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Set in one of the top-ranked college towns in the United States, the University of Kansas School of Law is an excellent place for international students to begin or expand their legal careers. Students benefit from attending one of the leading law schools in the Midwest, yet paying one of the most affordable tuition rates among Top 100 law schools. Our International and Comparative Law program serves to teach international students the fundamentals of American law, while exploring issues of both public and private international law.

Whether you are new to law school or have years of practice experience, KU Law offers a program to suit your needs:

LL.M. in American Legal Studies
The LL.M. in American Legal Studies provides international students with an introduction to the breadth of American law. KU Law offers one of the most affordable international LL.M. programs among U.S. law schools. Students who complete the LL.M. will be prepared for the further study of law in the United States, select bar examinations, and the practice of law internationally. More...

2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
The 2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is open to students who have earned a law degree from a foreign institution. A successful candidate is admitted with 30 transfer credits and is eligible to complete the degree at the University of Kansas and sit for the bar examination in any state in the U.S. More...

Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
Foreign-trained lawyers interested in deep legal research and writing, and a career as a legal scholar or senior public official are encouraged to pursue the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree. In an increasing number of countries, having an S.J.D. awarded by an American law school is extraordinarily helpful in promotion and advancement. More...

Overseas Visiting Scholars Program
The University of Kansas School of Law regularly serves as host to visiting scholars from overseas. The program aims to provide an opportunity for professors, practitioners and graduate students from other countries to enrich their own experience and the KU Law community in a way that can lead to a long-term mutually beneficial relationship between the scholar and KU Law faculty and students. More...

International Student Life
International law students are able to take advantage of all that Lawrence and Kansas City have to offer by participating in events, student groups and other social activities. International students take classes with their American counterparts, creating opportunities to establish lasting friendships. Learn more about student life at KU Law.

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Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 28 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms