. (I’m not from Canada, as many people suspect when I tell them where I went to undergrad!).

As a Kansas native who has lived in the same 50-mile radius my entire life, I can tell you with complete honesty that I was anxious to do a bit of geographic exploration when I went to law school. As such, I began my law school hunt with applications to 11 schools dotting the country from New York to California and all the way down to Arizona. To my surprise, my applications reaped an abundant catch, and my goals of venturing outside of my home state were suddenly realized.

But as I toured the campuses of these “dream schools” in the sprawling metropolises where I had always imagined myself, I felt like there was something missing. The glamour of city life in a faraway state was apparent all around me, but I had an unshakeable lack of connection. I returned home to Kansas feeling more confused than ever. I then received an invitation to tour KU Law, and I decided to give it a shot.

Upon entering Green Hall, I suddenly understood what I had been searching for all along: a sense of community. As a law school, KU seeks students who will not only help carry on a stellar academic reputation, but students who will also add to a diverse class filled with varied backgrounds, skills, stories and legal interests. The diverse and supportive community at KU Law teaches students how to represent clients with wide-ranging needs and allows us to taste the whole of human experience, ultimately making us better-equipped and more effective members of the legal community.

For me, my time at KU Law has sharpened my skills as a legal advocate. Last summer, I interned at a boutique LGBT litigation and family law firm in Kansas City — the only firm of its kind in the metro area — focusing primarily on domestic issues and discrimination claims involving LGBT clients. Although Kansas and the Midwest are sometimes perceived as regions that don’t fully appreciate the necessity of effective litigation for LGBT citizens, KU has provided the requisite training and support for me to pursue the goals that brought me to law school in the first place.

At the end of the day, I couldn’t be happier with my choice to stay in Kansas (and especially Lawrence!) for law school. I am anxious to see the doors that are opened to me as a KU Law student, and I look forward to sharing my experience with potential KU students. I hope you take the time to visit Green Hall and experience this incredible learning community!

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