KU Law Viewbook | 2014-15
At KU Law, we don't define value in traditional terms. Instead, we ask ourselves what we can provide to our students that will enable them to excel in whatever career they choose. The answer lies in the unique strengths of KU Law: the people, the program, the possibilities, the place.
2014-2015 A law school WHERE VALUE MATTERS. At KU Law, we don’t define value in traditional terms. Instead, we ask ourselves what we can provide to our students that will enable them to excel in whatever career they choose. The answer lies in the unique strengths of KU Law: u The THE PEOPLE 2 Stephen Mazza Dean & Professor of Law people: offering students personal access to nationally recognized legal scholars program: integrating one of the nation’s leading clinical law programs with who care deeply about teaching and mentoring. traditional classroom curriculum so our graduates will be prepared to practice law in a number of fields or use their legal education to excel in business, government or public interest. possibilities: awarding a degree that is recognized in Kansas and throughout the nation, and becoming part of a 7,400-strong network of dedicated and talented alumni who are always willing to help a fellow Jayhawk. place: living in Lawrence, Kansas, one of the nation’s favorite college towns filled with vibrant, engaging people and institutions that promote community and growth. u The u The u The The University of Kansas was established by activists who envisioned a free state in which every citizen would have legal rights and the protection of the law. We continue to educate students armed with the knowledge and skills to be strong advocates for their clients and bold leaders in their communities. Make a wise choice: Join KU. THE PROGRAM 8 THE POSSIBILITIES 16 20 THE PLACE Professor Martin Dickinson leads students on a walk to â€œoldâ€? Green Hall, the former home of the law school. The trek is an annual tradition for members of the graduating class. On the cover: Graduates Tori Whitehead (left) and Adrien Piercy happily join their classmates for the 2014 hooding ceremony. 1 THE PEOPLE Melanie Wilson brings her extensive litigation experience, including time as a United States attorney, to her teaching and scholarship. She authors a criminal law casebook, and news media consult her frequently for her expertise in that area. “Teaching law is a privilege I revere. My rigorous and interactive teaching style is designed to encourage intellectual curiosity, promote the open and professional exchange of diverse ideas, and spur reasoned analysis and personal and professional growth.” You’re coming to law school to learn, right? SO LEARN FROM THE BEST. Our faculty members are scholars and lawyers recognized nationally and abroad as experts in their fields. A third have written the casebooks used in their classrooms and frequently at law schools across the country. They are practitioners with decades of experience. At KU Law, these respected legal minds will challenge and engage you. They’ll also offer advice and guidance when you need it. Law faculty offices surround and open into the heart of Green Hall, the Wheat Law Library. So you’re never more than a few steps away from your teachers and mentors, and their doors are always open to students. Raj Bhala has earned international acclaim for his scholarship on international finance and Islamic law and is often quoted in the national media. He is the author of “Modern GATT Law” and “International Trade Law,” both widely adopted at law schools across the U.S. 2 “World class: Those two words summarize the level of excellence to which I aim for my students. I am passionate about training them to be global leaders in international and comparative law, especially international business law. The results Raj Bhala show; our graduates go on to first-rate Rice Distinguished Professor positions around the world.” q Melanie Wilson Professor of Law Two KU Law faculty members served as U.S. Supreme Court clerks. Martin Dickinson Distinguished Professor of Law A nationally known authority on tax law, Martin Dickinson authors a casebook on estate and gift taxation. Members of the Kansas Legislature often call upon Dickinson to share his expertise on tax law and policy. He is also universally beloved by current and former students for his dedication to teaching and advising. q One-third of full-time faculty members have authored casebooks and treatises. â€œContrary to popular belief, tax law is among the most dynamic of law fields. There is constant change. In class we discuss political issues that bear on taxation, and we closely follow frequent proposals for tax reform. We also address broader issues related to taxation, such as the national debt problem. This is the foundation for our major effort: using the problem method to determine the practical effect of the tax law on typical citizens.â€? 