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Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program - June 6 - July 18, 2014 A Commitment to diversity in lawThe University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law is proud to be a partner school for the LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program.  PLUS summer programs are targeted to but not restricted to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession.  UMKC’s PLUS summer institute includes a 4-week intensive academic and lawyering skills program designed to familiarize students with scholarly and professional expectations for law students.  After successful completion of this coursework and affiliated field trips, students will then be placed in a 2-week legal internship at a law firm, courthouse, or corporation in the Kansas City metro region.


The first four weeks of the PLUS Summer Institute (June 6 – July 3) will consist of coursework which will include, but is not limited to: Legal Writing, Legal Research, Intellectual Property, Contracts, and Mock Trial.  Students will also participate in seminars ranging from Professional Responsibility and Career Development to How to Be a Happy Lawyer. 

During these first four weeks, students will be required to live on campus (room and board provided) in the heart of beautiful Kansas City, Missouri.  We will take advantage of UMKC’s urban location to take field trips to law firms and courthouses so that students can gain valuable exposure to the inner workings of these sites and have the opportunity to interact with an array of practicing legal professionals.

With the successful completion of their PLUS coursework, students will receive 3 UMKC credit hours which may be transferrable to other undergraduate institutions.

The last two weeks of the PLUS Summer Institute (July 7 – 18) will consist of a paid internship in the Kansas City metro region.  These internships will further allow students to see and experience what it is like to work in the field of law and the ways in which they can further hone their skills in an applied environment.  Ultimately, we aim to equip students with the experiential and practical knowledge that will enhance their resumes and assist them in their pursuit of a legal career.  For students who need it, extended housing will be available, and a residential fee will be deducted from their internship stipend.

Students will be assisted, mentored, and supported by current law students who will act as their Resident Advisors and Teaching Assistants throughout the duration of the program.

Program costs are fully covered through the generous support of LSAC’s  UMKC’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars summer institute is designed for students who have completed 25-60 college credit hours, are enrolled in a college or university, are registered with, and have an interest in law as a career.  Criteria for admission will include academic performance and writing, leadership, service to the community, and demonstrated interest in law.  Preference will be given to students who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in the field of law, students who have demonstrated financial need, and/or students who are from and/or intend to practice in the Midwest.

Application materials must be sent by March 3, 2014 in order to receive full consideration, and all application materials should be mailed as one packet (with the exception of recommendation letters, which may be sent separately).  For further instruction, please review the UMKC PLUS PROGRAM APPLICATION

Along with a completed copy of your application, please submit the following:

  • UMKC PLUS Program Personal Statement (“Essay”)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcript(s) – both official and unofficial copies are acceptable


Applicants must commit to the entire 6-week program in order to meet eligibility requirements.  Program dates are June 6 – July 18, 2014.

Accepted students will be notified by April 28, 2014.


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For any inquiries about the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s PLUS program, application, or requirements, please contact Lydia Dagenais:

Lydia Dagenais, PLUS Director
Director of Admissions, UMKC School of Law

PLUS application materials should be sent to UMKC School of Law with attention to Brieanne Hilton:

Brieanne Hilton, PLUS Assistant Director
UMKC School of Law
Office of Admissions, 1-201
500 East 52nd Street
Kansas City, MO

p. 816-325-1644 
f. 816-235-5276


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