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. Explore our programs below and learn how you can become part of our community.

Lunch and Learns

The 1L Enrichment Program for diverse first-year students is hosted in conjunction with Seigfreid Bingham, PC. This program offers lunch and learn sessions facilitated by recent graduates and experienced attorneys on topics such as study habits, test preparation and career development. Students also benefit from the Annual Diversity Luncheon with Legal Aid of Missouri.

Discover Law Day

Discover Law Day is a law school access program that introduces underrepresented students to the field of law. Participants have the opportunity to attend a mock class, speak to current students and admissions staff, and hear about the legal profession from judges, lawyers, and faculty. The program will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Visit here to learn more about Discover Law Day.

Additional opportunities

UMKC School of Law is a proud participant in other diversity events in the Kansas City community and nationwide. Some of these events include the UMKC Pride Breakfast, UMKC Avanzando, PREP KC, Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, Kauffman Scholars program, Latinos of Tomorrow, McNair Heartland Research Institute, NAPABA Conference, CLEO Summer Institute.

DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program

The DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is a three year grant for law schools to conduct programs targeted to but not restricted to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. UMKC participated in 2011, 2012, and 2014. UMKC’s PLUS summer institute included a 4-week academic and lawyering skills program followed by a 2-week legal internship in the Kansas City metro region. Visit here for more information on the program and where it is currently offered.