University of Kansas School of Law

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 aligns with the unique strengths of KU Law:

  • The people: offering students personal access to nationally recognized legal scholars who care deeply about teaching and mentoring.
  • The program: integrating one of the nation’s leading clinical law programs with 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.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.

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.

Application Deadline April 15
Tuition Fee $21,211.28 - First year; $5,433.35 - Subsequent years
Credits 22
Languages English
Location 1535 W 15th St, Lawrence, KS 66045, United States
Description The University of Kansas 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.

Recent S.J.D. graduates are working as faculty at universities in Egypt, Taiwan and Japan; and policy researchers at private firms in the U.S.

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.
Language Requirement Applicants must establish English proficiency as evidenced by TOEFL exam scores or successful completion of a basic law degree, or master’s degree, from a program conducted in English. KU Law may require the submission of a TOEFL score or request a personal interview for a candidate who holds an LL.M.


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