The College of Law at University of Kentucky

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Drusilla Bakert
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at University of Kentucky

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 40.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 40.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-161
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.32-3.8
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Student lawyers in the UK Law Clinic represent needy clients on various matters. UK Law has 9 externship programs with: Children’s Law Center; Department of Public Advocacy; Innocence Project; state and federal judges; Federal Correctional Institute; Fayette County Prosecutor; KY Energy & Environment Cabinet; UK HealthCare Risk Management Office; and U.S. Attorney’s Office Appellate Section.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 107
Seminars 10
Positions available in seminars 160
Positions available in simulation courses 150
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 32
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The UK Law Student Bar Association was named the nation’s best for 2002 and is one of 23 student organizations. There are also two student-run journals, the Kentucky Law Journal and the Kentucky Journal for Equine, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Law. UK’s National Moot Court Teams and Trial Advocacy Teams have won both regional and national titles, most recently in spring 2009.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 65
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 45
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 153
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 70
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 31
Full-time students involved in field placements 78
Full-time students involved in law journals 54
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 53
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 20

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.6:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 43
Full-time minority faculty 12.5%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 56
Total faculty (men) 66.1%
Total faculty (women) 33.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.9%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#62 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#50 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 51
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.5
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.3
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.32-3.8
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.57
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-161
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159
Acceptance rate 40.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 14.6:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 66.7% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.2% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 84.5% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar KY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.0%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 415

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 415

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school N/A
Female students discontinuing law school 0.6%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Lynda George
Financial aid phone (859) 257-3172
Financial aid application deadline March 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $18,306 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $31,716 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,460
Books $900
Miscellaneous expenses $3,334
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 41.2%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 25.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.4%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,000–$12,442
Full-time students receiving grants 68.7%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $67,622
Proportion who borrowed 86.0%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 68,903
Microform titles 17,135
Electronic titles 0
Other non-book titles 466
Total titles 86,084
Volumes (excluding microforms) 346,201
Volume equivalent microforms 254,293
Total volumes and volume equivalents 600,494
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 9,930
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 100
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 5
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 55
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 9
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 80
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 5
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 35
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 7
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 2
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 33,167
Total seats available for library users 313
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) All UK Law classrooms have been renovated to provide wireless access and state-of-the-art classroom technology. The Law Library is also wireless, and offers access to a wide range of web resources and on-line databases, as well the state’s largest law library collection.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar KY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 84.5% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 120
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 66.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.3%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 66.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 28.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $42,500
Median private sector starting salary $55,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $90,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 51%
Median public service starting salary $38,385

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 10.6%
Percent employed in government 8.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 26.5%
Percent employed in law firms 46.9%
Percent employed in public interest 5.3%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 76%
Graduates employed out-of-state 23.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 18
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 3.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 3.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 8.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 82.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations UK Law students receive expert advice from two former practicing attorneys. Interviewing opportunities are available both on campus and at numerous regional and national job fairs. A high percentage (15 – 25%) of UK Law graduates typically are selected annually for prestigious state and federal judicial clerkships.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 85.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 97.9%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 6.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 28.6%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 5.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%

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