Selection for most scholarships is based solely on material in the student’s application for admission and admissions interview. Some of our need-based scholarships may also require that a student submit their FAFSA to UMKC in order to be considered. Information on other scholarships, including any application instructions, will be relayed to admitted students in the spring before entry. Students who would like to be considered for scholarships should complete their applications for admission by the March 1 priority deadline in order to receive maximum consideration for our full range of scholarships.


All admitted students are considered for our merit-based, Second Century scholarships. The primary criteria for these scholarships are LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, and the admissions interview. Other academic and personal characteristics are also considered including, but not limited to: course of study, post-graduate programs of study, writing, experience, leadership, and community engagement.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to admitted students within approximately 1-2 week of admission.

In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, students must submit their FAFSA to UMKC in a timely manner (may be submitted as early as January 1; priority deadline is February 1). UMKC’s FAFSA code is 002518.

Need-based scholarships are awarded to matriculating students over the summer, and recipients are notified at the beginning of the academic year.

We routinely offer scholarships for all non-resident applicants so that non-resident students pay equivalent to in-state tuition. These scholarships are granted for the entirety of the J.D. career. 

Non-resident tuition scholarships are awarded to admitted students within approximately 1-2 weeks of admission.

UMKC Law is proud to offer two 3-year full tuition scholarships, the Julian Klein Davidson Scholarship and the Jack and Helyn Miller Scholarship, to outstanding members of the entering class. Admitted students who meet the academic qualifications and demonstrate the leadership potential which serve as the criteria for these awards will be invited to apply. Finalists will be required to interview with members of the Scholarship Committee during our Scholarship Day in March.

Only students who apply for admission by March 1 will be considered for our full scholarships. Recipients will be notified before April 1.

Additional Scholarship Information

Our Second Century scholarship program requires only that students maintain good academic standing in order to retain their scholarship awards. In addition to Second Century scholarships, which are offered in conjunction with admission, there are several specific scholarships for which students may apply. Please see below for detailed scholarship retention data as well as our Scholarship Applications page.

View scholarship retention data  Scholarship Applications