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Can I work during law school?

Yes, part-time students are permitted to work. 

What is the average age for a UMKC law student?

Our average age for the last three incoming 1L classes has been 26. While the majority of our students are recent college graduates, we also have a vibrant community of students returning to law school as a second (or third!) career.

Are there any scholarships exclusively for non-traditional students?

Yes. The Suzanne Gilmore Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one law student who is a single custodial parent over the age of 30, and the Alan Brooks Memorial Scholarship is awarded with a preference toward non-traditional students, students of color, or students with a military background. To learn more about these scholarships as well as our other scholarships, please visit the Scholarships page.*

*Please note that these awards may not be available each semester, as they are dependent on funding.

How does the part-time option impact my financial aid?

Part-time students are eligible for both financial aid (student loans) and scholarships (merit-based awards). The criteria for receiving merit-based scholarships are the same for both part-time and full-time students. The monetary awards may still be structured for 3 years, however, even if it takes longer than 3 years to graduate. Scholarships are also structured to be applied for Fall and Spring semesters, not for Summer.

Students taking at least 5 credit hours are eligible for financial aid; students taking 10 credit hours are considered “full-time” for financial aid purposes. While the amount allowed toward tuition, fees, and books varies depending upon whether a student is classified as part-time (5-9 credit hours) or full-time (10+ credit hours), students get the same living expenses allowance regardless.

Students can also easily switch between part-time status and full-time status as they choose, with permission by a dean or advisor.

Do you offer evening, weekend, or online courses?

We do not offer weekend or online courses. We do have a very limited number of evening classes, but the JD degree cannot be completed exclusively in the evenings. Part-time students must have a flexible work schedule. 

What are the course requirements for the part-time program?

In the part-time program, you will take the same courses as full-time JD students, but on an extended schedule. You have up to 5 years to complete the program. You can take mini-term or summer courses to complete the degree faster, and you may opt to take additional courses some semesters as well.

What are the admissions standards for the part-time program?

The admissions standards for the part-time program and the full-time program are the same.