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Kisthardt and the Fulfilling Rewards of Family Law

Kisthardt2It’s been thirty years since Professor Mary Kay Kisthardt joined the School of Law faculty. “They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” she quips.

With the prospect of building and expanding a family law curriculum—which isn’t an emphasis at most law schools—Kisthardt made the move to UMKC in 1985 after teaching at the University of Hawaii. And, in those thirty years, she can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to go to work in the mornings.

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Alumnus Appointed to Indiana Court of Appeals

umkclawnewsJudge Robert R. Altice, Jr. (J.D. ’87) has prosecuted, defended, and issued judgements on many different kinds of cases in his law career: medical malpractice, vehicular homicide, even death penalty trials. Now, he’s been appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals, where he’ll bring his years of trial court experience to the second-highest court in the state.

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An Eye for Business: Wilensky Joins Career Services Staff

Wilensky Photo2After working for two years for her master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Molly Wilensky is excited to bring her knowledge of the corporate world to the School of Law, thereby helping UMKC students stand out in the job market.

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Upcoming CLE: 101 Post-Alice: How USPTO & Practitioners are Reacting


Join representatives from the USPTO’s Office of Patent Legal Administration July 23 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. as they discuss the changes and questions raised by four recent Supreme Court rulings that have dramatically redefined the scope of patent eligible subject matter in the United States. This event is free of charge and counts toward 1.0 hour of Missouri CLE credit (Kansas credit pending).


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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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