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UMKC School of Law Celebrates 2015 Commencement

2015 CommencementThe University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law recently celebrated its graduates and their families at the commencement ceremonies held May 16. More than 140 students made up the May 2014 list of graduates, including 130 receiving their J.D.s and 13 receiving their LL.M.s.

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Student Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

umkclawnewsThe Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Sayra Gordillo, a second-year student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She will spend the fellowship working at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice in New Orleans, LA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to her outstanding qualifications.

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UMKC to Co-Host Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship and Midwest Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship

Midwest Entrepreneurship Symposia

The UMKC School of Law has continued its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship by co-organizing the Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship and Midwest Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship May 18-19, 2015, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center and Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Both symposia are being co-hosted by UMKC and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, in collaboration with the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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The Time Is Now CLE


Now is the time to earn your CLE credits with UMKC CLE’s “The Time is Now!” series lineup. With locations in Overland Park, Kansas City and St. Louis and webcasting, it is easier than ever to get what you need all at once. Each hour is $45 with a max fee of $345 for as many hours as you would like to obtain in the series.

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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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