Kansas, Missouri Law Schools Intensify Cross-Border Recruitment

The UMKC School of Law has seen a 50 percent dip in applications since 2010. | Photo from law.umkc.edu
The UMKC School of Law has seen a 50 percent dip in applications since 2010. | Photo from law.umkc.edu

The Kansas University law school says it will use a new scholarship program to allow residents of 11 Missouri counties to pay what amounts to in-state tuition: $19,623 a year instead of the out-of-state rate of $33,067. Leaders at the UMKC School of Law weren’t happy to hear KU label itself Kansas City’s leading law school. UMKC dean Ellen Sunit pointed out, “We are the only law school in Kansas City.”

UMKC Law officials said that for years, a substantial number of their students have crossed the state line from Kansas. And Suni said that while UMKC Law does not have a formal program waiving out-of-state tuition for Kansas residents, “virtually all” out-of-state students get scholarships that lower tuition to in-state levels.

At UMKC Law, where applications have declined 50 percent since 2010, Suni said recruiters are looking farther for students.

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