Frequently asked questions
The Application Process
- What is required for admission to law school?
- What is LSAC?
LSAC, or the Law School Admissions Council, is an organization that administers the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). UMKC School of Law requires applicants to register for both services. Visit LSAC to register.
- When should I take the LSAT?
We recommend you take the LSAT as early as possible, usually June, October, or December of the year before you wish to begin law school. We will consider applicants who take the test in February
or June for the following fall as well, though we recommend taking it earlier. You may take the test more than once. We do not accept scores older than five years from the date of your application.
- If I take the LSAT more than once, do you average my scores?
No. We look at all scores; however, we take the highest score for reporting purposes.
- What are your median GPA and LSAT scores?
For the class beginning in fall 2012, our average LSAT score was a 153 and our
average GPA was a 3.23.
- When is your application deadline?
We do not have an official deadline and are on a rolling admissions schedule. We recommend applications are submitted by March 1 because our class fills up quickly.
- How long should my personal statement be, and what should I write about?
Personal statements should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced. You should avoid restating things that can be found elsewhere in your application (such as on your résumé or transcripts). We suggest you write about something else you would like us to know about you, such as what motivates your decision to attend law school or what unique perspectives you can bring to a law school classroom. Make sure you proofread this carefully. We suggest bringing it to your undergraduate school’s writing center for assistance.
- Who should write my letters of recommendation?
How does LSAC handle letters of recommendation?
If you are still in undergraduate school or you have recently graduated, ask professors to provide a letter of recommendation, especially if you have done well academically. If you have been out of school for at least three years, ask an employer or someone who knows you well. The recommender should be able to assess issues that will be critical to your success in law school, such as intellect, motivation, and communication skills. Choose recommenders who are impressed by you and your achievements over those who you think we will find impressive due to their title.
Applicants must submit letters of recommendation to us through the LSDAS.
- What undergrad majors do you prefer for law school?
We suggest that undergraduates simply major in what they are passionate about. There is no right or wrong major for law school.
Attending Law School
- What is the average age of an entering UMKC Law Student?
Our average entrant is 26 years old. However, we do have a vibrant and active non-traditional student community that includes students who have been out of school for a number of years.
- How long does it take to complete law school?
The full-time program generally takes three years to complete the 91 credits required for graduation.
- Do you have a part-time program?
Yes, we do have a part-time day program which allows students to attend law school on a part-time basis during the day. The program allows the student a maximum of five years to complete the program and obtain the J.D. degree. You must maintain a minimum course load of nine credit hours per semester.
- Do you have night classes?
We do offer a limited schedule of night classes. However, students will not be able to fulfill requirements with night classes alone.
- Do you have a summer or spring start option?
We do have a summer start option, though space is limited.
- Are first year students permitted to work?
No. Full time law students are expected to spend the majority of
their time on their studies. As a result, they are not permitted to work.