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UMKC Hosts Third Annual “Show Me Challenge” National Voir Dire Competition

2015 Show Me Challenge Champions

Show Me Challenge Champions, University of Texas School of Law, with The Honorable Stephen R. Bough (’97) (center)

Law students from throughout the country gathered in Kansas City April 9-11 for UMKC School of Law’s third annual “Show Me Challenge” National Voir Dire Tournament, a three-day event that encourages students to gain knowledge and experience in an often under taught element of trial practice.

Thirteen law schools participated in this year’s tournament with rounds focusing on conducting the voir dire, acting as second chair counsel and presenting an opening statement.

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ELSA Moot Court Team Competes at North American Semifinals


Team members Sam Barfoot, Jared Thrasher, Billy Mejia, Andrew Edwards with and Professor Timothy Lynch

A UMKC moot court team ended one victory away from the World Championship at the European Law Students Association’s (ELSA) World Trade Organization Moot Court Competition, March 6-8 in Washington, DC.

Competing against 20 other teams, the UMKC team of Sam Barfoot, Andrew Edwards, Billy Mejia and Jared Thrasher lost to Harvard University in an extremely close North American semifinal matchup.

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Jessup International Moot Court team Has Strong Showing at Regionals

Jessup Team

Co-coach Thomas Nanney, team members Kelly Hewitt, Anthony McDaniel and Seth Slayden and co-coach Professor Timothy Lynch

UMKC’s Jessup International Moot Court team came within a single victory of advancing to the World Championships as it competed against 19 other teams February 20-22 in the Rocky Mountain Super Regional in Denver, Colo.

The student team of Kelly Hewitt, Anthony McDaniel and Seth Slayden started 5-0 before losing a close battle to Stanford University in the semifinal round of the competition. Hewitt was briefly hospitalized with an illness while in Denver, but managed to recover and join the competition to help the team.

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2015 Spring Commencement


The UMKC School of Law will be celebrating its graduates and their families at the commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at Swinney Recreation Center. In addition to the ceremony, the law school will also be hosting a baccalaureate service, award ceremony and award ceremony reception Friday, May 15.

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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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