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UMKC Law team Advances in AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

UMKC Law strikes again! Yet another advocacy team has advanced in a mock trial competition, this time in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The team consisted of Taylor Haas (3L), Mollie Harmon (3L), Nick Schmiemeier (3L) and Alison Stephens (2L). They will travel to Cleveland, OH to participate in the AAJ Nationals from March 27 to April 2, 2017.

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Glesner Fines Appointed Interim Dean of UMKC School of Law

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara A. Bichelmeyer has announced that Barbara Glesner Fines has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

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UMKC Law Team Advances to National Trial Competition

For the third time in the last five years, UMKC has a team advancing to nationals in National Trial Competition. The team of Blake Smith, Jackson Hobbs, and Andrew Hendrick were the regional winners of the National Trial Competition held in St. Louis. Hobbs is a second year law student at UMKC, whereas Hendrick and Smith are both third year law students. They will travel to Fort Worth, TX from March 22-25, to compete at the National Tournament.

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Join Us for Be Kind to Lawyers Day on April 11

On Tuesday, April 11 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., UMKC School of Law is hosting a free breakfast for international Be Kind to Lawyers Day. The law school invites alumni and friends to join us in the Student Lounge for a show of kindness and appreciation for your efforts. Attendees may park (for free) in the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures lot across from UMKC Law (5235 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64112). We are also offering customized UMKC Law coffee mugs.

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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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