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Program Structure

Each year, students in the LEAD program will be exposed to program content designed to prepare them for law school and a legal career. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about law school and legal practice, as well as to begin building relationships in the law school and with practicing attorneys.

Freshman Year

LEAD students participate in four off-campus activities to introduce them to the practice of law and law school. Activities may include:

  • A Kansas Supreme Court tour and discussion with a justice of the court
  • A trial court tour and discussion with a judge of the court
  • A private-practice law firm tour in Kansas City and discussion with partners and associates in the firm
  • A government-practice tour and a discussion with attorneys in that practice

Sophomore Year

KU Law faculty facilitate volunteer experiences with a law-affiliated organization for LEAD students during the fall term. During the spring term, KU Law coordinates a discounted LSAT class exclusively for LEAD students.

Junior Year

LEAD students are encouraged to take a 1-credit course — Introduction to the American Legal System — taught by KU Law faculty. At the conclusion of the junior year, the law school hosts a recognition ceremony for juniors (and their families) who are "stepping up" to KU Law the next academic year.