At UMKC School of Law, our student emissaries represent the broad range of students admitted each year.

The mission of the emissaries is to promote the School of Law to potential law students, as well as to the public at large, in order to better inform all of the high standards and characteristics that are exemplified by the students, staff, faculty and administration of the Law School.

The emissaries act as liaisons between the admissions staff and entering students by working in the admissions office, contacting newly admitted students, giving tours and organizing the fall orientation.

The emissaries also act as the face of the law school at university and community events throughout the year.

Jake Bedsaul

(2L) FROM HARRISONVILLE, MO Majored in Political Science from UMKC
Photo of Jake Bedsaul


Area(s) of Interest: Criminal Defense

Law School Activities: Phi Alpha Delta 

Why did you decide to attend law school? And more specifically UMKC?

I love Kansas City and I loved UMKC so that put UMKC Law high on my list from the start. In addition, UMKC is close to home so I won’t have to go far to see my folks.

I wanted to go to law school to have a career that was rewarding, challenging, and would give me an opportunity to advocate for justice where it’s needed.

What has been the biggest challenge as a law student?

Managing the workload!

What are your interests outside of law school?

Reading, spending time with my friends, chess, watching TV, and eating out.

What is one piece of advice you would give to future law students?

Don’t worry about feeling inadequate. You will make it if you put in the work.