Archive for Friday, January 6, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Law student wants more focus on education, not job market; I’m looking for people who love to ‘woo’; Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy helps fund university projects

January 6, 2012


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• Here’s a post from a third-year law student on the KU School of Law’s excellent blog.

The student, Anthony Michael Knipp, says “much attention” has been paid to the lack of job opportunities for law school graduates, but less so on the quality of training people receive in law schools.

He notes that Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were all lawyers, and used their skills outside the traditional setting for an attorney.

“Like Gandhi, Mandela, and Lincoln, my legal education provides me with the necessary tools to succeed and the potential to make a difference,” Knipp wrote. “If I choose to practice law after graduation – excellent. If I choose to use my legal education for a non-legal career path – equally great.”

I pass it along because his perspective is among the minority of folks that I’ve heard from. I admit I’ve contributed some to the reverberating cacophony of noise around the lack of job opportunities for legal graduates.

Students — and graduates in particular — have expressed frustration to me about their inability to find a job, and consequently, to pay off their law school debt.

But it’s nice to see a student offering a different perspective, too, particularly since he seems to be quite happy with his legal education experience so far.

• I got lots of feedback from my post yesterday about folks who are leading a crusade against the “woo” at the end of the Rock Chalk Chant at the end of basketball games.

I heard many impassioned defenses of the anti-woo position. And I heard from a few people who said they didn’t really mind either way.

No one, however, reached out to me saying they really, truly enjoyed the woo. That may be for a variety of reasons, but if you really, truly love the woo, I’d be curious to hear from you, so drop me a line at

• The Wichita-based Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, a nonprofit, industry-led group, will help spark a project to develop new technologies and products that use bio-based raw materials, according to a statement.

KABB is awarding $1.4 million in grant funds to a group of Kansas higher education institutions, in cooperation with Atchison-based MGP Ingredients.

KU is one of those universities, along with Kansas State, Pittsburg State and Benedictine College.

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avhjmlk 6 years, 5 months ago

Law school grad here (and KU Law, in fact)--I completely agree with Mr. Knipp. KU has always been a "big firm" school, and there is lots of attention paid to interviewing for internships with corporate firms all over the country. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that--in fact, it's a great benefit for those students who are moving down that particular career path. But for those of us to graduated from law school WITHOUT intending to practice, rather work in goverment or non-profit or some other avenue, there are not many opportunities to explore those areas through KU Law. Do I regret going to law school? Not at all. Were they very concerned about career services for those who didn't intend to practice? Not really.

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