3 FACULTY RAJ BHALA Associate Dean, International and Comparative Law; Rice Distinguished Professor | J.D., Harvard International Trade Law, Islamic Law, Public International Law MARTIN B. DICKINSON Robert A. Schroeder Distinguished Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Estate Planning, Taxation VIRGINIA HARPER HO Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Harvard Chinese Law, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law ELIZABETH SEALE CATEFORIS CHRISTOPHER R. DRAHOZAL MICHAEL H. HOEFLICH Clinical Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Kansas Advanced Criminal Procedure, Capital Punishment, Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Development; John M. Rounds Distinguished Professor of Law | J.D., Iowa Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Law, Contracts John H. and John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law Ph.D., Cambridge; J.D.,Yale Copyright, Law and the Arts, Legal History, Professional Responsibility SHELLEY HICKMAN CLARK CHELSI K. HAYDEN M.A. KAUTSCH Clinical Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Kansas Historic Preservation, Legal Aid Clinic, Poverty Law Director of Prelaw Studies; Lecturer in Law | J.D., Kansas Lawyering Skills Professor of Law | J.D., Iowa Media Law, Media Law Clinic, Torts KATIE CRONIN JOHN W. HEAD PAMELA V. KELLER Clinical Associate Professor of Law | J.D.,Vanderbilt Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law | J.D.,Virginia Comparative Law, International Commerce and Investment, International Economic Law, Public International Law Clinical Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Kansas Judicial Clerkship Clinic, Lawyering Skills, Moot Court MICHAEL J. DAVIS RICHARD E. LEVY Centennial Teaching Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Land Development, Property, The State and Religion EDWIN W. HECKER JR. Professor of Law | J.D., Wayne State Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Law | J.D., Chicago Administrative Law, Introduction to Constitutional Law, Legislation QUINTON D. LUCAS PHILLIP E. DELATORRE Professor of Law | J.D., Harvard Trusts and Estates, Property, Sports Law LAURA J. HINES Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Remedies Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Cornell Administrative Law, Contracts 4 STEPHEN W. MAZZA Dean and Professor of Law | J.D., Alabama; LL.M., NYU Professional Responsibility, Tax Policy, Tax Procedure, Taxation THOMAS G. STACY Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law, First Amendment, Introduction to Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence STEPHEN R. MCALLISTER E.S. and Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law | J.D., Kansas Constitutional Litigation, Introduction to Constitutional Law, State Constitutional Law, Torts ELLEN E. SWARD Professor of Law | J.D., Harvard Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Jurisdiction SANDRA CRAIG MCKENZIE Professor of Law; Director, Elder Law LL.M. Program | J.D., New Mexico Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Government, Property ANDREW W. TORRANCE Professor of Law | J.D./Ph.D., Harvard Biodiversity Law, Food and Drug Law, Intellectual Property, Patent Law LUMEN N. MULLIGAN Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Litigation, Federal Courts, Jurisdiction SUZANNE VALDEZ Clinical Professor of Law | J.D., Kansas Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Deposition Skills Workshop, Practice in Kansas, Pretrial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility Stephen McAllister Distinguished Professor of Law A nationally known authority on constitutional law, Stephen McAllister co-authored the definitive casebook on state constitutional law. He was a two-time clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued before the high court five times. McAllister also serves as Kansas solicitor general. UMA OUTKA Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Maine Energy Law, Environmental Law, Property STEPHEN J. WARE JOYCE A. MCCRAY PEARSON Professor of Law | J.D., Chicago Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Contracts Associate Professor of Law; Director, Wheat Law Library | J.D., Washburn Advanced Legal Research, Law and Literature ELIZABETH A. KRONK WARNER JOHN C. PECK Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Federal Indian Law, Native American Natural Resources, Property Connell Teaching Professor in Kansas Law | J.D., Kansas Contracts, Family Law, Land Transactions, Water Law WILLIAM E. WESTERBEKE JEAN GILLES PHILLIPS Professor of Law | J.D., Stanford Products Liability, Torts, Workers’ Compensation Clinical Professor of Law | J.D., Kansas Criminal Practice in Kansas, Criminal Procedure, Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies MELANIE D. WILSON Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Professor of Law | J.D., Georgia Art of Advocacy, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence DENNIS D. PRATER Connell Teaching Professor in Kansas Law | J.D., Kansas Advanced Litigation, Evidence, Practice in Kansas LUA YUILLE Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Columbia Immigration, Property JOYCE ROSENBERG Director of Externship Program; Lecturer in Law | J.D., Kansas Externship Clinic, Lawyering Skills COREY RAYBURN YUNG Professor of Law | J.D.,Virginia Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Sex Crimes “In class, I strive to challenge the students to engage in intellectually sophisticated thinking about the law, but also to recognize and appreciate the pragmatic and practical concerns and limitations that lawyers often face in handling actual cases.” ELINOR P. SCHROEDER Paul E. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Law | J.D., Michigan Disability Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Labor Law JAN SHELDON Courtesy Professor of Law | J.D./Ph.D., Kansas Alternative Dispute Resolution, Juvenile Law BETSY BRAND SIX Director of Academic Resources; Lecturer in Law | J.D., Stanford Lawyering Skills GET TO KNOW US law.ku.edu/faculty 5 q q 33: conviction reversals by students in KU’s Project for Innocence since 2009. 