Universities team up to help local law students

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A new partnership between Pittsburg State University and the Washburn School of Law is underway.

Officials say the partnership will positively impact students, ultimately leading to money and time saved for those seeking law degrees.

“We have inked a partnership that will allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree as well as a law degree in six years total — three years here at Pittsburg State, and three years at Washburn School of Law,” said Chris Childers, director of PSU’s School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, in a press conference Monday in Russ Hall officially announcing the partnership.

The partnership also means a year less in tuition and fees at PSU, he noted, and students who are accepted into the program are guaranteed a minimum tuition scholarship of $5,000 per year at Washburn School of Law.

The announcement comes at a time when demand is high and supply is low: Officials say Southeast Kansas is considered underserved when it comes to the number of cases on the books and the number of lawyers available.

“Kansas will benefit and Kansans will benefit,” said Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert. “We have a critical shortage of attorneys…especially in rural Kansas.”

Washburn Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger said students in the program also will be able to go into communities in their third year of law school for externships with law firms, serving communities and gaining valuable real-world experience.

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