The University of Kansas School of Law

The University of Kansas School of Law

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Go small. That was the strategy devised by the leadership at the University of Kansas School of Law when applications began to drop nationwide. The school didn’t want standards to go south with it. So it began downsizing class sizes, dropping from 175 a in 2011 to around 110 students.

And the results? The school is thrilled with them. For one thing, the school jumped several spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Even more important, the smaller classes have helped the school improve its employment rate to 85.63 for the Class of 2017.

The school has placed much emphasis on helping students get jobs — and not just in the courthouse down the street. the school's career services office makes a strong effort at getting to know students and their passions and carefully matching them with employers in the region and across the country. It hosts an innovative Traveling ‘On-Campus’ Interview Program that takes students to interview in some of the most dynamic legal markets in the nation.

The school also has an impressive bar pass rate. Its ultimate bar pass rate for the Class of 2015 was 97.3 percent. Not content with that rate, the school is launching a program that will provide a free post-graduation bar exam and MPRE preparation course.

The program builds on our outstanding bar pass track record, guaranteeing that every KU Law student has access to the resources they need to succeed on the bar exam without the financial pressure associated with a bar review course," Dean Stephen Mazza said. 

The University of Kansas is also a bargain. It consistently ranks in the top 20 in preLaw’s Best Value Law Schools, with an average debt below $80,000. The school is rolling our a new program that will reduce nonresident tuition to 150 percent of the resident rate. 

“We continually strive to increase the value of a KU Law degree," said Mazza. "Our students already graduate with the 17th lowest average loan debt in the nation. This price drop demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing a high-quality legal education that is affordable, accessible and proven to prepare graduates to pass the bar and excel in whatever career they choose.”



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75th Percentile1593.7
25th Percentile1513.17
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$15000
Percent receiving grants85.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 85.80%
NJ Employment81.50
Bar Passage86.73%
Academic Profile
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