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With $80,000 average debt and 83.1 percent employed, KU is in top 20 of ‘Best Value’ law schools; other recent KU rankings

With 83.1 percent of graduates employed and bearing an average of $80,884 in student debt, the University of Kansas School of Law ranks No. 17 on a new national list of Best Value Law Schools.

National Jurist’s PreLaw magazine recently published its annual rankings highlighting schools “where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a legal job without taking on a ton of debt,” according to the article. The new rankings were based on American Bar Association employment statistics for the class of 2015, as well as other 2015 data sources. Below the top 20, another 38 law schools were given grades of “A-” or “B+” in the article.

This is the third consecutive year the KU law school has made the top 20 in National Jurist’s “Best Value” list, according to a KU news release. It also noted that more than 75 percent of the incoming class receives scholarships and that U.S. News ranked KU Law 30th in the nation among law schools whose graduates finish school with the least debt.

KU dean of law Stephen Mazza said in KU’s news release: “We provide an outstanding legal education with ample opportunities for students to explore different practice areas through hands-on clinics and field placements. KU Law ranks among the top 25 percent of all law schools for employment, and our graduates are able to choose careers that aren’t defined by excessive financial burdens."

A few other KU rankings and ratings I’ve come across lately:

Students move along Jayhawk Boulevard on the KU campus between classes on Wednesday January 27, 2016.

Students move along Jayhawk Boulevard on the KU campus between classes on Wednesday January 27, 2016. by Richard Gwin

• Grads going into family medicine: Among U.S. medical schools, the KU School of Medicine has the second most graduates — 17.8 percent — who were family medicine residents in 2015, according to a new American Academy of Family Physicians study, based on averages from the past three years.

This ranking is important and good, according to an American Academy of Family Physicians article, because medical schools are still underproducing family physicians.

Study corresponding author Stan Kozakowski, director of the academy’s Division of Medical Education, said in the article: “This annual study is important because it represents one outcome measure of the efforts made by U.S. medical schools to produce family physicians ... Our intention is to spark curiosity at a local level. We want state leaders to begin conversations about all their medical schools so they can learn from each other and try different approaches."

• Honors Program: The KU Honors Program is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a “Five Mortarboard” rating (the highest possible) in “Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs,” published in print Oct. 1. According to a KU news release, the program has been top rated in the publication’s past three editions.

• Online doctoral programs: Guide to Online Schools has published (online) a “Top Online Colleges” list for 2017. KU is No. 3 of “the top 25 online colleges offering degrees at the doctoral level,” based on affordability and academic quality. Available programs listed are “Doctor of Occupational Therapy,” “Doctorate in Nursing Practice” and “PhD in Nursing.”

• Sexual health: KU moved up — from 83 to 80 of 140 schools — on this year's Trojan condoms and Sperling’s BestPlaces sexual health “report card,” The University Daily Kansan reports. A KU Health Education Resource Office representative told the Kansan that adding free HIV/STI testing opportunities and the office’s Friday “condom sense” educational programming probably contributed.


— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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‘MacArthur Genius’ returns to KU, speaks this week on sexual violence in Indian country

“Anytime there’s a law and it’s wrong,” Sarah Deer told me during an interview in February, "you have to change the law.”

That’s how Deer’s mother explained to her how women finally earned the right to vote, and how Deer went on to approach her nationally known work changing laws to better protect American Indian women from sexual violence.

Deer got her undergraduate degree in women’s studies and philosophy and her law degree from KU. She’s a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a 2014 national MacArthur Fellow. (Known as “MacArthur Geniuses,” winners receive no-strings-attached stipends of $625,000, paid over five years, which the Foundation says gives them freedom to “follow their own creative visions.”)

Deer is also back on the KU campus this fall as the 2016 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor. Her first of two public presentations is set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Green Hall, Room 104. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Deer will discuss sexual and domestic violence in Indian country. She’ll also give the Langston Hughes lecture at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Kansas Union ballroom.

There’s more about Deer and her work in this story, which I wrote when she was in town to give the KU February Sisters lecture earlier this year.

Sarah Deer, pictured Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at the Oread Hotel.

Sarah Deer, pictured Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at the Oread Hotel. by Richard Gwin

Deer’s work brings together several important and timely topics at KU, said law professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, the law school’s associate dean of academic affairs and director of KU’s Tribal Law and Government Center.

“She has a legal perspective but she comes from Indian country,” Kronk Warner said. “She also brings new dimensions to that. She does work in trafficking … she also focuses on viewing things from a gender perspective, and domestic violence and sexual assault, which also are important issues for the university.”

According to KU’s Office of Diversity and Equity description, the Langston Hughes Professorship recruits prominent or emerging ethnic minority scholars to KU and aims “to engage in the campuswide symposium a variety of topics and issues that otherwise would not be possible.”


— I’m the Journal-World’s KU and higher ed reporter. See all the newspaper’s KU coverage here. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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KU law student blogs on balancing books, marriage

Posted on the KU School of Law's blog yesterday was this entry by Ashlyn Lindskog, a first-year student in the school, about how she balances being a newlywed and a law student at the same time and how the two experiences are kind of alike.

An excerpt:

I’m a first-year law student and a second-year wife, and my priority is to not suck at either of them. It is a delicate balance. Sometimes the scales tip and I end up doing one better than the other, but thankfully my husband is more forgiving than my professors.

Law school has required her to elevate herself to a new level as a student just as marriage has required her to step up as a human, she says.

The essay is an easy read and impressively lacking in law-school jargon, and if you are now or have ever pursued graduate education while also attempting to maintain a life outside of school — or been married to someone trying to do so (I've got some experience there) — I think it will speak to you to some degree.

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