29th: National ranking for lowest average student loan debt at graduation. WE DON’T MEAN TO BRAG, BUT... q q Study abroad programs in Istanbul, Dublin and Limerick, London, and Beijing. How will you choose? 7,400+: KU Law alumni, in all 50 states D.C. and 18 foreign countries. They’ve got your back. q Students in the entering class of 2013 came from 19 states and 58 universities. q q International finalists: in Jessup International Law and European Law Students’ Association WTO moot court competitions. 10.78-to-1: ranked 37th in the nation for best student-to-faculty ratio. Know your professors. 6 q 12 clinics and externships with more than 400 positions available for 360 students (2013-14). Gain hands-on experience. q 90,000: population of Lawrence, Kansas. Not too big, not too small. q q 12: joint degrees open to KU Law students with interdisciplinary interests. Leverage the power of a Tier 1 Research University. q 18th: national ranking for â€œbest valueâ€? law school. q Students come to KU from roughly 100 countries each year. Expand your network. Top 25% of all law schools for 2013 grads in full-time, long-term JD-required and JD-advantage positions. 7 THE PROGRAM Build a strong foundation in theory. Gain real-world experience. THEN FINE-TUNE YOUR FUTURE. At the University of Kansas School of Law, you’ll discover the tools you need to become an outstanding member of the legal profession, well-educated in the law and committed to professional achievement and public service. You will start with a powerful foundation in the general principles of law and its practice in a changing legal environment. Then we help you tailor your education to fit your interests — in international law, trial advocacy, environmental law, tribal law or a dozen other areas. Develop your expertise in the classroom and in the field — through theory and practice. In class, you will be involved in a dialogue built upon your examination of cases and statutes. You will perfect legal analysis and writing, and develop professional skills. Then you can apply your know-how to real cases in any of KU Law’s 12 clinical and externship programs. But your first year comes first. What can you expect? q Two centers for excellence at KU Law focus on advocacy and tribal law. 8 q Four out of eight first-year law classes are taught in small sections. THE FIRST YEAR: an intimate setting All first-year students take Lawyering, a course that focuses on the skills and values of the legal profession. Faculty members with extensive practice experience meet with students in a traditional classroom setting and in small groups. By the end of your first year, you will have prepared a brief and argued a summary judgment motion. You will also take one of your other required first-year courses in a small section of about 20 students. The benefits? u Personal interaction with professors who provide q highly individualized feedback. informal learning atmosphere that encourages opportunity to bond with your classmates, in-depth discussion and critical analysis. building personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime. u An First-year small sections often become tight-knit social and study groups. u The First-year required courses include: u Civil Procedure Law u Lawyering u Property u Torts Skills I and II u Contracts u Criminal I u Introduction to Constitutional Law 9 q THE SUMMER START ADVANTAGE First-year students may choose to begin their studies either in the summer or the fall. Summer starters begin law school in late May and enjoy the following benefits: Small class sizes Summer start classes are significantly smaller than typical first-year law classes. Start with a lighter load Youâ€™ll work hard in summer school, but youâ€™ll only be taking two classes at a time. Flexible start Summer starters get an 8-credit head start on completing the 90 credits required to graduate, creating the opportunity to take fewer credits per semester and still graduate on time. Accelerated Program Summer starters who choose the Accelerated Program can complete their J.D. in a little over two years by attending school during summer and winter sessions. Combined with one of our joint degree programs, students can complete two degrees in as few as three years. About 25 students in each entering class begin law school in the summer. q Summer starters who choose the Accelerated Program spend less money on school and living expenses. 10 RISE AND SPECIALIZE: upper-level courses and concentrations Once you’ve conquered your firstyear requirements, you’ll have access to more than 100 upper-level courses in a variety of practice areas, from agricultural law to sports law. Many are seminars, simulation courses, directed research or clinics. Among the intriguing offerings are Digital Privacy Rights in an Open Society, Islamic Law, Introduction to Copyright in Literary and Artistic Works, Indian Gaming, Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations, Water Law, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Seminar. These courses come to life in a smaller setting. Two-thirds of upper-level classes at KU Law have 25 or fewer students. With a consistently low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll get individual attention from leading scholars and practitioners who have been where you’re going. q u Business With emphasis Curriculum guides are available in the following