The National Jurist Magazine recently ranked the UMKC School of Law one of the nation’s top 25 “Best Bang For Your Buck” law schools. The magazine looked at 65 schools with strong academic programs, alumni and employer connections, and tuition cost. The rankings were measured in in-state tuition, school bar pass rate as compared to the state’s bar pass rate and percentage of graduates employed. UMKC’s in-state tuition ($13,681), school bar pass rate (90 percent) and employment rate (88.7 percent) put the school at No. 25.
Law School Dean Ellen Suni says the ranking measured many of the top priorities of the school. “Value captures it. It’s a combination of affordability combined with excellent outcome,” Suni says. “This survey looks at passing the bar and getting jobs in law, and that’s what people go to law school for. We’re very happy about it.” While Suni says she didn’t know the magazine was conducting the survey, she was thrilled to see the published results. “We’ve always believed that we offer a high quality of education at a comparatively low cost,” she says, “and this confirms that.”