Wanda M. Temm

Wanda M. Temm
Eleanore C. Blue Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of Bar Services
School of Law

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legal analysis, research and writing; bar preparation and the bar exam; family law and civil procedure


Wanda M. Temm is the founder of the UMKC Bar Pass Program and is the former director of the Legal Writing Program. She teaches the courses Lawyering Skills, Legal Analysis and Methods, and Lawyering Skills Teaching Assistant Methods. She has previously taught Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation Drafting, Advanced Legal Writing: Practical Skills, Family Law, and Civil Procedure.

Professor Temm is the inaugural recipient of the Eleanore C. Blue Lawyering Skills Professorship, named after the first full-time female faculty member at the University of Kansas City School of Law. She received the 2021 President’s Innovative Teaching Award, the university system’s highest teaching award, and the 2022 Marvin Rich Prize for her scholarship on bar preparation, including her book, Clearing the Last Hurdle: Mapping Success on the Bar Exam, the leading textbook on bar preparation. 

Wanda Temm received her bachelor of arts in 1977, graduating summa cum laude from Ottawa University. After receiving her master of science from Purdue University in 1979, Professor Temm was a social worker for six years until she entered the University of Kansas School of Law. She received her J.D. in 1988 after serving as note and comment editor of the Kansas Law Review.

Professor Temm  was admitted to both the Kansas and Missouri Bars. Prior to joining the faculty in 1991, she practiced with the firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon specializing in business litigation, products liability, and appellate practice.