Tuition and fees for 2019-2020, full-time first year law students who are Missouri residents: $20,257/year.

Non-resident fees are an additional $17,958 but many students qualify for non-resident fee scholarships that allow them to pay the in-state rate while they establish Missouri Residency.

These rates are based on a typical 30-hour enrollment. For the most up-to-date tuition information, including a table of tuition and fees per credit hour, please visit the Cashier’s Office website. Note: there are different rates for the J.D. program versus the LL.M. program, so please be sure to view the correct program information.

Estimated Budget

Below is the approximate nine-month (fall/winter) academic year budget for a typical first-year law school student living off campus. All fee amounts are our best estimate at the time of publication, but the Board of Curators may change them at any time.

Expense Category Nine-Month Amount
Fees (Missouri resident) $20,257
Books and Supplies $1,318
Transportation $1,410
Personal $3,142
Room and Board  $10,626
Total $36,753

Fee Schedule for part-time students: Fall 2019 – Winter/Spring 2020

Credit Hours Resident Fees/Semester Non-Resident Fees/Semester*
8 $5,493 $10,282
9 $6,173 $11,561

*Part-time students are also eligible for non-resident fee scholarships.


The university, not the law school, makes residency determinations. For information regarding establishing Missouri residency, please call the UMKC Admissions Office at 816-235-1111 or visit their residency rules website. Law school students are not eligible for the metro rate program.