The University Of Kentucky- College Of Law was founded in the year 1799 from Transylvania University. It was a law program that began in the year 1908. The University Of Kentucky was considered to be one of the leading law schools of the nation. It was in the year 1913 the University Of Kentucky became one of the first colleges in the nation that instituted a trial practice program. Currently David Brennen is the dean of the law college. The law school was ranked among the top 55 private and public universities. It was ranked 31st among public law schools.
Library of the University of Kentucky College:
The Alvin E. Evans Library in the University Of Kentucky- College Of Law is one of the largest law libraries in commonwealth. It has been estimated, that the library has about 470,000 volumes. The library is equipped with the latest technology gadgets. It also has a vast range of electronic materials. Apart from this, the library also provides access to a vast number of administrative materials and U.S. reports of court decisions and statutes.
Some of the stalwarts of this school of law are:
Bar passage and employment prospects:
- Jennifer B. Coffman '78
- Bert T. Combs '37
- William S. Cooper '70
- Marilyn S. Daniel '79
- Janet Stumbo '80
- Julia Kurtz Tackett '71
- Paul C. Van Booven '76
- Frederick W. Whiteside, Junior Professor Emeritus
- Karen K. Caldwell '80
- Roger L. Crittenden '75
- Richard W. Spears
- William T. Robinson III '71
- James E. Rogers '74
The prospects with regard to employment for the students of University Of Kentucky are mainly confined to the state of Kentucky. The majority of the law firms visiting Lexington every year for interviewing the law students of U.K are based in the state. An estimated percentage of about 80% of the fresh graduates begin their career in Kentucky. Those seeking legal jobs outside Kentucky are required to rely on the alumni network for better prospects. The rate of employment is extremely impressive. About 95% of the students within nine months of their graduation get employed in the legal profession. 65% of those who are employed prefer the private sector whereas only 18% choose to become a judicial clerk after completing their graduation. The graduates of the year 2008 earned a median salary of about $62,000.
In the bar examination, a high rate of students passed the bar examination. In the year 2007, about 90.4% of first-time test takers passed the Bar examination. The over all pass percentage in the state was about only 87.4%.
In the year 2002, it was suggested that a new college of law must be constructed and relocated close to the downtown Lexington. Ayers Saint Gross, a renowned architectural firm, specialized in the field of designing and planning of the academic building put forward by the proposal. Construction of a new building was proposed on the Scott Street close to the college of education. The current parking lot occupies an area of about 3.3 acre that is 13,000 m2. Here the college of law hopes to construct a building covering 11,000 m2 or 120,000 sq ft.