The UMKC School of Law is committed to the success of each of its students. A number of programs are designed to help students acquire and improve their academic skills in order to insure that success. These programs include:
Summer Enrichment Program – a one-week introduction to law school learning, the summer enrichment program takes incoming law students students through an entire semester of law school’s experience – preparing for class, participating in classes, reviewing and preparing for exams, and taking a final exam. The program is designed to de-mystify the method behind law school teaching and the keys to successful learning. The program is open to all students on a first-come first-serve basis.
Study Group Program – There are two formal study group programs available for all first-year students. These programs are inclusive, non-remedial program of academic support, designed to developed the academic skills necessary to learn law effectively. In the Structured Study Group program, a second or third-year student attends one of the first-year courses and then leads several study groups of about 12 students each week. In these study groups, students can explore ways to tackle the subject matter of the course. These are not tutoring sessions; rather, the experienced student models and facilitates effective approaches to studying the course materials. In Comprehensive Study Groups, second- and third-year students focus on academic skills across the first-year curriculum, helping first-year students master academic skills such as note-taking, outlining, using study guides, and preparing for exams.
Academic Skills Workshops – In the academic skills workshops, a faculty member provides direct instruction of academic skills such as how to approach study of law or effective essay writing. These workshops are open to all students, but are especially helpful for first-year students.
Second Semester Plus -- In the second semester, students may elect to enroll in a three-credit hour section of a required second-year course. This “Plus” course is required for students whose first semester grades indicate that they could benefit from more intensive instruction in legal analysis and problem solving, but all students can benefit from the course.
Individual Assistance – Students who want individualized assistance in their academic skills may work with the Director of Academic Support Professor Dan Weddle. Students with personal concerns that are affecting their law school work should speak with Student Services Director Adela Fleming, or Associate Dean Barbara Glesner Fines. In addition, UMKC Law faculty all have an open-door policy and are happy to work with students individually as their schedules allow to improve their learning and performance in law school.
UMKC Bar Preparation Program – UMKC School of Law students consistently pass the bar at stellar rates. The law school’s comprehensive bar preparation program insures that success. Professor Wanda Temm directs the bar preparation program.
For more information on any of these programs, click on the links provided or contact Professor Dan Weddle, Director of Academic Support (816-235-5654).