Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in UMKC School of Law! The admissions process is both highly competitive and selective, due in large part to the limited number of seats available to an entering class. Please know that each application is reviewed in its entirety.

Applications for admission are accepted beginning September 1 prior to the year of entrance. For our Spring Start Program, the application deadline is November 1. We do not have an official application deadline for our Summer Start Program or our traditional Fall Start; however, we do suggest you submit your application as early as possible, preferably before March 1, our priority deadline for full scholarship consideration, or April 1 for full admission consideration.

Before applying

Earn a bachelor’s degree (or have plans to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of law school) based on a program of courses with substantial intellectual content from an approved institution, or

Complete at least 90 hours of credit in courses with substantial intellectual content from an approved institution, complete all non-elective coursework toward a bachelor’s degree, and make arrangements with the school that will award the degree to accept law school credits for the remainder of the work required to earn that degree, so the student will earn that degree either previous to or concurrent with the JD degree.

Application components

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

We recommend you take the LSAT as early as possible, usually June, July, or September. September is the last test date to apply for Spring Start. January is the last test date for the priority deadline of March 1 and the Summer Start Program. We will consider applicants who take the test in March or potentially even June for the following fall, although because we offer rolling admissions, classes may fill up early. You may take the test more than once. We do not accept scores older than five years from the date of your application.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration

The Credential Assembly Service  collects applicants’ transcripts, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and evaluations. Reports are then sent to UMKC School of Law along with your LSAT score.

UMKC School of Law application

An application for UMKC must be completed and submitted electronically through the LSAC website (Law School Admission Council). If you require the application in a format other than electronic, please contact LSAC directly for accommodation.

Note: As part of every law school’s application, you will find a set of questions that address “Character and Fitness” and ask for full disclosure regarding your past and current record of conduct. We ask these questions because they are a major component in admission to the bar, and we model our specific questions after those asked by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners (i.e. the Missouri Bar). In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $60 must be submitted with your application via LSAC.

Official Transcripts

Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be submitted to LSAC.

Letters of Recommendation

If you are still in undergraduate school or you have recently graduated, ask professors to provide a letter of recommendation, especially if you have done well academically. If you have been out of school for at least three years, ask an employer or someone who knows you well. The recommender should be able to assess issues that will be critical to your success in law school, such as intellect, motivation, and communication skills. Choose recommenders who are impressed by you and your achievements over those who you think we will find impressive due to their title. Recommendations from peers and family will not be accepted. Applicants must submit letters of recommendation to us through the CAS. We require two letters but will take up to four. 

Résumé

Applicants should include an updated résumé in their application materials uploaded to their LSAC accounts. Résumés should include information about your education, employment, activities, community service, etc.

Personal statement

Personal statements should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced. You should avoid restating things that can be found elsewhere in your application (such as on your résumé or transcripts). We suggest you write about something else you would like us to know about you, such as what motivates your decision to attend law school or what unique perspectives you can bring to a law school classroom. Make sure you proofread this carefully. We suggest bringing it to your undergraduate school’s writing center for assistance.

Optional Addendum

Feel free to submit an additional addendum to explain any relevant information you did not address in your personal statement. This is your opportunity to address any areas of concern in your application materials. To do so, simply add a page to your personal statement clearly marked “Addendum.” Upload the single document to your application.

Optional Diversity Statement

UMKC is dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity within the legal profession while supporting the foundations of good lawyering: respect for people, knowledge, ideas, and justice. You are welcome to include a separate addendum explaining life experiences or personal characteristics you feel will add to a diverse student body.

Interviews

UMKC’s desire to interview people before admitting them says a lot about how we treat our students. Every member of the faculty, administration, and staff believes in our goal to make the law school a genuine community with real, personal connections to every student.

Interviews are by invitation and not by request, and we do not guarantee that all applicants will receive an interview. The Admissions staff will contact applicants on an individual basis to schedule an interview appointment.

More Information

For more information about LSAC and the application process, please visit LSAC’s website