The summer start program is designed to provide students 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. Just as in the first semester of law school, students will primarily be working on mastering the analytical skills of legal method and they will learn some foundational doctrinal concepts in the subject matter of the courses they take. If you are interested in starting in the summer or have questions, please contact the admissions office at or 816-235-1644.

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, though seats in the Summer Start program are limited and will be filled in the order seat deposits are received.  Two seat deposits of $250 are required for enrollment at UMKC Law, and students who intend to partake in the Summer Start program must pay both seat deposits by May 1.


The 2018 Summer Start schedule will begin with a mandatory orientation and overview program from May 14-18 which will provide an overview of law school academic strategies, an introduction to resources in the law school, and orientation to administrative aspects of law school (policies and resources). Summer start students will be taking the following: 

  • 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 nine credit hours completed towards their degree. In consultation with their faculty adviser, students may 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

Tuition rates are not yet available for the 2018 summer term, however the spring 2018 tuition and fee costs for Missouri residents (or those receiving non-resident tuition scholarships) was $5,800, for non-residents, $10,948. This is for nine credit hours. 

2018 Important Dates to Remember

March 1: Application deadline for students interested in Summer Start

May 1: Second seat deposit deadline for Summer Starters

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