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UMKC to offer LSAT prep course for June test

lsatprepUMKC gearing up to once again offering a unique opportunity for students preparing for law school to study and prepare for the upcoming LSAT. The School of Law has partnered with Get Smarter Prep to provide students with the opportunity to enroll in a six-week LSAT prep course to prepare for the June 8 test date. The course is designed to not only cover the LSAT sections and writing sample, but also the law school admissions process.

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UMKC Named One of the Best Schools for Bar Exam Preparation

Dean Suni addresses graduates during Bar Sendoff while faculty and staff look on

Dean Suni addresses graduates during Bar Sendoff while faculty and staff look on

UMKC School of Law was recognized by The National Jurist as one of the best schools in the nation for bar exam preparation.  “LSAT scores are designed, in part, to predict success on the bar exam.  But 33 schools excel above and beyond what their LSAT scores predict.”[i]   UMKC was named the 14th school in the nation that adds the most value to their students when it comes to the bar exam.  UMKC improves the chances of passing the exam beyond our LSAT predictors by 8.26%.  UMKC is the only law school in the region named in the top 45 schools listed.

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Family Law Students Compete in ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition

Family Law Competition Team

Client Counseling Team Sarah Holdmeyer and Drew Williams interviewing teammate Vanessa Vanden Bout Geer

UMKC was well-represented in the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition, February 7-9, 2015, in Fayettville, Arkansas. The competition is designed around a simulated law office consultation in which law students assume the role of an attorney presented with a client issue.  Using skills learned in class and practice sessions with coaches and peers, students interview and counsel the client about possible solutions to the hypothetical situation. The topic for this year’s competition was family law.

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The Inaugural Hon. Frank W. Koger Lecture on Commercial and Bankruptcy Law

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The UMKC School of Law will be hosting the Inaugural Hon. Frank W. Koger Lecture on Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Monday, March 30. This year's lecture, The World is Flat (Broke): Globalizing Bankruptcy Law, features keynote speaker, G. Ray Warner. Warner is a professor of law and associate dean of bankruptcy studies at St. John's University School of Law in New York and previously taught bankruptcy law at UMKC. This free event starts at 5 p.m. with a reception, which will be followed with the Judge Koger portrait presentation at 5:45 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m.
The lecture will be live streamed at this link.

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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: 172
Full-time: 164
Part-time: 8
Mean LSAT: 152
Mean GPA: 3.26
Male to Female ratio: 53/47%
Enrolled Minorities: 16% (self-identifying)
Average age: 26
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.

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