Public Services

As the only law school in the area, we proudly serve our community. Explore the resources we make available to the public.

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Leon E. Bloch Law Library
500 E. 52nd St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Service Desk: 816-235-1650
umkclawlibrary@umkc.edu

Hours
Mon.-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Self-Help Clinic
816-235-2271
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Members of the public who visit the library must conduct their own legal research and may not solicit legal advice from law students or other library patrons.


Our library staff may

  • Direct you to where resources are located in the library
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of the Library’s catalog and electronic resources available to the public
  • Refer you to the services available at Legal Aid's Self-Help Clinic

Our library staff may not

  • Answer legal questions or give legal advice
  • Tell you what you need to do to accomplish your legal goal

Virtual Self-Help Clinic

The Self-Help Clinic is available remotely. If you need to speak with one of our volunteer attorneys, please fill-out the online application below to schedule a video conference call. If you have questions or if you need help with research services please call or email us.

Phone: 816-235-2271
Email: umkclawprose@umkc.edu

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Resources

If you plan to represent yourself, you must attend the Litigant Awareness Program.

Representing yourself in Missouri courts: access to family courts

The Missouri Judiciary and the Missouri Bar provides helpful self-representing resources for family law matters in Missouri. The following are quick links to even more of their online resources.

Jackson County Circuit Court

Jackson County Circuit Court also provides forms that can be completed online and then printed out for submission to the court. Visit their site for forms relating to child support, small claims and more.

Service documents

United States District Courts, Western District of Missouri

This federal court publishes a number of forms, including templates for a Civil Complaint, a Title VII Complaint, a Social Security Complaint, and an Application for Leave to File Without Payment.

The Missouri Bar — advance directives

The Missouri Bar Association publishes forms for Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive, which can ensure that a person’s wishes regarding future health care are met, and can also relieve families from having to make difficult decisions at a time of great stress.

Procedural rules

All Missouri courts are bound to follow certain procedural rules and will expect self-represented litigants to operate by those rules as well. Below are direct links to the most commonly applicable procedural rules:

Local rules

Missouri Courts also publish local rules, which are specific to the individual court. Each court will expect self-represented litigants to operate by its local rules in addition to the procedural rules that are applicable to all courts. Below are direct links to the local rules of the Jackson County Circuit Court and the Missouri Courts of Appeals.

Procedural rules

All Kansas courts are bound to follow certain procedural rules and will expect self-represented litigants to operate by those rules as well. Below are direct links to the most commonly applicable procedural rules:

Local rules

Kansas Courts also publish local rules, which are specific to the individual court. Each court will expect self-represented litigants to operate by its local rules in addition to the procedural rules that are applicable to all courts. Below is a direct link to the local rules of Johnson County Circuit Court.

The Self-Help Law Clinic at the UMKC Leon E. Bloch law Library provides limited scope representation to individuals seeking legal assistance. Through its collaboration with Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Volunteer Attorney Project, the clinic has the resources to assist the general public with a vast array of legal issues.

Individuals are encouraged to bring with them any materials they think will be necessary or helpful to the attorney who will be helping them with their case.

Virtual Self-Help Clinic

The Self-Help Clinic is available remotely. If you need to speak with one of our volunteer attorneys, please fill-out the online application below to schedule a video conference call. If you have questions or if you need help with research services please call or email us.

Phone: 816-235-2271
Email: umkclawprose@umkc.edu

Schedule a Consultation