UMKC’s LLM program is an outstanding value: great education at an affordable price.
The program focuses on developing lawyering skills including legal analysis, research, writing, interviewing, counseling and negotiating. As a capstone experience, students have the opportunity to compete in the LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.
LLM students take eight credit hours of compulsory courses and sixteen credit hours of elective courses from the JD curriculum. Students may specialize in subject areas of their choice such as business law, international law, international business, intellectual property, criminal law, family law, etc.
LLM students receive exceptional academic support, starting with the Legal English Workshop, a 4-week summer program to improve legal vocabulary and introduce key legal terms and concepts. Students also have access to the Summer Enrichment program which teaches students how to prepare for law study in the U.S. During the semester, students are provided with tutorials to provide additional instruction and advice to prepare for classes and exams. The program is relatively small, so students receive personal attention.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the program is the welcoming environment at UMKC and in Kansas City. Faculty, staff, and students are extraordinarily helpful to international students. Even strangers in Kansas City will say hello to international students and offer assistance.
Many international students are eligible to take a U.S. bar exam upon completion of the LLM program. UMKC graduates from the LLM program are eligible to participate in a specially designed UMKC bar preparation course, which has a success rate of well over 90%. The pass rate for U.S. bar exams (New York and California) for UMKC graduates from the LLM program is approximately 72%.
Successful LL.M. students may transfer to the JD program without taking the LSAT. JD courses taken by the students during their LL.M. studies are transferrable for credit in the JD program, reducing the number of credit hours necessary to complete the program.