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Student Organizations

Outside the classroom, student organizations provide a focus for service as well as social activities and professional development. The Student Bar Association is an umbrella organization, sponsoring events that range from Race Ipsa, a 5k race/walk for charity, to the Barristers’ Ball. Each class elects officers to plan activities and represent the class.

In a program that may be unique to KU, law students serve the university community and develop litigation skills by acting as prosecutors, defense counsel, and judges in the Traffic Court, which handles all appeals of campus parking tickets.

The following organizations are currently active:

  • American Constitution Society
  • Asian Law Students Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Environmentalist Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Global Lawyers Society
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Students Association
  • International Law Society
  • Islamic Law Students Association
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Kansas Law Free Press
  • Kansas Tax Society
  • KU Law Interfaith Coalition
  • KU Law Legal Entrepreneurs
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Native American Law Students Association
  • Nontraditional Law Students Association
  • OUTLaws and Allies
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Public Interest Law Society
  • Saint Thomas More Society
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Student Bar Association
  • Traffic Court
  • Women in Law

Some activities sponsored by student organizations — like the Black Law Students Association’s Thanksgiving food drive and Women in Law’s Pub Night — are significant components of law school tradition and involve the whole student body. Law students also participate in campus organizations outside of the law school, intramurals, and Student Senate.

There are opportunities in Green Hall and on campus for fellowship and service, no matter what a student’s interest. See the Current Students section of the law school’s website for more information about student organizations.

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Publications

Two student-edited scholarly publications, the Kansas Law Review and the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, allow students to delve deeply into areas of law that interest them, hone their writing, and expand their editing skills. Staff members are chosen each spring through writing competitions and receive course credit for their work on these publications. For more information, see the Publications section of the law school’s website.

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Moot Court and Other Competitions

The law school has a rich array of moot court programs from which to choose. Some are courses, and some are extracurricular activities.

Second-year students may participate in the school’s annual Moot Court Competition where, in teams of 2, they argue a challenging case under Supreme Court conditions. In recent years they have argued in front of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, and distinguished federal court of appeals, district, and state court judges. Top-placing teams go on to represent the school in the National Moot Court Competition and a number of other nationwide competitions, including the Criminal Procedure Moot Court, the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, the ELSA Moot Court Competition, the First Amendment Moot Court Competition, the Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, and the Stetson Environmental Moot Court Competition. The students selected to represent the school in these nationwide competitions also become members of the Moot Court Council and assist in administering the spring in-house competition their third year.

Each fall, students participate in the International Law Moot Court Competition. The students who perform best represent the law school in the regional competition of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Teams winning at the regional level — and KU teams have been consistently successful — advance to the international competition in Washington, D.C.

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Computers

Ownership of a computer, especially a notebook, is a significant asset for a law student. Computers are increasingly important to the study and practice of law, and the law school is committed to providing the technology and support today’s law students need.

A wireless network allows students to access the Internet and email from anywhere in the law school, including all classrooms. In addition, computers are available throughout the library. The law school provides software and support for all Internet and Intranet use. Many faculty members allow use of computers on their examinations.

The law school’s website provides additional information about technology at the law school and recommendations for students wishing to acquire a computer for use at the law school.

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