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Does UMKC offer or recommend an LSAT prep class?

The LSAT is a required standardized test for entry to law school, and as is the case with most standardized tests, preparation is recommended. In order to achieve their full potential on the LSAT, most law school applicants will familiarize themselves with the types of questions asked, take practice tests, and put in time to study before taking the actual test. We recommend that applicants evaluate themselves in terms of their study habits and learning style to determine what kind of course of study for the LSAT would work best for them as individuals. Some students find success by using prep books or online materials and studying on their own while others may find that a prep course and/or tutor is most beneficial to their learning style.

UMKC School of Law often hosts an LSAT preparatory class by Get Smarter Prep held during the month leading up to an LSAT exam. Classes begin about a month before the date of the exam, and you can find further information about the course and registration directly through the Get Smarter Prep website.

Are first year students permitted to work?

No.  Full time law students are expected to spend the majority of their time on their studies.  As a result, they are not permitted to work. In the second and third years a student can work up to 20 hours per week. 

Do you have a summer or spring start option?

We have both a spring and summer start option. The spring start program is part-time. Students can choose to switch to full-time after the spring. We also have a summer start option, though space is limited.

Do you have night classes?

We do offer a limited schedule of night classes. However, students will not be able to fulfill requirements with night classes alone. Most night classes are elective courses. 

Do you have a part-time program?

Yes, we do have a part-time day program which allows students to attend law school on a part-time basis during the day. The program allows the student a maximum of five years to complete the program and obtain the J.D. degree. You must maintain a minimum course load of nine credit hours per semester.

How long does it take to complete law school?

The full-time program generally takes three years to complete the 91 credits required for graduation.

What is the average age of an entering UMKC Law Student?

Our average entrant is 26 years old. However, we do have a vibrant and active non-traditional student community that includes students who have been out of school for a number of years.

What undergrad majors do you prefer for law school?

We suggest that undergraduates simply major in what they are passionate about. There is no right or wrong major for law school.

Who should write my letters of recommendation? How does LSAC handle letters of recommendation?

If you are still in undergraduate school or you have recently graduated, ask professors to provide a letter of recommendation, especially if you have done well academically. If you have been out of school for at least three years, ask an employer or someone who knows you well. The recommender should be able to assess issues that will be critical to your success in law school, such as intellect, motivation, and communication skills. Choose recommenders who are impressed by you and your achievements over those who you think we will find impressive due to their title. Applicants must submit letters of recommendation to us through the CAS.

How long should my personal statement be, and what should I write about?

Personal statements should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced. You should avoid restating things that can be found elsewhere in your application (such as on your résumé or transcripts). We suggest you write about something else you would like us to know about you, such as what motivates your decision to attend law school or what unique perspectives you can bring to a law school classroom. Make sure you proofread this carefully. We suggest bringing it to your undergraduate school’s writing center for assistance.