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University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

We're preparing well-rounded lawyers - lawyers that appreciate the relationships among legal, social and political aspects of the human experience. In order to best serve clients and society, lawyers must be thinkers and scholars as well as skilled technicians. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to prepare you for a lifetime of both practicing and learning law. We ensure that you not only learn about the law, but have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. There are many opportunities to put your knowledge into practice through classes such as lawyering skills, mediation or law practice management as well as our specialty clinics, competition teams and solo and small firm incubator. Students can also focus their education through an emphasis area.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 463
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.0 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 97.06%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.2%
In State Tuition $17,058
Out of State Tuition $32,853

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About University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

We're preparing well-rounded lawyers - lawyers that appreciate the relationships among legal, social and political aspects of the human experience. In order to best serve clients and society, lawyers must be thinkers and scholars as well as skilled technicians. Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to prepare you for a lifetime of both practicing and learning law. We ensure that you not only learn about the law, but have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. There are many opportunities to put your knowledge into practice through classes such as lawyering skills, mediation or law practice management as well as our specialty clinics, competition teams and solo and small firm incubator. Students can also focus their education through an emphasis area.

Reviews

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law offers “relatively low” tuition and “really focuses on” “nuts-and-bolts legal skills.” Six emphasis areas include litiga­tion, business and entrepreneurial law, child and family law, international, comparative and foreign law; urban land use and environmental law; and intellectual property law. There are also three dual-degree options. The clinical programs here include a tax clinic and the Midwestern Innocence Project, which provides pro bono legal and investigative services to wrongfully convicted prisoners. Also, opportunities to spend the summer abroad are spectacular. They include a program that takes students on a whirlwind tour of Ireland (with a stop in Wales) and an “outstanding” Beijing program “at China’s pre­mier university,” which offers lectures in the mornings and cultural field trips in the afternoons. The legal writing program at UMKC is “very intensive,” but “needs a little work.”“The professors here genuinely care about the well-being and success of their students,” and they make “even the most mundane topics intriguing.” “Some teachers use humor to get points across and to enhance memorization, while others will use scare tactics and examples of bar complaints or malpractice suits to teach a lesson,” relates a 3L. “Overall, when the semester has ended, one way or another, the knowledge is retained.” Faculty members are also “very accessible and willing to help students.” “The open-door policy of every professor is incredibly beneficial,” observes a 2L. Depending on the students you talk to, the administration is “always on the ball” and “never seems too far away” or “seems to be a bit flustered at times.”Students who are fond of Career Services say that the staff places “a very big emphasis on helping its students obtain internships, externships, and jobs during school” and “has a lot of information and connections to attorneys in the area.” Students who don’t like Career Services charge that the staff is “notably absent” and “wonder what they are doing sometimes.” Most students agree that the career outlook is largely positive, though. To improve that experience, the career services center hired a new director and assistant director in 2012. “UMKC alums dominate” the legal scene throughout Kansas City, and “Connections to the local market” are a big draw. “The school is geographi­cally located very close to the action in downtown Kansas City,” adds a 1L. “Many UMKC Law grads are very active and do a lot to support students.” Also, the school’s unique mentorship program, which is called the Inns Program, provides students with valuable opportunities to build relationships with the local practitioners.The biggest source of dissatisfaction among students concerns the “admittedly dated” and “borderline embarrassing” law school building at UMKC. “It needs a face-lift with­out question,” laments a 1L. “The furniture looks and feels like it was donated in the 1970s,” gripes a 3L. Parking is another perennial source of frustration. “Unless you arrive early in the morning, you probably get to enjoy a nice walk.” Generally, though, “The problems are largely cosmetic,” and this place is “not a dump by any stretch of the imagination.” Many classrooms are “modern and comfortable.” “The library is accom­modating, and the research resources are pretty comprehensive.” Technology is “up-to-date.” “Another huge asset is the computer technician dedicated to fixing law students’ computers free of charge,” says a 1L. “My computer has crashed twice since school began, and each time, the computer technician has rebuilt the device and had it back in my possession within a week’s time.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 17

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 159

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA 3-4 years, JD/MPA 3-4 years, JD/LLM 3 1/2-4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 66
Full-Time Faculty 36
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 18
Faculty Gender 57% Male
42% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 62% Male
38% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 82%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $17,058 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,552 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $28,610 $17,058

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,853 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,552 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,405 $32,853

Financial Aid

84% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$31,535 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 156
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 152
LSAT Total 149 - 156

University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.0 - 3.53
Part-Time 2.71 - 3.62
Total 3.0 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Optional: Academic GPA, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 84%
First Time Pass Rate 97%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 93%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 38
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $49,250
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 53 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 8 6%
Business Industry 27 20%
Government 8 6%
Public Interest 7 5%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 9 7%
Academia 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 1%
KS 17%
MO 72%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law include:

  • H. Roe Bartle - Mayor of Kansas City
  • Lyda Conley - First Native American Woman Lawyer
  • Clarence Kelley - FBI Director
  • Charles E. Whittaker - U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Harry S. Truman - President of the United States

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