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.
Area(s) of interest: Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, Securities, and Tax
Law School Activities: Law Review, Member of Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)
Why did you decide to attend law school? And more specifically UMKC?
I decided to attend law school because I am a big fan of education and thought the law degree would allow me to pursue any venture in life aside from performing surgery or other medical-related practices. I leaned towards UMKC because I grew up here, and I could tell how approachable and invested the faculty were in student success. Moreover, the location of UMKC has made networking a more feasible opportunity. For example, I can drive five minutes to the Plaza to meet with an attorney after one class and return in time for the next class. I didn’t think that opportunity would exist at other campuses.
What has been the biggest challenge as a law student?
The competitive nature of law school has been both a benefit and a detriment as a first-year law student. It’s a benefit because it holds you to a very high standard and prepares you for the real world, kind of like a simulation of going up against the opposing council. On the other hand, it can be rather stressful at times and take away time from your friends, family, and other hobbies. Understanding this before going into law school helped me deal with that reality when it came in full force.
What are your interests outside of law school?
Kansas City sports, reading the news, and being with my friends and family
What is one piece of advice you would give to future law students?
I think getting to know your professors is a great habit to build. Making it a priority to stop by for office hours every couple weeks helped hold me accountable for learning all the material, and the professors here have been very supportive of that.