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Clint Newton (J.D. ’97) Receives IP Property Attorney of the Year Award

Clint Newton with his IP AwardOn May 4, 2018, Shook, Hardy & Bacon partner, Clint Newton (J.D. ‘97) received the 2018 Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year Award from the Kansas Bar Association. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in intellectual property law by fellow KBA members.

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AccessLex Awards UMKC Law Student $40,000

Kourtney Hodge receives a check for $40,000Last week, AccessLex held its MAX by AccessLex® Grand Prize Scholarship drawing and awarded two MAX students $40,000 toward their 2018-2019 tuition and other expenses. One of the students was our very own Kourtney Hodge, a rising 2L at the law school. The other was Andrea Shaia of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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Alison Stephens (J.D. ’18) Recognized with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Award

Each semester, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs calls for nominations of outstanding graduating students who have maintained high academic achievements while contributing exceptional leadership and service to the University and our community. This year, an extraordinary student, Alison Stephens, was nominated by the Professional and Career Development Center Director, Molly Wilensky, for the award. On May 11, Stephens and the other honorees were recognized at a breakfast celebration.

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Don’t Miss the Third-Annual En Banc Event

The UMKC School of Law Young Alumni Group are putting on the third-annual, En Banc, event on Thursday, August 9 at Boulevard Brewery from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Young alumni classes 2013-2018 are invited to attend! No RSVP is required. The event is generously sponsored by Krause & Kinsman Law Firm.

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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: 115
Part-time: 7
Median LSAT: 152
Median GPA: 3.42
Male to Female ratio: 51/49%
Enrolled Minorities: 14% (self-identifying)
Average age: 25
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: California, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin 

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