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John Hoskins

Student John Hoskins speaking

Received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the UMKC College of Arts and Science

Attending law school was the last career path John Hoskins pictured himself taking. With a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences, John spent the first 10 years of his career managing computer networks. After the dot-com bubble burst and computer jobs evaporated in 2000, John became an electrician.

Then, one morning in 2009, John woke up with an overwhelming desire to become a lawyer.

“A lot of it stems more from wanting to help people out, from seeing people where legal counsel is what they really need,” John said. “I feel like becoming a lawyer is going to give me the ability to do that for people.”

Unable to attend full-time, John is enrolled in the UMKC School of Law’s part-time program and works full-time as an electrician. In the law school’s part-time program, students must enroll in eight to nine hours of classes each semester in the first year, and eight to twelve hours per semester thereafter. In all other respects, students enrolled part-time are required to satisfy all graduation requirements applicable to full-time students, including the requirement that they complete all degree requirements within five years.

Although he does not log the same number of on-campus hours as his full-time classmates, John says he feels very much a part of the law school community.

“It’s nice to be back in a group where everybody knows everybody and everybody is friends with everybody,” John said. “You see a lot of people in the same classes getting together, and people are sharing notes. Even though it’s competitive, it seems like at the same time everybody works together.”



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