areas of interest: and Commercial Law Law Law and Natural Certificate programs KU Law prepares students for practice in almost every field. If you find a niche, we can help you develop your specialty. In addition to informal curriculum guides in more than a dozen areas of interest, we also offer eight certificate programs that allow you to hone your knowledge and skills: u Advocacy u Business u Constitutional u Criminal u Elder Law u Environmental Resources Law Practice Property Law Law and Business u General u Intellectual u International u Litigation u Media u Public u Tax Certificate and Commercial Law Certificate Law Certificate and Natural Resources Law Certificate Certificate and Technology Certificate Law Certificate Lawyer Certificate and Finance Law Law Law u Elder u Environmental Law u Tribal u International Trade u Media, Law u Tax Two-thirds of upper-level classes have 25 or fewer students. u Tribal LEARN MORE law.ku.edu/academics 11 DEGREE PROGRAMS In addition to the traditional three-year J.D., KU Law offers the following degrees: q Joint degrees u J.D./Master u J.D./Master of Business Administration of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures of Arts in Economics of Health Services Administration of Arts in Indigenous Studies of Science in Journalism of Arts in Philosophy of Arts in Political Science of Public Administration KU is the stateâ€™s flagship research university, providing rich interdisciplinary opportunities. u J.D./Master u J.D./Master u J.D./Master u J.D./Master u J.D./Master u J.D./Master u J.D./Master u J.D./Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies of Social Work of Urban Planning u J.D./Master u J.D./Master Other degrees u Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers Legal Studies q u LL.M. in American u LL.M. in u Doctor Elder Law of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) 2 student-run publications provide research and writing opportunities. Join the Kansas Law Review or the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. 12 LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE: skills courses, moot court, clinics KU Law was a pioneer in experiential learning and today provides a wide variety of substantive opportunities to engage in the practice of law. Students take and defend depositions, write and argue mock appellate briefs, represent federal inmates in post-conviction appeals and more — all under the direction of clinical faculty, practicing attorneys and judges. As a KU Law graduate, you will be equipped with the theoretical Selection workshops, providing invaluable guidance and feedback as students practice their skills with their peers. Moot court All KU Law students get a taste of moot court during their Lawyering class. Students write a summary judgment brief and engage in an oral argument before a “judge” (a law professor). For those interested in practicing and advancing their appellate advocacy skills, KU offers a Second-Year In-House Moot Court Competition in which teams write an appellate brief and give a mock argument before the “U.S. Supreme Court.” The top eight teams in this tournament form KU’s Moot Court Council and represent the law school in various national and international moot court competitions. KU Law teams consistently achieve success at the national and international levels, frequently winning top honors in brief writing and oral advocacy. RECENT MOOT COURT SUCCESSES Second place, buyer’s side: National Transactional LawMeet (New York) International finalists: European Law Students’ Association WTO Moot Court Competition (Geneva, Switzerland) Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Washington, D.C.) Best brief: Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (North American rounds, Denver) Top-5 oral advocate: Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Denver) and professional skills to succeed immediately as a new attorney. Skills courses The law school’s robust menu of professional skills courses provides students training in areas such as advanced litigation, estate planning, federal tax procedure, copyright law and trial advocacy. Beyond this more traditional classroom work, KU Law also offers three intensive simulation courses that allow students to gain hands-on experience in trial advocacy. Veteran attorneys teach the Deposition Skills, Expert Witness and Jury 13 q Jordan Carter, L’15 | Judicial Clinic “Spending time in chambers for the Judicial Clinic was like having four outstanding writers as my own teachers. The judge and his clerks trusted me with meaningful projects and gave me substantive, detailed feedback. As someone who wants to be a litigator, I gained tremendous insight into what makes a good legal writer, which I’ve found to be the number one skill of effective lawyers.” Every KU Law student can participate in at least one clinic during law school. CLINICS & EXTERNSHIPS KU Law offers 12 clinics and externships in which students translate classroom theory into real-world practice. We’re talking real clients, real cases and real opportunities to make a difference for individuals and communities. Not only will you be testing your knowledge and gaining confidence, but you’ll also be racking up the kind of experience that convinces employers you’re ready to hit the ground running. u Criminal u Elder Prosecution Clinic Clinic u Legislative u Media Clinic Partnership Clinic Law Externship Clinic Clinic Law Clinic u Externship u Judicial u Medical-Legal