Charnissa Holliday Scott
Received a bachelor’s degree from Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. and a master’s degree in Education and an Education Specialist degree in Superintendent Administration from Avila University.
After serving as a school district administrator for several years, Charnissa Holliday Scott wanted to make a change in her life.
“I’ve always been interested in law,” Charnissa said. “A friend of mine who was an attorney talked me into taking the LSAT, and I took it. And now I’m here and I’m looking at graduation in May 2011.”
Charnissa is focusing on litigation and appellate practice through class electives, an appellate clinic and UMKC’s National Family Law Moot Court Team
As part of the appellate clinic, Charnissa will try unemployment compensation cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. With the moot court team, she argued her case in the Ohio Supreme Court building.
“It was time-consuming, challenging and difficult at times,” Charnissa said. “But when I was standing there in the Ohio Supreme Court building arguing my case, it made it all worth it.”
In the fall of 2010, she will serve as president of the Black Law Student Association. She also has joined the Association for Women Law Students.
“The Association of Women Law Students has been a great support for female students and with myself being a minority, the Black Law Student Association has just embraced all students and especially the minority students to ensure everyone will graduate.”
In addition to ensuring that everyone will graduate, the law school is renowned for its bar preparation program. Boasting the highest bar passage rate in Missouri – 98.31 percent for first-time exam-takers and 96.7 for all exam-takers – the School of Law offers its own bar preparation course and commercial bar preparation courses.