Feb. 12, 2004

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KU law school ranked 2nd in U.S., cited as 'excellent value' in magazine survey

LAWRENCE -- The two leading national magazines for current and prospective law students have ranked the University of Kansas School of Law at No. 2 in the country in their annual "Best Schools for Your Money" survey.

National Jurist and its sister publication, PreLaw Insider, placed KU in a tie for second in the nation among public universities that provide "the best bang for the buck." KU also was one of only 11 schools to receive an "excellent value" ranking and ranks above any other Kansas or Big 12 Conference school.

"This recognition, which is based solely on objective criteria and the cost of a KU legal education, is a wonderful validation of what many long have known about the strength of the KU law school and the quality of education we provide," said Stephen McAllister, dean of the KU law school. "KU law graduates can compete with anyone, anywhere in the country, and they do not leave law school with large debts."

The rankings are based on tuition, bar pass rates, unemployment rates for graduates, the median grant given to students as a percentage of tuition, number of clinic slots available as compared to total enrollment, and the faculty-student ratio.

"Why pay a fortune for an education?" McAllister asked, noting that KU's tuition is about $5,000 a year less than the University of Texas and $7,000 less than the University of Colorado, both of which were ranked behind KU in the survey.

Citing KU as the top law school for Kansas City law firms, the magazine noted that KU graduates also work in every large market in the country, thanks in part to faculty contacts.

"Big firms from Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix all come to campus to recruit," McAllister said.

The magazine also noted that a KU law school professor, Stacy Leeds, is a Cherokee National Supreme Court justice and that KU actively recruits Native American students. In addition, the magazine noted that KU offers numerous practical experiences and that nearly all its faculty have working experience in the legal field.

The KU law school, which enrolls more than 540 students and has 30 faculty, offers 140 courses, five certificate programs, eight clinics and seven joint degree options. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.

National Jurist and PreLaw Insider magazines reach more than 100,000 readers across the nation. For more information, visit www.prelawinsider.com/story.asp?id=45.

The University of Alabama topped the magazine's survey, followed by KU, Akron School of Law and the University of Tennessee tied for second. The universities of Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky and Memphis are tied for fifth place. The universities of Texas and Nebraska are tied for ninth.

KU is a major educational and research institution with more than 27,000 students and 1,900 faculty members dedicated to serving the state of Kansas and the nation. The university includes the main campus in Lawrence; the Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.; the Edwards Campus in Overland Park; a clinical campus of the School of Medicine in Wichita; and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

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