Admissions Process

Every application is reviewed in its entirety. Applications are reviewed and action is taken on a rolling basis. Please allow 4-6 weeks form the time your application is complete to receive a decision. For further information about our admissions timeline, visit our Admissions Timeline page. After reviewing the application requirements listed below, if you have questions about the process, you can email us at law@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1651.

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
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The Credential Assembly Service collects applicants’ transcripts, letters of recommendation, and LSAT Writing.

JD Program Options

  • 90+ or 3+3 Programs: Some current undergraduates are eligible to apply via the 90+ or 3+3 Program at their undergraduate institution. Current UMKC undergraduate students can see our website for more information about UMKC’s program. Students at other colleges or universities must check at their own institutions to see if any such option may exist. Currently, UMKC Law has a 3+3 program with Missouri State University.
  • Start Terms: UMKC School of Law’s JD program offers three different start terms: Spring, Summer, and Fall. You must fill out the application with the desired start date. If you fill out the incorrect application and/or decide you want to start at a different time, do not submit another application. Please email law@umkc.edu to request a change in start terms. For more detailed information about our Spring, Summer, and Fall Start programs, please see our Enrollment Options

Application components

UMKC Law’s application must be completed and submitted electronically through the LSAC website. If you require the application in a format other than electronic, please contact LSAC directly for accommodation. Academic documents and credentials, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, and official test scores will be submitted to the law school as part of your Credential Assembly Service report. As such, original copies must be sent directly to LSAC. Instructions on how to submit those materials can be found on LSAC’s website, and you should address any questions about document submission to the LSAC support team. Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing when submitting materials to LSAC for your UMKC Law application.

For your application to UMKC School of Law, you will need to submit the following materials in order for your application to be considered complete:

  • UMKC Law application form, which includes:
      • Biographical information
      • Character and fitness questions
        • Character and fitness questions 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.
      • Personal Statement
        • Personal statements should be approximately 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.
      • Résumé
        • Résumés should be current and should include information about your education, employment, activities, community service, etc.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Application Fee of $60
        • A non-refundable $60 application processing fee paid via LSAC must accompany your application
        • Former degree-seeking UMKC students who attended starting Fall 1975 or later as well as veterans are not required to pay and should email the Admissions Office at law@umkc.edu for an application fee waiver, before submitting the application
      • LSAT score with a writing sample
        • All candidates must have at least one writing sample on file – either from an earlier paper-and-pencil administration of the LSAT or from “LSAT Writing,” the new proctored, on-demand writing exam that was introduced in June 2019.
      • Official copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law school/professional school transcripts
        • We require transcripts from any institutions of higher education that you have attended, even if credit was transferred to another institution, the institution is closed, you withdrew or did not complete the course, or you just enrolled.
        • Institutions include:
          • community colleges
          • undergraduate and graduate institutions
          • law, medical, or professional institutions
          • institutions attended for summer or evening courses
          • institutions attended even though a degree was never received
          • institutions from which you took college-level courses while in high school even though they were for high school credit
          • institutions that clearly sponsored your overseas study (see below for more information)
          • international transcripts, if applicable
        • Letters of recommendation (2)
            • If you are still in undergraduate school or you have recently graduated, you should have professors provide your letters of recommendation. If you have been out of school for at least three years, we still encourage recommendations from professors, though you may also 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 Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
            • We require two letters but can accept as many as four

          Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee once all items listed above have been received by UMKC School of Law.

Interviews

UMKC utilizes interviews as part of our personalized admissions process. 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.

Admissions Policy

The UMKC School of Law restricts the number of students admitted each year in order to maintain a favorable faculty-student ratio and to provide the best possible legal education for each student enrolled. Because many more people apply to the School of Law than there are seats available, admission is competitive.

Substantial weight is given to each applicant’s LSAT score and undergraduate GPA, though UMKC Law and its faculty also consider other factors in shaping an entering class. These factors, consistent with the University’s values of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect, include:

      • Advanced or specialized educational achievement demonstrating potential for academic excellence in the study of law
      • Contributions to the cultural diversity of the School of Law
      • A history of overcoming challenges and barriers based on societal discrimination or economic disadvantage
      • Demonstrated leadership qualities
      • A significant and sustained commitment to public or community service

Other accomplishments or qualities that indicate the applicant will contribute to the School of Law’s academic and service missions

International Students

We require that international applicants who attended a post-secondary institution in which the primary language of instruction was not English submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score taken within the past two years. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, if admitted, will be asked to supply additional documents required for processing by the UMKC International Student Affairs Office. In order to give adequate time for this processing, applications from international students must be complete by March 1. International Students are not eligible for the Spring Start Program.

More Information

For questions about the application process, write to law@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1651. For more information about LSAC and the application process, please visit LSAC’s website.