University of Kansas School of Law

Coordinates: 38°57′23″N 95°15′15″W / 38.95639°N 95.25417°W / 38.95639; -95.25417
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University of Kansas
School of Law
University of Kansas wordmark
Parent schoolUniversity of Kansas
School typePublic law school
DeanStephen W. Mazza
LocationLawrence, Kansas, U.S.
USNWR ranking46th (tie) (2024)[3]
Bar pass rate96%[4]
ABA profileABA Profile

The University of Kansas School of Law is the law school of the University of Kansas, a public research university in Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas Law School was founded in 1893, replacing the earlier Department of Law, which had existed since 1878.[6] The school has more than 60 faculty members and approximately 315 students. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.[7]

With over 400,000 volumes, the Wheat Law Library at the University of Kansas School of Law is the second largest and oldest law library in the state of Kansas.[8][9]


For the class entering in 2023, the school accepted 48.71% of applicants with 32.84% of accepted applicants enrolling. The class had an average LSAT score of 160 and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.71.[10]

Centers and programs[edit]

  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy
  • Polsinelli Transactional Law Center
  • Tribal Law and Government Center
  • Advocacy Skills Certificate
  • Business and Commercial Law Certificate
  • Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Certificate
  • International Trade and Finance Certificate
  • Media, Law and Technology Certificate
  • Tax Law Certificate
  • Study Abroad Program

Ten clinical and field placement programs[11] permit students, acting under faculty supervision, to develop legal skills and learn professional values in actual practice settings: Criminal Prosecution Field Placement, Elder Law Field Placement, Judicial Field Placement, Legal Aid Clinic, 6th Semester in Washington, D.C. Externship, Medical-Legal Partnership Field Placement, Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies, and Tribal Judicial Support Clinic.[12]

Publications at the University of Kansas School of Law[edit]

  • The Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • The Kansas Law Review
  • KU Law Magazine
  • Dean's Note
  • Hearsay: News from KU's Wheat Law Library


The first-year curriculum includes Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, and Property.[13] In addition, students take Lawyering I and II, legal writing classes designed to teach legal research and writing in a context that emphasizes professionalism and practical skills. All first-year students have one of their classes in a small section of approximately 20 students, providing an informal learning atmosphere.


According to The University of Kansas official 2020 ABA-required disclosures, 72% of the Class of 2019 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment 10 months after graduation.[14]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the University of Kansas for the 2020–2021 academic year was $40,421 for residents of Kansas and $46,456 for residents of other states.[15] 90 percent of students received grants for the 2020–2021 academic year.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "University of Kansas". Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "University of Kansas" (PDF). Standard 509 Information Report. ABA. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "University of Kansas". Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved April 8, 2024.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2020-06-27. Retrieved 2020-06-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "University of Kansas". Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  6. ^ About KU Law
  7. ^ KU Law at a glance
  8. ^ Wheat Law Library
  9. ^ "About the Law Library".
  10. ^ "Kansas, University of - 2023 Standard 509 Information Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Hands-On Learning".
  12. ^ LSAC Law School Description
  13. ^ Course descriptions
  14. ^ "ABA Employment Summary Class of 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Tuition, Fees and Residency".
  16. ^ "KU Law Standard 509 Information Report 2021" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Judge Lawrence "Larry" Meyers, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: Place 2 (D)". The Texas Tribune. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.

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