Many students enter law school with dreams of promoting justice, fighting for the underdog, and making a difference in the world.  Unfortunately, the amount of time and energy dedicated to academic work, coupled with the increasing amount of student loans, leaves many students feeling as if a career in public service, or even dedicating time to pro bono work, is nothing more than a dream. 

It is because of these challenges that UMKC Law offers two programs dedicated to instilling a sense of civic responsibility in its students while also meeting the needs of the community: the Pro Bono Public Service Honors Program (the “Honors Program”) and the Judge John W. Oliver Public Service Program (the “Oliver Fellowship Program”). 

Neither the Honors Program nor the Oliver Fellowship Program provides any pro bono legal services to individuals seeking representation. Individuals seeking legal services in Missouri may utilize the Missouri Bar referral service, which helps connect potential clients to Missouri Bar members. For more information, call 573-636-3635 or visit In addition, The Bar Association of St. Louis (314-621-6681), and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (417-831-2783) offer attorney referral services. Individuals seeking legal services in Kansas may utilize the Kansas Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service by calling 1-(800) 928-3111.