Your professional development is our primary concern. The Professional and Career Development Center (The Center) provides services to empower, prepare, and assist our law students and alumni as they pursue their career goals. We work with a variety of employers who recruit UMKC Law students and alumni. You are encouraged to contact The Career Center for personalized and detailed information.

  • Planning & Search Strategy +

    The search for legal employment can be complex and requires a strategy and a plan. The Professional and Career Development Center exists to help you with your search. Career development begins early in law school. An orientation to the Career Center is held in October for all first-year students. The orientation program introduces students to the Career Center’s staff and career resources, such as CONNECT, an online resource for job postings, announcements, and resources. Each student is encouraged to meet with a career advisor to develop individualized short-term and long-term job search strategies.

    As you explore and pursue your career goals, you will need to be organized, flexible, and patient about achieving them. We encourage students to help us help you by staying actively involved with the Career Center and CONNECT, attending our programming, and seeking one-on-one career advising.

  • Connecting & Networking +

    Once you have worked on developing your career goals and search strategies, it is important to get involved with the legal and business communities. Connecting early and often with other professionals is a vital component of your career and professional development. Around 50% of our graduates indicate initial contact with their post-graduate employers came from referrals and/or self-initiation, so the importance of networking cannot be overstated. The Professional and Career Development Center (Career Center) hosts many opportunities to network with and learn from traditional and non-traditional legal professionals both on and off campus.

  • Resources +

    The Career Center provides resources to students and graduates throughout the process of acquiring legal employment. Whether seeking a part-time or summer position to add practical experience to one’s legal training or a position to commence one’s post-graduate career, the Career Center is available to help

    The Career Center uses CONNECT, a web-based tool, to provide instant access to a resource library, job board, on-campus recruiting, requesting an advising appointment, and other services. The resource library on CONNECT acts as an online handbook of tools that will address many common job search needs, including information on legal resumes, cover letters, writing samples, interviewing, accepting offers, networking, and career research/exploration.

    As a student, we encourage you to meet with a career advisor one-on-one to assist you with goal exploration, strategies, mock interviews, guidance on application materials, and any other professional development matters.

  • Disabled Student Services +

    UMKC endeavors to make all activities, programs and services accessible to students with disabilities. A Campus Coordinator for Disabled Student Services is available to arrange for reasonable accommodations. If you need accommodations, it is important that you contact the Coordinator as soon as possible to arrange for providing appropriate documentation and the prescribing of reasonable accommodations in the classroom and for exams. For information call (816) 235-5696. Speech and hearing impaired use Relay Missouri, 1-800-735-2966 (TT) or 1-800-735-2466 (Voice.) For questions or further information, see Ashley Swanson-Hoye in the Law School Administrative Suite.
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