KU, Wichita State create partnership to accelerate law degree program

Certain students at Wichita State now will have a fast track to getting a law degree from the University of Kansas.

KU announced Monday that it has created a new partnership with Wichita State that allows WSU students in select majors to get their undergraduate and law degrees in a total of six years, one fewer than the normal process.

The Legal Education Accelerated Degree program allows WSU students to go three years to undergraduate school and then three years to KU’s law school. Participants would receive their undergraduate degree after the fourth year and the law degree after the sixth year.

The program is open to WSU students studying criminal justice, English, history, philosophy or political science. KU offers the same program to selected students in KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and also selected students at Kansas State University.

The deal with WSU, however, marks the first expansion of the program in several years.

“Students benefit from a great undergraduate and legal education at less cost and in less time,” said Stephen Mazza, KU law dean, in a press release. “Beyond that, the profession benefits by increasing access to legal careers.”


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