UMKC Law School

General Info

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The University of Missouri?Kansas City (often referred to as UMKC) is an institution of higher learning located in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The School of Law produces more future judges than any other law school in Missouri, according to local business publication Ingram's Magazine. In addition, the law school is known for having the highest passage rate on the Missouri bar exam of any of the state's four law schools. The school is one of only six American law schools, along with Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, to have produced both a President of the United States (Harry S. Truman) and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Charles Evans Whittaker).

Contact information

UMKC Law School Admissions

UMKC Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 58% of its applicants. Comparatively, Missouri Kc is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 550 314 (57.09%) 140 (25.5%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.03 3.27 3.57
LSAT 150 152 155

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $18,466 $35,110
Part Time $11,251 $21,237

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $15,963
  • Living off-campus: $16,075
  • Living at home: $11,723

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 11/15
  • Application Fee: $60

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UMKC Law School Community

UMKC Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Missouri Kc is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 29
  • Part Time: 32


  • # Female Faculty: 31
  • # Minority Faculty: 5


15.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UMKC Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UMKC Law School 1L section size is 9% larger than law schools in Missouri and 23% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UMKC Law School: 172
Missouri Average: 156
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 749
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 304

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 129
  • Law Journals: 110
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 8.5%
  • Second Year: 1.2%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UMKC Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UMKC Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 90% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 87.1%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 45.0%
  • Business: 27.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 2.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Missouri: 70%
  • Kansas: 25%
  • Colorado: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 87.1%
  • First Time Takers: 140
  • Average School: 89.3%
  • Average State: 87.6%
  • Pass Difference: 1.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Missouri: 87.6%
  • Passed: 109 of 122 (89.3%)
  • State Average: 87.6%
  • Difference: 1.8%