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.

Jennifer Cacchio

(2L) FROM LEE’S SUMMIT, MO Majored in Biology from Truman State UniversityUniversity of Missouri – Master of Public Health
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Biography

Area(s) of Interest: Intellectual property, health care

Law School Activities: AWLS, MIPSO, Honor Court

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

I thought about law school for several years before deciding to apply. I decided to finally take the LSAT exam after attending a conference in New Orleans (American Public Health Association) and listening to health lawyers talk about what they do.

I decided on UMKC for a number of reasons. Personally, I wanted to watch my niece grow up (she was about two days old when I made my decision), and I wanted to be near my boyfriend. I also chose the school for strategic reasons. The opportunities afforded to students here outnumber what I heard at other schools. The school actually seemed interested in learning about me, rather than treating me like a check mark on their daily to-do list, which I appreciated.

What has been the biggest challenge as a law student?

I am a little too competitive If I get an A- in a class, I want to know exactly why I didn’t get an A so I can do better next time. I am coming to terms with the fact that I’m not going to be the best in every class, or even any class. That has been my biggest struggle.

What are your interests outside of law school?

Reading (nonfiction), cooking, traveling

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

Know your priorities going into your first semester. If you want your workouts to be high on your list, make choices that will be conducive to keeping that priority. If your kids or your spouse are your top priority, be ready to have to consciously work to make sure you can fulfill that. Law school doesn’t have to consume your whole life, but it will if you let it.