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Why Topeka?

Photograph: Kansas State CapitolAttending law school in the Midwest -- specifically in Topeka -- has advantages for those focused on excelling in law school and thriving in an intellectual environment. Here, the law school community offers a supportive atmosphere conducive to scholarship and studying. At Washburn Law you're automatically part of the family, greeted with the distinct Kansas kindness not frequently found in contemporary times. You will discover a strong sense of ethics that will guide you along the path to the practice of law.

Washburn Law is located just west of Kansas City, in the capital of Kansas. Our proximity to the State Capitol, Kansas Supreme Court, Federal Courthouse and numerous state agencies provides an ideal setting that offers unique and varied opportunities to learn about lawmaking, judicial decision-making, administrative law and the regulatory process. You will have a genuine advantage attending law school in the hub of state government and the home of local, state, and federal courts. Many of these organizations provide Washburn Law students with internships and externships that offer opportunities to gain practical skills before graduation. Topeka is also home to large corporations that serve regional, national and global customers and clients, and provide Washburn Law students with internships and externships.

Topeka's overall cost of living index is more than 10 percent below the national urban area average, particularly in the housing market. NBC's Today Show recently recognized our community as being a top 10 city in which to buy a home. Our quality schools, access to diverse cultural experiences, welcoming people and low housing costs enhance the overall quality of living.

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Why I love Topeka
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"I love Topeka because it is a community that has something to offer for everyone! If you're a fan of the arts — Topeka has a growing arts community in the North Topeka Arts District and First Friday Artwalks. If you love sports — you can catch a Topeka Roadrunners hockey game or take in a Topeka Golden Giants baseball game at Lake Shawnee. If you love live local music — there are tons of great venues every week! All in all — Topeka is a community that loves its young professionals.

"Young professionals have the chance to be actively involved with the Topeka community, and their opinion matters to city leaders. Washburn students aren't viewed as mere passers-by, but a population that the community actively wants to engage, and keep in Topeka after graduation!"

— Angel Romero, '13