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University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law
Parent school University of Missouri–Kansas City
Established 1895
School type Public
Dean Ellen Suni
Location Kansas City, MO, US
Enrollment 448 (full time)
27 (part time)
Faculty 43 (See List)
Annual tuition
Outlines 0 (See List)
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University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law is located in Kansas City, MO

This article is about the school in Kansas City. For the school in Columbia see University of Missouri School of Law

The University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law is a public law school located on the main campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. It was founded in 1895 as the Kansas City School of Law, a private, independent law school located in Downtown Kansas City, and was purchased by the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1938. The law school moved to UMKC's main campus soon after, where it is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

It is one of three law schools in Missouri (St. Louis University School of Law, University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Washington University School of Law). It is one of seven American law schools 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). Truman attended but did not graduate from the law school and never practiced law. The other schools that have had President-Supreme Court graduates who practiced law are Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, the William & Mary Law School and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.[1]


  • The school is ranked #113 best law school in the U.S by the U.S News publication, placing it in the third tier according to the four tier system of law schools based on the US News & World Report Annual Rankings. (2010 data)[2]

Degree programs offered


Five clinical programs permit students, acting under faculty supervision, to develop legal skills and learn professional values in actual practice settings:

  • Child & Family Services Clinic
  • Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic
  • Guardian ad Litem Workshop
  • Kansas City Tax Clinic
  • Midwestern Innocence Project


  • The UMKC Law Review
  • The Urban Lawyer
  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Notable alumni



Business and practice

Notable faculty and former faculty


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