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KU law school earns top-15 Best Value ranking
LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is the No. 13 Best Value Law School in the country, according to National Jurist magazine. The ranking highlights affordable law schools whose graduates perform well on the bar exam and have success finding law jobs.

University of Kansas announces 2023 Global Scholars
LAWRENCE — Representing diverse academic fields across campus, 15 University of Kansas second-year students have been selected as the 2023 cohort of Global Scholars, a competitive opportunity for Jayhawks with an interest in international studies and a strong academic record. The new Global Scholars include students from Lawrence, Leawood, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Topeka and Wichita.

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Contact: Margaret Hair, School of Law, 785-864-9205, [email protected], @kulawschool
KU law school earns top-15 Best Value ranking
LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is the No. 13 Best Value Law School in the country, according to National Jurist magazine.
The ranking highlights affordable law schools whose graduates perform well on the bar exam and have success finding law jobs. National Jurist ranked the top 25 schools and assigned a letter grade to 34 other honorees.
“We are committed to providing a quality legal education at a great value for our students,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the KU School of Law. “That includes free bar exam preparation for graduates, academic support programs, and stipends for students to travel to job interviews or take summer public interest jobs. These rankings highlight our efforts to ensure our students succeed. They also celebrate our graduates’ achievements on the bar exam and in the job market.”
National Jurist gives graduate employment the most weight in the Best Value rankings. Nearly 95% of KU Law graduates in the Class of 2021 found full-time, long-term legal employment. KU Law ranks eighth among ABA-accredited law schools nationwide in the category sometimes referred to as “best jobs” – defined as full-time, long-term positions that require passing a bar exam or where a law degree offers an advantage.
Overall employment for the 2021 class was 96.9%. This is the eighth consecutive year that KU Law employment has exceeded 90%, including graduates who enrolled in full-time graduate school after completing their juris doctor.
The magazine’s Best Value methodology also considers law schools’ bar exam passage rates. KU Law graduates who took the bar exam for the first time in 2021 had one of the highest success rates in the country, at nearly 96%. KU Law posted the 11th-highest first-time bar exam pass rate nationally, according to an analysis by Reuters. KU Law’s Free Bar Prep Program offers all students a post-graduation Themis Bar Review course. This year’s Best Value rankings considered bar exam pass rates from 2019 and 2020.
National Jurist considers average indebtedness of graduates in its Best Value rankings. The rankings also look at other financial variables, including tuition and cost of living. U.S. News ranked KU Law 23rd in the nation for lowest average indebtedness of graduates in 2021.
Read a complete list of Best Value honorees and review the ranking methodology.
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Contact: Christine Metz Howard, International Affairs, [email protected], @KUintlaffairs
University of Kansas announces 2023 Global Scholars
LAWRENCE — Representing diverse academic fields across campus, 15 University of Kansas second-year students have been selected as the 2023 cohort of Global Scholars.
In its 12th year, the Global Scholars Program recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in international studies and a strong academic record. Elizabeth MacGonagle, associate professor of history and African & African-American studies, directs the program.
The scholars were competitively selected for their demonstrated interest in integrating internationalism into their undergraduate experiences and potential for high academic achievement and leadership.
In the spring semester, the group will participate in a three-hour weekly seminar, “Citizens, Refugees, Humans,” taught by Marike Janzen, associate professor of Slavic, German & Eurasian studies. The course will explore the diverging experiences of citizenship and refugeedom and examine how each shapes our understanding of what it means to be human.
As part of the Global Scholars Program, each student will work with a faculty mentor with similar interests on an internationally focused research project. The scholars will present the results of that research during spring semester of their senior year.
The 2023 Global Scholars Symposium, featuring research presentations from the senior cohort of students, will be at 4 p.m. April 27 in the Burge Union, Forum A. The public is invited to attend.
“We have a fabulous new cohort of talented students who are committed to integrating a global studies perspective into their undergraduate research,” MacGonagle said of the 2023 Global Scholars. “I am excited to work with them as they identify a mentor and develop their research projects. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and facilitate a variety of development and networking opportunities over the next two years.”
The 2023 Global Scholars:
1. Aarthi Aruna, from Overland Park, is majoring in behavioral neuroscience and anthropology on the pre-med track and minoring in Spanish. Her parents are Venkat Aruna and Sivagami Venkatachalam.
2. Anya Asjad, from Mission Hills, is a biochemistry major. Her parents are Irme Akhtar and Asjad Salamat.
3. Braiden Bangalan, from Lawrence, is majoring in global & international studies, Chinese and history. His parents are Eileen and Brian Bangalan.
4. Monisha Biswa, from Shawnee, is majoring in political science and global & international studies. Her parents are Lok and Sonu Biswa
5. Hannah Chern, from Shawnee, is majoring in molecular, cellular & developmental biology. Her parents are Maggie Liu and Yao Chern.
6. Sophia Hudson, from Arvada, Colorado, is an exercise science major. Her parents are Cecilia and Joe Hudson.
7. Ye Gang Lee, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, and has lived in Kentucky, Kansas and Pennsylvania, is majoring in political science, global & international studies and East Asian languages with a concentration in Korean. Her parents are Sang Hak Lee and Jong Youn Jang.
8. Jeannine Lopez, from Wichita, is majoring in biochemistry and history with a minor in environmental studies. Their parents are Veronica and Erik Lopez.
9. Joohye Oh, from Lawrence, is an English major. Her parents are Seyool Oh and Ji-Yeon Lee.
10. Catherine O’Lear, from Lawrence, is majoring in philosophy and women, gender & sexuality studies. Her parents are Shannon O’Lear-Burns and Mark Maziar.
11. Josh Omitt, from Topeka, is a microbiology major. His parents are Chad and Emily Omitt.
12. Fatima Qureshi, from Lawrence, is majoring in philosophy and women, gender & sexuality studies. Her parents are Mubashir Qureshi and Nazia Qureshi.
13. Armina Raheel, from Leawood, is majoring in human biology. Her parents are Raheel Ahmed and Abida Raheel.
14. Chadhve Ranganathan, from Olathe, is majoring in molecular, cellular & developmental biology on the pre-med track. Her parents are Ranganathan Varadarajan and Bala Sampathkumar.
15. Angel Singhal, from Lawrence, is a biotechnology major. Her parents are Amit Singhal and Sangeeta Garg.

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