The UMKC Pre-law Program is designed to help you make wise decisions about becoming a lawyer. It provides advice and information concerning the best possible path for each individual student, from the first semester of undergraduate courses to admission into law school.

Do I Need to be a Pre-Law Major?

The first thing to note about joining the Program is that it is not a major. There is no one major that prepares you for law school. In fact, there are over 30 majors at UMKC that a student may choose from and be on track for entrance into law school. Trying to find the best match for you? Check out our “Choosing a Major” link or schedule a Pre-Law advising appointment for additional assistance.

What Courses Should I Take?

To garner the skills necessary for success, the pre-law student should select a curriculum that hones and develops superior writing skills, along with excellent oral communication, logical reasoning, and critical reading skills.

I Want to Be a Lawyer…Right?

It is not enough, however, to be prepared for the academic rigors of law school. You’ll want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you really want to become a lawyer?
  • What law schools should you apply to?
  • What does it mean to be a lawyer?
  • What area of the law do you want to practice in?
  • What are the alternative careers available to someone with a law degree?


LSAT? Applications? Help!

When you have made the decision to pursue acceptance into law school, you’ll need details on how to go about successfully presenting yourself to the admissions committee in your application. The Program provides answers to the following questions:

  • What do you need to do to apply to law school?
  • What do you need to do to succeed in law school?
  • How can you afford law school?

The process of applying for law school can be a daunting one, and we’re here to help! Call 816-235-6094 for guidance in dealing with the necessary preparations and application procedures.

Contact Info

Pre-Law Advisor
phone: (816) 235-6094; or
           (816) 235-1148