UMKC School of Law offers several enrollment options for both the J.D. and LL.M. degree. The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is the first professional degree and is the degree generally required to become a member of the Bar. The LL.M., or Masters in Law, is an advanced degree in law for those who have already obtained a J.D. degree or its equivalent.
The preferred J.D. option is to enroll in full time study after obtaining an undergraduate degree. For those for whom full time enrollment is not an option, the School offers a part time day program. Students in the part time program must take a minimum of eight hours each semester and have up to five years to complete the degree. Students may transfer into the full time program after completing the first two years of study or earlier with permission of the Associate Dean.
The School offers a 90+ Program for those interested in completing their Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree in six rather than seven years. Most participants in the program obtain their undergraduate degree as well as their law degree from UMKC. Arrangements can be made on an individual basis to participate with other undergraduate institutions. Please consult with our Admissions Office for more information.
The School also offers several dual degree options, including a J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.A., and J.D./LL.M (Tax).
For those interested in pursuing advanced study in law, the School offers several options, including a general LL.M. and specialized LL.M. degrees in tax and urban affairs.