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UMKC CLE Hosts “The Time Is Now!” in Kansas City, Overland Park and St. Louis

UMKC CLE is hosting its annual “The Time Is Now!” series lineup. The deadline to meet CLE credits is approaching fast, and UMKC CLE is offering multiple programs to meet the end-of-year needs for lawyers in Missouri and Kansas. Each hour is $45 with a $345 max fee that pays for as many hours as you would like to obtain. Don’t miss the programs this week in Overland Park and at the School of Law!

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UMKC Law Places Third in Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

Alison Stephens and Blake Smith after the Top Gun Mock Trial CompetitionAfter continually advancing in competitions, including three national trial competitions this past spring, UMKC School of Law was invited to participate in one of the most significant tournaments in the nation. The Baylor Law School Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament where the best advocates from the top 16 trial advocacy schools compete for the honor of Top Gun. Blake D. Smith (J.D. ’17), with the assistance of Alison Stephens (J.D. ’17), placed third as a semifinalist.

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UMKC Law Receives Support for New Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

UMKC School of Law has continued to seek to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal education field. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC awarded the School of Law part of the 2017 Inclusive Excellence Grant to support two new diversity initiatives: Courageous Conversations and the Kansas City Youth Court pipeline program.

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Earn Your Final CLE Credits at The Time Is Now

The June 30 CLE Deadline is approaching fast! Complete your hours with UMKC. Join us at the annual The Time is Now! events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Overland Park, and online via web-cast. MCLE credit: Up to 93 hours; 28 ethics.

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Welcome to the UMKC School of Law website. We appreciate your interest in our school, and I hope you will use this site as an opportunity to become acquainted with our outstanding faculty, staff, students and program.

At UMKC, we are powered by experience. From our faculty who teach from a breadth of real-world experience to the hands-on practical training you’ll experience as a student, we are committed to providing a legal education that prepares students for a fulfilling career. With our reasonable cost, the strong job placement of our graduate and our outstanding bar passage rates, UMKC's value is undeniable. We are an inclusive, student-centered law school where faculty and students works together in a supportive environment. Our faculty, with more practice experience than at most schools, are productive scholars and dedicated teachers. We pride ourselves in integrating high-level theory with practical skills to educate lawyers who develop a sense of professionalism and judgment and who are excellent problem solvers, able to well serve their clients and communities.

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UMKC School of Law is the urban law school of the University of Missouri system and provides its students with a comprehensive, affordable legal education comprised of a personalized admissions process, collaboration with supportive faculty, real-world opportunities in a vibrant city, and tools and skills to experience professional success.

The law school is located at the edge of the Volker Campus in the heart of Kansas City. The facilities include two modern, state-of-the-art courtrooms (one with an innovative viewing theater) and faculty suites with student offices and carrels to encourage faculty-student interaction. Our extensive library collection meets the research and information needs of students and the greater legal community.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law is a public law school founded in 1895 as the Kansas City School of Law, a private, independent law school located in downtown Kansas City. Three young lawyers – William Borland, Edward Ellison and Elmer Powell – founded the law school with assistance from members of the bench and bar.

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Entering students: 122
Full-time: 113
Part-time: 9
Median LSAT: 152
Median GPA: 3.39
Male to Female ratio: 55/45%
Enrolled Minorities: 20% (self-identifying)
Average age: 26
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

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