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Beyond One L: Contemporary Stories of First Year Law Students

Recently, a book edited by Nancy Levit and Allen Rostron, both associate deans at UMKC School of Law, has been published. Beyond One L: Stories About Finding Meaning and Making a Difference in Law is inspired by Scott Turow’s One L, the classic account of a first year law student’s experience at Harvard Law School. 

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Mastering Motherhood and the Bar Exam: Grace Colato (J.D. ’18)

  The bar examination pushes graduates to their limits and absorbs all of their time. Grace Colato (J.D. ’18), however, had to juggle caring for a new baby and a preparing for her future. This is the third and final article in our series of stories of graduates overcoming challenges to reach their dream of passing the bar and becoming licensed attorneys.

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Fear and Faith: Darrell Smith (J.D. ’18)

In the second story in our series of graduates who overcame challenges to pass the bar examination, Darrell Smith (J.D. ’18) met the bar driven by his fear and faith.

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UMKC Gives Back on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27

On Nov. 27, for Giving Tuesday, the UMKC Law Foundation wants to celebrate its own Day of Giving and give back to its alumni. The Foundation presents, “Advocacy and Civility,” a complimentary ethics CLE by Dean Barbara Glesner Fines. There will be a webcast presentation from 12:00-12:50 p.m. and again from 4-4:50 p.m. MCLE credit: Missouri 1.0 hour ethics/Kansas Pending. 

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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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