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135th Missouri Bar Annual Meeting Honors UMKC Law

14379687_1303667659678557_1998520895074790632_oThe 135th Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of members of the bench and bar, was held September 21-23, 2016 at the Lodge of Four Season in Lake Ozark, Mo. Dana Tippin Cutler, a 1989 graduate, was inducted as the president of the Missouri Bar Association. Additionally, two UMKC Law alumni and an associate professor were awarded for their service to the profession at The Missouri Bar/Missouri Bar Foundation Public Service Awards Luncheon.

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“What Will Law Look Like in 2026?” – UMKC Law Hosts Futures Conference

DSC_4892From September 15-16, the UMKC School of Law hosted the 2016 College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference. Each fall, the conference brings together multi-disciplined professionals for two days to discuss the current and future state of the legal industry. The conference also recognizes the industry’s thought leaders at its InnoAction Awards Luncheon. Legal professionals sought to answer the question: “What Will Law Look Like in 2026?”

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UMKC Law Welcomes Class of 2019

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The Class of 2019 before the Matriculation Ceremony

UMKC School of Law welcomed 122 students to the Class of 2019 this year in the annual matriculation ceremony.

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Join Us for the Joseph Cohen Lecture on October 20: My Life in the Law

Join us on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. for "My Life in the Law: Following in the Footsteps of Civil Rights Giants" with Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur L. Burnett Sr. Risking his own safety, Judge Burnett pursued a legal career, ultimately overcoming many obstacles. As he carries forward the vision of Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he serves as an inspiration for young people to follow in his footsteps and bring needed racial and ethnic diversity to the legal profession.

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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: 140
Full-time: 135
Part-time: 5
Mean LSAT: 152
Mean GPA: 3.27
Male to Female ratio: 56/44%
Enrolled Minorities: 16% (self-identifying)
Average age: 26
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Virginia

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