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Master of Clinical Advocacy students gain real-world experience

Riley Odom

Riley Odom with his mother, Lori Odom, upon his release.

This semester, Professor Rafe Foreman’s Mastery of Clinical Advocacy class got a hands-on experience most law students can only dream of. The three students enrolled in the course—Zachary Enterline, Jeff Norman and Anthony McDaniel—had the opportunity to work for a client in grand jury proceedings and came out on top.

Foreman accepted the case of Texas man Riley Odom, charged in August with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as a case for his Mastery class. According to Odom, he was acting in self defense, and Foreman decided this would be a great opportunity for his students to put their skills to work.

LL.M. student named BBR Brazilian Student Ambassador

umkclawnewsLL.M. student, Hítalto Silva, was recently selected as a student ambassador of Brazilian students of BBR (Brazil Business Reports). Silva was one of two students selected through a combination of photographs posted on social media as well an application letter. As an ambassador he will be featured in the US Education Report 2015, where he will be able to share his American university experience with the world and allow new Brazilian students to learn about UMKC.

Alumni honored at 2014 KCMBA Annual Meeting

umkclawnewsAt the recent 2014 KCMBA Annual Meeting, four UMKC School of Law alumni were honored with awards.

Sandra Schermerhorn (’69) received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Schermerhorn was the first female president of the KCMBA, the first female law clerk to a federal judge, the first female attorney at a major law firm in Kansas City and the first female partner at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP.

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Save the Date for The Big Event!


The UMKC Law Foundation and the Law Alumni Association invite all alumni for an evening of music, dinner, and drinks as well as games of skill and chance. The Alumni Awards will also be presented at the event. The evening begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb 21 with the "Diamonds Are Forever” VIP Party followed by the “007” Reception at The President Hotel. Proceeds benefit travel by UMKC Competition Teams. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


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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: 172
Full-time: 164
Part-time: 8
Mean LSAT: 152
Mean GPA: 3.26
Male to Female ratio: 53/47%
Enrolled Minorities: 16% (self-identifying)
Average age: 26
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.

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