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Admissions process

Thank you for your interest in UMKC School of Law! The admissions process is both highly competitive and selective, due in large part to the limited number of seats available to an entering class. Please know that each application is reviewed in its entirety.

Applications for admission are accepted beginning September 1 prior to the year of entrance. We do not have an official application deadline; however, we do suggest you submit your application as early as possible, preferably before March 1.

Before applying

Earn a bachelor’s degree based on a program of courses with substantial intellectual content from an approved institution, or;

Complete at least 90 hours of credit in courses with substantial intellectual content from an approved institution, completed all non-elective coursework toward a bachelor’s degree, and make arrangements with the school that will award the degree to accept law school credits for the remainder of the work required to earn that degree, so that the student will earn that degree either previous to or concurrent with the J.D. degree.

Application components

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
We recommend you take the LSAT as early as possible (June, October, or December). You may take the test more than once. UMKC places primary consideration on your highest score when reviewing applications. Scores should be no older than five years. Please see the LSAT official website for more information.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration
The Credential Assembly Service collects applicants’ transcripts, letters of recommendations, writing samples, and evaluations. Reports are then sent to UMKC School of Law along with your LSAT score.

UMKC School of Law application
An application for UMKC must be completed and submitted electronically through the LSAC website (Law School Admission Council). If you require the application in a format other than electronic, please contact LSAC directly for accommodation.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $60 must be submitted with your application via LSAC.

Official Transcripts
Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be submitted to LSAC.

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation should be written by an academic professor, or if you’ve been out of school for more than three years, an employer or someone who knows you well. The letters should address issues of intellect, motivation, and communication skills. Applicants must use the LSAC service for submitting letters. Please note: although the admissions committee does accept evaluations through LSAC, we do not accept evaluations in lieu of letters of recommendation.

Applicants should include an updated résumé in their application materials uploaded to their LSAC accounts. Resumes should include information about your education, employment, activities, community service, etc.

Personal statement
The personal statement should be kept to two pages, double-spaced, and submitted through LSAC. We recommend you choose a topic that is not already addressed in the rest of your application. Write about something you want us to know about you – your motivation, what you bring to the classroom, etc. Make sure your statement is free of spelling and grammatical errors, and have someone else read it over before submission.

Optional Addendum
Feel free to submit an additional addendum to explain any relevant information you did not address in your personal statement. This is your opportunity to address any areas of concern in your application materials.

Optional Diversity Statement
UMKC is dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity within the legal profession while supporting the foundations of good lawyering: respect for people, knowledge, ideas, and justice. You are welcome to include a separate addendum explaining life experiences or personal characteristics you feel will add to a diverse student body.

Given that UMKC offers an extraordinarily personalized education, we make every effort to get to know our applicants through the admissions process. Our goal is to not only meet the “you” behind the numbers, but to allow for you to better know our community as well. For that reason, we conduct a personal interview with every applicant before an offer of admission is made. Interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee, and we strongly encourage in-person interviews to allow applicants to visit the school, sit in on a class, and get a tour of the building form one of our student emissaries.

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