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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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UMKC Law Student Succeeds in Amending Family Law Code

After experiencing the lack of protections for children in custody cases that involve domestic abuse, Jill Ainsworth, a third year law student at UMKC School of Law, decided to find a way to advocate for these children. Now, a portion of the bill Ainsworth wrote is going into effect in Kansas.

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Airbnb and Discrimination: Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones Weighs In


Jamila Jefferson webIs it time for the government to regulate Airbnb? Or do we allow this innovative platform to catch up to existing anti-discrimination laws?

Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones, of UMKC School of Law, has explored this question with reporters from the New York Times, Quartz, and Aljazeera. Jefferson-Jones recently published an essay in the Fordham Urban Law Journal on the discrimination problem on Airbnb.

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Join us for the Annual Pat Kelly Poker Tournament on Sept. 9

Registration is open for the annual Pat Kelly Scholarship Poker Tournament on Friday, Sept. 9 at the UMKC Student Union. The event is co-sponsored by the UMKC Law Foundation, Law Alumni Association and SBA. Admission price includes entry to the tournament, appetizers and refreshments.

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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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