Admission to the Bar

Graduation from law school does not guarantee admission to the bar.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

UMKC invites representatives from the Missouri and Kansas Bar Examiners to visit the Law School, participate in a Bar convocation and provide one-on-one meetings with students requesting them to help in successfully meeting character and fitness requirements.

UMKC’s support for it students does not end at graduation. UMKC continues to assist our students as they face the last hurdle to practicing law. The bar examination for any state will be one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of any law school graduate’s life. The stakes are high, as is the attendant stress. UMKC aids our students by supplementing their bar preparation from commercial vendors with a unique program focused on the strategies and tactics to focus their preparation in order to pass the bar exam.