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Law Alumni Receive Alumni Achievement Awards

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association and the campus celebrate the outstanding achievements of UMKC graduates at the Alumni Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held April 20, 2017. This year, the association recognized two School of Law alumni for their contributions to the legal community. Proceeds from the Alumni Awards event benefit UMKC students through supporting both endowed and immediate aid.

 

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US News and World Report Ranks UMKC School of Law Advocacy Program Number 21 in the Nation

For the first time, US News and World Report has ranked the UMKC School of Law Trial Advocacy Program as number 21 in the nation. The advocacy program has continued to flourish under Douglas R. Stripp Professor, Rafe Foreman, and Professor Michaelle Tobin. UMKC teams have continually advanced in competitions, and just this spring, three teams advanced to national trial competitions. The program receives support from the UMKC Law Foundation, firms, and alumni, and the law school was also awarded  $1.4 million from the Kemper Family Foundations to expand the program even further.

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UMKC Law Finishes in Top Eight Teams in the National Trial Competition

The National Trial Competition, established in 1975, is the oldest and most prestigious trial competition in the United States. UMKC Law has advanced to the national tournament three times in the past five years. This year, from March 22-25, Blake Smith (J.D. ’17) and Jackson Hobbs (J.D. ’17) made it to the quarterfinals, finishing in the top eight teams out of the 28 teams entered.

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Register Now for the Annual Robert Downs Scholarship Golf Tournament on May 19

Don’t miss the 21st Annual Professor Bob Downs Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, May 19th at Ironhorse Golf Club (15400 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS 66224). Sponsorships are still available! Registration is $125 per golfer and includes a tournament t-shirt, cart and greens fees. Complimentary beverages and lunch will also be provided. Your law firm can participate in the Law Firm Challenge, with the grand prize of the coveted traveling trophy.

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Welcome to the UMKC School of Law website. We appreciate your interest in our school, and I hope you will use this site as an opportunity to become acquainted with our outstanding faculty, staff, students and program.

At UMKC, we are powered by experience. From our faculty who teach from a breadth of real-world experience to the hands-on practical training you’ll experience as a student, we are committed to providing a legal education that prepares students for a fulfilling career. With our reasonable cost, the strong job placement of our graduate and our outstanding bar passage rates, UMKC's value is undeniable. We are an inclusive, student-centered law school where faculty and students works together in a supportive environment. Our faculty, with more practice experience than at most schools, are productive scholars and dedicated teachers. We pride ourselves in integrating high-level theory with practical skills to educate lawyers who develop a sense of professionalism and judgment and who are excellent problem solvers, able to well serve their clients and communities.

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UMKC School of Law is the urban law school of the University of Missouri system and provides its students with a comprehensive, affordable legal education comprised of a personalized admissions process, collaboration with supportive faculty, real-world opportunities in a vibrant city, and tools and skills to experience professional success.

The law school is located at the edge of the Volker Campus in the heart of Kansas City. The facilities include two modern, state-of-the-art courtrooms (one with an innovative viewing theater) and faculty suites with student offices and carrels to encourage faculty-student interaction. Our extensive library collection meets the research and information needs of students and the greater legal community.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law is a public law school founded in 1895 as the Kansas City School of Law, a private, independent law school located in downtown Kansas City. Three young lawyers – William Borland, Edward Ellison and Elmer Powell – founded the law school with assistance from members of the bench and bar.

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Entering students: 122
Full-time: 113
Part-time: 9
Median LSAT: 152
Median GPA: 3.39
Male to Female ratio: 55/45%
Enrolled Minorities: 20% (self-identifying)
Average age: 26
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

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