The KU School of Law
is confronting challenges in legal education with an approach that is both innovative and responsive to the changing profession. Through rigorous classroom and clinical instruction, KU Law prepares students both to embark upon their careers and to become leaders in the legal community. And it does so at a price that allows students to pursue their individual career goals without the burden of massive debt.
With shrinking state funding and a smaller endowment than most regional law schools, KU Law has fewer resources to compete with its peers for outstanding faculty and talented students. Limited funding also hampers our efforts to offer and expand new programs. More than ever, KU Law must rely on private contributions so that it may continue to fulfill its obligations to the people of Kansas and the legal profession as a whole. Financial support for scholarships, faculty, curriculum innovation and facility enhancements will help KU Law achieve its vision.
Rewarding merit, need
Scholarships are our highest priority. KU Law loses many of its most outstanding candidates to other schools in the region because we cannot offer competitive support in the form of scholarship dollars. Increasing financial assistance to our students will allow us to remain competitive, attracting top students from all backgrounds while we expand our national reputation and maintain the outstanding value afforded by a KU Law education.
Attracting and retaining the best and brightest
Attracting and retaining top faculty are crucial to KU Law’s success. Stellar faculty inspire students to be leaders in their fields, their communities and the world. In recent years, we have lost excellent faculty to schools offering more generous compensation packages than KU Law can provide. While it is a point of pride that KU Law faculty members are in demand across the country, retaining them and their talents in teaching and scholarship is essential to the school’s future. Endowed professorships and research support will empower KU Law to hold on to its best and brightest teachers and scholars, recruit outstanding new faculty and preserve the low student-to-faculty ratio that has become a recognized feature of the KU Law experience.
Investing in world-class programs
Seizing on dynamic changes in the legal profession, KU Law is focused on becoming a national leader in specific areas, including advocacy, international law, environmental law and intellectual property law. KU Law is also seeking to enhance its hands-on education opportunities through the creation of additional skills courses and clinical programs in emerging areas of law.
Building the future
“New” Green Hall’s student-centered design functions well, but the building is beginning to show its age. Upgrades and renovations are necessary to accommodate technological advances and the demands of innovative new programs. As the school continues to evolve, competing for high-caliber students and faculty will require a physical environment that meets our practical needs and reflects our “Bold Aspirations.”
offers an unprecedented opportunity for donors to help elevate and enrich academic excellence in the School of Law, and to enhance a powerful resource for highly qualified practitioners who will benefit citizens in Kansas and beyond for many generations to come. Thank you for partnering with us to realize this vision.