u Project u Public u Tribal u Legal Aid u Kansas for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies Policy Clinic Judicial Support Clinic Supreme Court Research Clinic 14 Aqmar Rahman, L’15 | Externship Clinic “My externship at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment allowed me to advance my skills in legal writing, analysis and creating legislation. I had the opportunity to work on a statute that may become law in Kansas in the upcoming legislative session. This type of real-world experience is priceless.” Jaime Whitt, L’15 Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic “A lot of clinics are seeing clients in a lastresort situation, and that gives students great experience solving legal problems. We certainly do that in the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, but we also anticipate legal barriers before they explode and try to clear them away so patients can focus on their health. It’s exciting work.” q Clinical students perform hundreds of hours of pro bono legal work for clients each year. GET HANDS-ON law.ku.edu/clinics 15 THE POSSIBILITIES Where can you go with a KU Law degree? ANYWHERE YOU WANT. KU Law alumni live and work in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and 18 foreign countries. They practice law in private firms, government agencies and public interest organizations. They run legal departments for corporations, communities, and collegiate and professional athletics associations. They lead corporations and nonprofits, negotiate international trade deals and handle estate planning for rural families. Our graduates are proof that a KU Law degree amplifies your potential. And the process starts as soon as you arrive at Green Hall. The Career Services Office partners with new students to develop an understanding of their individual passions, then helps them identify career opportunities and develop strategies to translate those passions into reality. Regional and national employers actively recruit KU Law graduates, a testament to how well-respected and versatile your degree will be in the region, across the United States and beyond. Couple that with a successful, diverse and loyal alumni network that extends from coast to coast and abroad, and you will become part of a dedicated family of alumni that will follow and support you throughout the arc of your career. q 20th: national ranking for KU Law grads promoted to partner at the nationâ€™s largest law firms in 2013. 16 q Outside of Kansas and Missouri, the highest concentration of KU Law alumni live and work in Washington, D.C. WHERE OUR GRADUATES GO: far and wide KU Law graduates from just the past five years practice in more than 30 states and 10 countries. They live and work on both coasts and throughout the Midwest. q committed to Kansas 足 Our graduates have a long history of leadership. From governors and senators to state and federal judges to heads of state and federal agencies, our alumni proudly serve the people of Kansas. They also answer the call for attorneys, judges and municipal leaders in big and small communities throughout Kansas and across the country. Jayhawk lawyers are everywhere. 7,450 KU Law alumni worldwide. EXPAND YOUR BORDERS law.ku.edu/employment 17 q More than 65 law firms and government agencies conducted over 650 on-campus interviews at KU Law during 2013-2014. CAREER DEVELOPMENT: individualized attention u Intensive and individualized career planning that begins in your first semester, identifying your unique interests and passions, and translating your vision into a personalized comprehensive career strategy. interviews conducted by top practitioners from u Mock the ranks of KU Law alumni, helping you develop interviewing skills and gain confidence. online relationship management system that allows Don Zavelo, L’78 | General Counsel National Hockey League Players’ Association (Toronto, Canada) u An you to store your employment documents, search for opportunities and apply for jobs from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, 24/7. mentoring program that pairs first-year students u A with practicing alumni attorneys, and networking opportunities like Legal Career Options Day and the Government Agencies Career Fair. traveling “on-campus” interview program that takes u A students to interview in select cities across the country, with expenses fully underwritten by the school. Services Alumni Network, consisting of KU Law “KU Law creates lawyers with a point of view; I knew from my first labor law class that I wanted to represent the interests of employees and their unions. Green Hall not only gave me a strong sense of what I could accomplish as a lawyer, but also emphasized the fundamentals, advocacy and good writing. While my work has since taken me from Kansas to the East Coast, that KU confidence and sense of what it means to be a lawyer continues to guide me all these years later.” u Career CHART YOUR COURSE law.ku.edu/careerservices graduates dedicated to working with students and offering critical advice about careers in the law. 18 The Hon. Julie A. Robinson, L’81 | Judge U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (Topeka, Kansas) Shawna Hilleary, L’98 | Solo Practitioner Hilleary Law (Nashville and Los Angeles) “KU prepared me not only for the practice of law in Kansas but the practice of law anywhere in the country. The professors taught practical skills needed for success. When I took the bar review course and exam in California, I