UMKC School of Law admission practices reflect our belief that you are not a number or a set of numbers. While we do consider your LSAT score and your undergraduate course of study and performance in making admissions decisions, we are equally interested in meeting the “you” behind the numbers. To accomplish this, we carefully consider your whole file including your personal statement and letters of recommendation.
Moreover, we are one of the few, if not the only law school in the country, that conducts a personal interview with every applicant before an offer of admission is made. We encourage in-person interviews to allow applicants to visit the school, sit in on a class, and get a tour of the building from one of our student emissaries. The personal interview process allows applicants to make a better-informed judgment about UMKC and whether we are the right fit. We are happy to conduct interviews by phone or Skype as well.
UMKC’s desire to interview people before admitting them says a lot about how we treat our students. Every member of the faculty, administration, and staff believes in our goal to make the law school a genuine community with real, personal connections to every student.
The UMKC Law Foundation and Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the UMKC School of Law. Together, the Foundation and Alumni Association work to deepen the connections alumni and friends have to the School of Law and provide financial support for academic enhancement and outreach. Each year, the Law Foundation distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship aid to students and additional support for technology, programming, lectures, and library acquisitions. The Alumni Association presents several events, including the annual signature gala.
The Career Services Office at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law is dedicated to assisting students and alumni with their career search strategies. It is our mission to guide individuals through the process of moving from legal scholar to practicing attorney. Our office staff provides many years of first-hand legal experience and counseling to help custom-tailor a search including unique skills, personality and career goals.
We maintain job-posting databases for both students and alumni. These opportunities are available to users electronically through the Symplicity Career Services Management System. We also assist employers with matching their needs to available students’ backgrounds. We facilitate employer-student engagements through job postings, on-campus interviews and assisting with in-house interviews.
Lindsay Runnels joined UMKC School of Law in August 2016 as an Associate Clinical Professor. Lindsay will be teaching Wrongful Convictions and overseeing the Innocence Project Clinic. Runnels comes to us from Morgan Pilate, a criminal and civil rights litigation firm. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a J.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
With the help of our students, she and the Midwest Innocence Project will partner to litigate innocence cases within the region. Lindsay is a lifetime Royals fan and spends much of her free time reading Dr. Seuss’ books – over and over and over again.
Students are a central and vibrant part of the law school’s Community of Learners. Student Services is dedicated to providing students with the necessary support that fosters the best possible learning experience, and ultimately, academic success. The Student Services director, Adela Fleming, helps students navigate through the day-to-day life experiences that co-exist with the academic rigors of law school study. A broad range of services supports students from, but not limited to, personal counseling, academic guidance, disability and ESL support, exam administration and student organizations.
Tom Thomas joined the Kansas City Tax Clinic in August 2016 as the Assistant Director.
Tom received his bachelor of arts in English from the University of Mississippi in 1971; he received his juris doctorate with honors from the University of Mississippi in 1973. Tom joined the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, in 1974 as a trial attorney. He held positions of increased responsibility in Counsel’s office until his retirement in 2015, as Division Counsel, Small Business/Self-Employed. Tom received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2005. He is admitted to practice in the States of Mississippi and Missouri, the United States Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.