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ACCOMPLISHED Graduating students with the skills necessary to succeed in the legal market.

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RELEVANT Providing practical skills training beyond the classroom experience.

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AFFORDABLE Understanding the importance of a great, yet affordable, legal education.

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UMKC Law Gives Back on Giving Tuesday

On December 3, for Giving Tuesday, the UMKC Law Foundation wants to celebrate its own Day of Giving and give back to its alumni. The Foundation presents, “Cultural Competence as Professional Responsibility,” a complimentary ethics CLE by Dean Barbara Glesner Fines. There will be a webcast video replay presentation from noon-12:50 p.m. MCLE credit: Missouri 1.0 hour cultural competence/Kansas ethics Pending.

U.S. Supreme Court Excursion

Join UMKC Law for the U.S. Supreme Court Excursion
April 5-6, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
Join Dean Barbara Glesner Fines, along with UMKC School of Law faculty, staff, alumni and friends for our third U.S. Supreme Court Excursion to Washington D.C. on April 5-6, 2020. Become a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in open court on April 6, 2020. On Sunday, April 5, UMKC Law will host a group tour, CLE Session(s), and a Reception. More information available here.

School of Law Receives $3 Million Gift To Upgrade Classrooms and Student Services

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law will receive $3 million of a $15 million gift from the Sunderland Foundation for the renovation of its classrooms and student services areas.

This year, the school is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its building. Recently, the law school’s two courtrooms and its collaborative library space have been upgraded and a new entrance driveway and parking area was built. The progress now continues with a reorganization of spaces to better meet the needs of both prospective and current law students and a much-needed renovation of two classrooms.  

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Register for MINK Law Day 2019

Meet UMKC School of Law at MINK Law Day, Thursday, Sept. 5 from 2:30 – 6:00 PM at the Overland Park Convention Center. This FREE event is an opportunity to meet with more than 90 law school representatives from around the country, including UMKC Law faculty and admissions representatives. LSAC will also be on hand to demonstrate some of the changes coming to the LSAT.
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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: 127
Full-time: 116
Part-time: 11
Median LSAT: 153
Median GPA: 3.41
Male to Female ratio: 50/50%
Enrolled Minorities: 17% (self-identifying)
Average age: 25
State of residence other than Missouri or Kansas: California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Ontario, Canada

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