knew the information from law school. KU is an excellent school that prepared me to be a lawyer.” “During my 18-year judicial career, the majority of my law clerks have been graduates of KU Law. They have excelled in a rigorous academic environment at KU, and are seasoned with practical experience through the many clinical opportunities available through KU Law. I receive hundreds of applicants from national, public and private institutions, and find that KU Law graduates are always among the strongest and best qualified.” q Lee Legleiter, L’11 | Associate Hampton & Royce (Salina, Kansas) The Career Services Office assists with career development for STUDENTS and ALUMNI. “KU Law cultivates a collaborative atmosphere to assist students in achieving career goals, which proved to be a great benefit for me. Frequent contact with alumni, personable professors and an emphasis on individualized relationships between students and administration enable both academic and career success.” 19 THE PLACE No matter where you’re coming from, YOU’LL BE AT HOME HERE. When you come to KU Law, you don’t just get an outstanding law school. You gain membership to a flagship research and teaching university — and all the intellectual, social and cultural benefits it has to offer. What’s more, you can live, work, study and play in Lawrence, ranked one of the best college towns in the country. Lawrence boasts eclectic shops, beautiful green spaces, and tons of music venues and art galleries. And no matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll find it on Massachusetts Street — from falafel to gourmet burgers to sushi. KU Law students take full advantage of opportunities outside the classroom. You can get involved in any of the more than 30 student organizations at the q law school alone, as well as over 600 campuswide. More than social clubs, many of these groups donate dollars and hours of service to the university and Lawrence communities. And if you’re into sports, you might be interested in knowing that the 2008 NCAA National Champion Jayhawk men’s basketball team plays its home games across the street from the law school. MSNBC put Lawrence on its “TOP 10 COLLEGE TOWNS” list. 20 q Lawrence is the seventh smartest city in the United States, according to Forbes.com. q KANSAS CITY, just 40 minutes east, offers an international airport, shopping, and entertainment. 21 q Grecia Perez, L’16 Black Law Students Association “Having a support system outside of the classroom and getting involved in the community provides a sense of purpose not found in a casebook. Law school can be stressful, but if you approach it with an emphasis on the bigger picture, it could turn into one of the greatest periods of your life. Getting involved in student groups and attending school-sponsored events is an excellent way to ensure that your law school experience remains a balanced adventure.” q Law students in TRAFFIC COURT handle appeals of campus parking tickets. STUDENT TRADITIONS Law school can be competitive, but KU Law students will tell you that Green Hall is a highly collegial place. Events sponsored by student organizations are among the most important law school traditions, involving the entire student body, faculty and staff, and driven by a dedication to public service. u Thanksgiving u Hope food drive Student organizations include everything from the Asian Law Students Association to the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. 22 Gala fundraiser for women’s charities in Law Banquet Relays toy drive u Diversity u Bluebook u Walk to “old” Green Hall u Christmas VISIT KU INDIVIDUAL VISITS YOU’RE REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO VISIT US to get a true sense of what life at KU Law is like. We love welcoming visitors to Green Hall! As our guest, you will have the chance to take a student-guided tour from one of our Student Ambassadors, sit in on a first-year law class and meet with an admissions staff member. Please stop by and find out from students what it’s like to be part of the KU Law community. SCHEDULE A TOUR law.ku.edu/visit OPEN HOUSES We host open houses each fall and winter for students interested in learning more about KU Law. Watch our website for dates and registration information. SAVE THE DATE law.ku.edu/admissions A GREAT PLACE TO BE law.ku.edu/visit 23 TIMELINE GETTING HERE FROM THERE. OCTOBER q SEPTEMBER q Oct. 22: KU Law Open House Visit Green Hall, sit in on a first-year class and learn from current students and faculty why KU Law is a great place to be. law.ku.edu/ openhouse A month-by-month look at deadlines. APRIL JANUARY q q Sept. 1: Application available law.ku.edu/apply q Sept. 27 or Sept. 29: Take the LSAT for the first time or again to improve your score. lsac.org Have your scores submitted to KU Law. Jan. 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available. fafsa.gov MARCH q April 1: Priority application deadline. FEBRUARY q March 1: Priority date to file the FAFSA. File earlier if you can. (You may still file after March 1, but your application will be late and your award may be smaller.) q Feb. 15: Priority application deadline for scholarship consideration. April 15: First seat deposit due. MAY q Photos: KU Marketing Communications, Mindie Paget, Steve Puppe, Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau, National Hockey League Players’ Association, Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY. 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