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. For those seeking legal resources, The Missouri Bar provides:

    • Lawyer Search, a free online tool to help you find a lawyer to hire who is in good standing and currently accepting new clients (search by areas of practice or location);
    • The Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers, where you confirm if a lawyer is licensed and in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri;
    •, an online service for low-income Missouri residents to get free legal answers about non-criminal problems from volunteer lawyers; and
    • A list of discounted and pro bono legal service providers

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In addition,  the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (417-831-2783) offers attorney referral services. Individuals seeking legal services in Kansas may utilize the Kansas Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service by calling 1-(800) 928-3111.