Why UK Law?
At UK Law we are proud of many
The faculty at UK Law have a wide range of experiences in practice and government service, as well as in teaching and research. UK Law has a strong tradition of faculty being invested in their students' progress and success. The curriculum they teach offers broad training in the law and legal methods, drawing upon sources from all jurisdictions. Accordingly, UK Law graduates are well prepared to practice in any of the 50 states.
Clinical Opportunities & Externships
UK Law offers students a variety of clinical and externship experiences. The UK Legal Clinic, located in its own building just across the street from the law school, gives students the opportunity to represent low-income or elderly individuals, as well as UK students in a variety of civil legal matters. The Clinic is supervised by a faculty member who spent ten years as a trial attorney. Another popular clinical course is Litigation Skills, taught in UK Law’s courtroom by local practitioners and faculty with extensive litigation experience.
In addition, UK Law offers several
Dual Degree Programs
UK Law currently offers five dual degree programs. Interested applicants must apply to both programs independently.
JD/MA: Candidates interested in a career in international law, international business, or government service in the international sector should consider the JD/MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce dual degree program in partnership with the Patterson School.
JD/MBA: Candidates interested in a
JD/MHA: The JD/MHA program is in partnership with The College of Public Health. Candidates interested in working within the healthcare industry, or with
JD/MPA: Candidates interested in a career in public administration, public service, or politics should consider the JD/MPA dual degree program with The Martin School of Public Policy.
UK BLUE (Bachelor-to-Law Undergraduate Education) 3+3 Program: The newest dual degree program, "UK BLUE," is a collaboration between the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences. This program will allow students seeking a law degree to save time and money by graduating in six years instead of seven. Students should seek information at the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences.
There are four co-curricular programs at UK Law that students may earn course credit. First, students with an interest in legal research and writing may choose to apply to either of UK Law’s two student-run law journals: The Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ) and the Kentucky Journal
Students interested in litigation and advocacy can also choose to apply to UK Law’s competitive Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board, both of which participate in a variety of competitions. UK Law’s Trial Advocacy Board has historically been a top finisher
UK Law's Student Bar Association (SBA) serves as the governing body and
UK Law students have the opportunity to take advantage of a wide array of resources offered by the Career Development Office including one-on-one career counseling, career oriented speakers, and on-campus interviews. The Career Development Office, staffed by UK Law graduates who practiced before returning to their alma mater, also partners with the UK Law Alumni Association to connect students with alumni contacts.
We are proud of UK Law's employment statistics that consistently exceed national averages. A majority of UK Law graduates choose
UK Law offers a well-rounded education from some of the finest faculty in the country. The curriculum is designed to assist students with practicing both in Kentucky and out of state after graduation. UK Law graduates consistently outperform the average pass rate on the Kentucky bar examination. UK Law graduates usually perform well on bar exams in other jurisdictions. For the most recent information about bar passage for UK Law graduates, please see the ABA Information Report on our website.