Wanda M. Temm

Wanda M. Temm
Clinical Professor of Law 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 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 the Kansas Bar in 1988 and the Missouri Bar in 1989. Prior to joining the faculty in 1991, she practiced with the firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon specializing in business litigation and appellate practice.

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 2017 Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Publishing Award for her book, Clearing the Last Hurdle: Mapping Success on the Bar Exam, the leading textbook on bar preparation.  Temm received the 2013 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching–UMKC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching for clinical faculty. She also received the 2012 Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award from Missouri Publishers Media, which recognizes women faculty members who demonstrate leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. Temm received the 2006 Tiera Farrow Faculty Award for her leadership, dedication, and commitment to improving the position of women in the law.

Professor 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, Lawyering Skills Teaching Assistant Methods, Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation Drafting, Advanced Legal Writing: Practical Skills, Family Law, and Civil Procedure.