Legal Education Accelerated Degree Program
KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and KU School of Law

Please read the following information carefully before beginning your application.

This accelerated degree program allows high-achieving students to earn both a bachelor of arts and a juris doctor degree — and graduate in six years, at least a year sooner than they would in traditional programs.  Because LEAD allows academically qualified students to complete requirements in six years, admission is limited to freshmen.

Admission to the Program (Freshman Applicants Only)

Prospective freshmen who meet the admission requirements (below) may apply for LEAD. Acceptance into the School of Law portion of the program will depend on a student's undergraduate academic performance and LSAT scores.

Program Length

Six years

Minimum Admission Criteria

  • High school GPA: 3.5
  • ACT: 26
  • Pursue a bachelor of arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admissions Requirements

LEAD applicants must:

  • Already be admitted to KU for the summer or fall term
  • Submit the LEAD application by Dec. 1.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 weighted scale (subject to change).
  • Have an ACT score of at least 26/SAT of at least 1170 (subject to change).
  • If planning on majoring in a foreign language, have reached or surpassed the intermediate level.

A select number of students will be admitted to this program.

Application Process

Timeline for LEAD application:

  • Dec. 1 – Deadline to apply.
  • Mid-February – The program committee will review qualified applications.
  • Late February – The Office of Student Academic Services will notify LEAD applicants of admission decisions by mail. (Date subject to change)
  • March 1 – Priority date to file the FAFSA.
  • May 1 – Enrollment deposit due to KU.

Required Materials for Legal Education Accelerated Degree Program

  • application
  • GPA and ACT/SAT score (scores provided on your application for admission to KU will be used)
  • essay

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Program FAQs

To apply for this program, submit a complete application by December 1.

What are the requirements for admission into this program?
  • Already be admitted to KU for the summer or fall 2016 term.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 weighted scale (subject to change).
  • Have an ACT score of at least 26/SAT score of 1170 (subject to change).
  • If planning on majoring in a foreign language, have reached or surpassed the intermediate level.
What should a complete application include?
LEAD program application found at
How is the application for the undergraduate portion of the program related to admission to the School of Law?
To gain admission to the law school, each student will apply to the law school during his or her third year of undergraduate study.  Admission to the law school will be granted provided the student attains a score of at least 157 on the LSAT exam and maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.  Students must also meet the character and fitness requirements required of all law school applicants.
Who will make the decisions about admission to the undergraduate portion of the program?
The admissions committee, composed of professionals and staff from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, will review each application and select qualified students.
How will applications be evaluated?
Applications will be evaluated using the required materials: general admission status, supplemental application, GPA and ACT/SAT score, and essay.  The essays will figure prominently in admission decisions.
When will I learn if I have been offered admission to the program?
The Office of Student Academic Services in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will notify applicants of the program committee’s decision by mail in late February.  If you do not receive written notification by March, please contact Heidi Hulse at 785-864-6383.
If I am admitted to KU, am I guaranteed admission to the Legal Education Accelerated Degree Program?
No. Admission to KU will not guarantee you admission to the LEAD program. Although completing the general application and being admitted to the university is the first step, admission to LEAD is competitive and you will need to meet all supplemental admissions requirements, including the supplemental application.
If admitted, what will my course load be for the undergraduate portion of the program?

Students admitted to this program will be on a tight and rigorous academic schedule that will require personal discipline and a deep commitment to academic success.  This is due to the fact that students admitted to this program will be using their first three years of undergraduate study to fulfill the major requirements for their B.A. degree (90 total student credit hours) leaving the first year of law school to satisfy all undergraduate elective requirements (30 student credit hours).  A breakdown by year follows:

  • Admitted to the program (3.5 GPA, 26 ACT)
  • Year 1: KU Core + major requirements
  • Year 2: KU Core + major requirements
  • Year 3: major completion + electives
  • Year 4: first year of law school (counting courses as CLAS electives, meet 120 SCH requirements)
  • Year 5: School of Law
  • Year 6: School of Law, completion and degrees conferred
Given the tight academic schedule, will I be able to double major or minor in this program?
The answer is different for each student. Please talk to the LEAD Academic Advisor, Heidi Hulse, about your options.
Will I be able to receive a B.A. in any foreign language and participate in this program?
It depends. This will only be possible for students who enter their major at or above the intermediate level.  Students who have not yet met the intermediate level in their language major will not have enough time to satisfy their major requirements in the accelerated timeframe.
When should I take the LSAT?
We recommend that students take the LSAT during the summer between their second and third year.  Students should take the test no later than the end of the first semester of Year 3.  LSAT test dates can be found at
At what point in this process will I receive my B.A. degree?
As a member of an accelerated degree program, you will receive your B.A. degree after completing 120 hours (typically after Year 4) and JD upon completion of the program (Year 6).
What happens if I am admitted to this program but later do not choose to pursue law school?
Students who reach Year 3 and decide to not pursue law school may use Year 4 to complete requirements for their B.A. degree.
Which majors are eligible for participation in this program and why?

The Legal Education Accelerated Degree Program is available through programs/departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that offer B.A. degrees.  Eligible majors are as follows:

  • African & African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Antiquity
  • Classical Languages
  • Communication Studies
  • Dance
  • East Asian Languages and Culture
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film & Media Studies
  • French*
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Germanic Languages & Lit
  • Global & International Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Humanities
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Religious Studies
  • Slavic Languages & Lit
  • Sociology
  • Spanish*
  • Speech-Language-Hearing
  • Theatre (Culture & Society, Performance)
  • Visual Art
  • Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

*Students majoring in foreign language programs must enter the program at the intermediate level.

What happens if I do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the law school after I start at KU?
All students’ academic progress will be reviewed by their advisor each semester.  Students who are not on track to meet the minimum requirements of admission to the law school may be dismissed from the LEAD program at any time at the discretion of the College.  If dismissed from the program, students will be required to complete the requirements for the B.A. degree (to include the KU Core, major requirements, CLAS 100 credit hour requirement, 120 undergraduate credit hour requirement, with an overall and major GPA of 2.0).
How does LEAD affect financial aid and scholarships?
  • During the first three years of study in the LEAD Program, students will be considered for undergraduate financial aid and scholarships such as federal and state grants, as well as undergraduate federal student and parent loans.
  • During the last three years (the years in which the student is admitted to the KU School of Law), the student will be considered for graduate/law financial aid and scholarships, such as federal student loans.
  • During all six years, students will be eligible for institutional renewable scholarships awarded at the time of admission to KU, funded through a variety of KU sources.
  • Additional financial and and scholarship details are available online at

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