The Summer Start Program provides students with a flexible scheduling option that will permit an early start, with either a shorter time to graduation or a more relaxed pace for the program, depending on how students schedule the remainder of their education.  

Enrollment and Eligibility

Students interested in participating in Summer Start must apply to the Law School by March 1.  Summer Start is open to any admitted student, although seats in the Summer Start Program are limited and will be filled in the order seat deposits are received.  Both seat deposits of $250 must be paid by May 1.


The Summer Start schedule begins with a mandatory orientation program mid-May which provides an overview of law school academic strategies, an introduction to resources in the law school, and an orientation to administrative aspects of law school (policies and resources).

Summer classes, just as in the first semester of law school, will focus on mastering the analytical skills of legal method and learning some foundational doctrinal concepts.

As an example, students in the 2018 Summer Start Program took one or more of the following classes: 

  • Torts – 3 credit hours (graduation requirement)
  • Criminal Law – 3 credit hours (graduation requirement)
  • Lawyering Skills I – 3 credit hours (graduation requirement)

Summer Start students will begin the Fall semester with up to nine credit hours completed toward their degree. In consultation with their faculty adviser, students may then choose an upper-level course in their first year. 

Financial Information

Financial Aid will be available.  For the summer term, you will need to fill out or add our school code to the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year (in addition to your FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year).  Our school code is 002518.  For questions regarding financial aid, please contact Linda Lawrence at 816-235-1236 or

The summer 2018 tuition and fee costs for Missouri residents (or those receiving non-resident tuition scholarships) are $5,661, for non-residents, $10,809. This is for nine credit hours. 

2018 Important Dates to Remember

September 1: Summer Start application is available

March 1: Application deadline for students interested in Summer Start

April 1: First seat deposit deadline for Summer Start

May 1: Second seat deposit deadline for Summer Start

May 14-18: Mandatory Summer Start orientation

May 21: First day of Summer Start classes

July 16-27: Summer Exam period

August 13-17: Fall orientation 

August 20: Fall semester begins

If you have questions about the Summer Start Program, please contact Admissions at or 816-235-1644.