The Bluegrass State has many traditions. Kentucky is known throughout the country for its horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Kentucky also has a long legal tradition, including being home to some of the oldest law schools in the nation.
There are three different Kentucky law schools to choose from. Each school has its merits, whether you are concerned about the cost of your legal education, or the prestige of the school, there is an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school that's right for you. The following article provides a brief overview of each law school along with some observations to help you choose the right program of study.
The cost of attending UKC Law is comparable to the tuition at Brandeis, but one significant difference is the fact that the U.S. News and World Report's annual law school rankings place UKC Law much higher than Brandeis and Chase, making it the highest-ranked law school in the state.
In addition to the prestige the school holds on account of its rank, UKC is also home to one of the oldest student-run law review publications in the United States, one of two published by the school.
UKC Law abandoned a plan to relocate and is instead renovating and expanding its current facilities in Lexington, a project that will be completed in 2019.
Brandeis School of Law requires that students complete 30 hours of law-related public service in order to qualify for graduation. This fact may dissuade some, but for many this requirement in conjunction with the school's focus on practical legal education may result in a wider range of opportunities to experience the practice of law prior to licensure.
Brandeis focuses on practical legal education, with law clinics, moot court teams, skills competitions, and student-run law journals intended to provide ample opportunities for practical experience prior to graduation.
Art lovers will appreciate the school's Andy Warhol portrait of the school's namesake, and its copy of Auguste Rodin's iconic statue "The Thinker."
When it comes to cost of attendance, there is no comparing between NKU Chase, located in Highland Heights, and the state's other law schools. While the others have comparable pricing, a full time student at NKU Chase will pay significantly less than they would pay at one of the state's other law schools. However, NKU Chase does not chart in the annual law school rankings, unlike its in-state competitors.
Like Brandeis, NKU Chase requires that students complete 50 hours of pro bono service prior to graduation. The school has a number of programs that help facilitate the completion of this requirement, which may entail interviewing clients, conducting research for public interest lawyers, teaching at-risk youth about the law, providing income tax assistance to the indigent, and participating in legal aid clinics.
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