University of Kansas was founded in 1878. KU Law has been open to all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. We are proud of this history, and we remain committed to providing access to a legal education for men and women of all religions, ethnicities and physical abilities. KU Law takes pride in its ability to offer a world-class legal education at a reasonable rate of tuition. Our students graduate with an average debt burden far below the amounts found at other law schools. Affordability means choice for our graduates, who can choose to start their careers serving the public, clerking for the judicial system, or pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities in law.
The Juris Doctor program at KU Law prepares students to be outstanding members of the legal profession, well educated in the law, with a commitment to public service and professional achievement. A rigorous and engaging curriculum challenges students to solve problems thoughtfully and analytically. Required courses lay a solid foundation in the general principles of law and its practice in a changing legal environment, while a broad array of upper-level offerings empower students to tailor an education to fit their unique interests. KU Law students develop their expertise in the classroom and in the field, perfecting legal analysis and writing, developing professional skills, and then putting their knowledge to work on real cases through one of the most extensive clinical and externship programs in the nation.
KU Law offers 11 degree programs in which students may simultaneously pursue a Juris Doctor and a graduate degree from a dozen other professional schools and departments at the University of Kansas. The programs allow students to condense the length of study that would be required if they were working toward the degrees separately. Students must apply separately to the law school and the companion graduate program.
2-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
For overseas students who already hold a foreign law degree, the 2-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is distinctly marketable to employers. An attorney with full credentials in the United States and one or more additional jurisdictions is in high demand in the global economy.
While on campus, students will benefit from classes taught by distinguished faculty members; enjoy life in Lawrence, one of the best college towns in America; and meet other 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.
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 the breadth of American law. Students who complete the LL.M. are ready for the further study of law in the United States, select bar examinations, and the practice of law internationally. KU Law offers one of the most affordable international LL.M. programs in the United States. Candidates must hold a basic law degree (LL.B. or equivalent) from an accredited foreign college or university, or a J.D. from an accredited American law school.
Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
The School of Law is one of the few law schools in the United States to offer a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), the terminal degree in law. 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. Candidates must hold a basic law degree (LL.B.) and a master’s (LL.M.) or a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; show an accomplished academic record; and compose an original, thoughtful dissertation proposal that introduces the research topic the candidate intends to pursue, explains its importance and presents an initial argument that the candidate plans to develop as an S.J.D. candidate.
JD/MBA (Business Law)
The objective of this program is to combine into four years of study the three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the two-year MBA program offered by the School of Business. This program is designed to offer the student an opportunity to train in the convergent fields of law and business management, particularly those intending to engage in corporate law practice, or to enter business using law training as background.
Wheat Law Library
Wheat Law Library is an integral part of the School of Law, serving the law school and university community in legal and interdisciplinary scholarly pursuits and providing access to legal information for legal professionals and the general public.
Reference Collection Special legal reference materials available on the Second Floor are local Shepard’s Citators, indexes to legal periodical literature, and directories of attorneys and law firms. The collection also includes dictionaries, bibliographies, a few local telephone books and other finding aids of both a legal and general nature. Reserve Materials These materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk and can be checked out for four hours. A library staff member will retrieve the item you need.
Included are: Titles in heavy demand, Faculty reserve items, and SJD dissertations. A list of materials on reserve may be accessed in the KU Libraries Online Catalog. Online Services Computers in the library provide access to a wide number of databases. Some of the databases are only indexes; others provide bibliographic information or actual data including statutes, regulations and cases. Please see a reference librarian for assistance with any of these services. Some require special passwords for access while others are easily accessed without assistance. Computer Lab All KU students/staff can access the wireless network within the Law School. Suite 306D houses computers exclusively for the convenience of law students. There are desktops outside of Suite 306. Computers for law students provide word processing, web browsing, and Multi-State Bar Exam Drills plus many other options. Microform Collection This collection in the Reserve Area contains Native American resources, Supreme Court Records & Briefs, and various other archival materials. The microform reader/printer/scanner is available free of charge; please ask at the Reference Desk.
The University of Kansas School of Law
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