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 legal education went south. The school didn’t want standards to go south with it or place more students into a weakened job market.

So it began downsizing class sizes, dropping from 175 a few years ago to around 120 students in the 2013 class.

“We view this as an opportunity to right-size the law school,” Dean Stephen Mazza told the Kansas City Business Journal in 2013. “If and when applications do turn around, it’s also an opportunity for KU to be more selective.”

And the results? The school is thrilled with them. For one thing, the school jumped 18 spots in the recent U.S. News & World Report rankings to No. 68.

“Four years ago, KU Law the made the decision to reduce the size of our incoming classes to reflect the realities of a challenging legal market,” Mazza said. “The smaller classes are now beginning to graduate, and our employment outcomes have improved considerably. In addition, a lower student-faculty ratio ensures that students get even more face time with professors whose hallmark has always been accessibility.”

The University of Kansas is also a bargain. It ranked 18th in preLaw’s 2014 ranking of Best Value Law Schools. The average debt is below $80,000. The school is based in Lawrence, a happening college town.

The school has placed much emphasis on helping students get jobs — and not just in the courthouse down the street. (Even though those jobs are more than welcome, too.) 

“Our Career Services Office is second to none at getting to know our students and their passions and then carefully matching them with employers in the region and across the country,” Mazza said. “Our innovative, new Traveling ‘On-Campus’ Interview Program takes students to interview in some of the most dynamic legal markets in the nation, with all travel costs covered by the law school.”

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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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Business, Corporate, Banking
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Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law
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