UMKC Catalog


School of Law

Office of Student Services
School of Law, Room 1-200
500 E. 52nd Street
(816) 235-1644

Dean of Law School Admissions:
Debbie Brooks
Director of Student Services:
Adela Fleming
Director of Law School Career Services:
Douglas Lockwood
Law School Registrar:
Tina Melville

The School of Law is committed to its students’ success. This begins with the School’s Admissions Office. Along with the Faculty Admissions committee, it endeavors to recruit and admit students who are likely to succeed, are a good “fit” for UMKC and who add to the diversity of the School. Our Registrar is the primary contact for current students, providing assistance with student records, course selection, registration, grades and other matters related to the academic process. She also serves as the students’ first contact with the Bar regarding student practice rules and admission to the Bar. The Associate Dean for Students oversees the Registrar and interacts with students regarding academic requirements, application of academic rules and policies, the course schedule and part time and full time status. Every student has a faculty advisor who assists with career development and course planning, and the Associate Dean reviews each students proposed schedule to insure fairness in the course selection process and each students’ progress toward the degree.

The School’s Director of Student Services works closely with students on matters relating to non-academic counseling, assistance with problems that arise during the year, exam rescheduling, disability accommodation (as liaison to the campus office), and general non-academic support. The Director also works with the School’s many student groups and coordinates programs regarding bar admissions, character and fitness screening and the bar exam. She is very accessible to students and is committed to meeting their legitimate needs. Academic support needs of students are addressed by the Director of the Academic Strategies Program, a member of the faculty who oversees the program and provides individual assistance to students in developing effective law school study skills. The School’s Laptop Clinic is available to students to assist with their computing needs.

The Career Services Office, staffed by a Director, a Coordinator and an Administrator, assists students in planning their careers and executing their job searches for part-time, summer and permanent employment. The Office presents numerous programs that introduce students to the many areas of practice and non-practice use of the J.D. degree. It runs the on-campus interviewing program and maintains lists of job openings. The Office also coordinates the School’s Pro Bono/Public Service Honors Program and its new Solo and Small Firm Incubator.

School of Law students also interface with Campus offices in many areas, including Financial Aid, Cashier, Counseling and Testing, Disabled Student Services and Registrar.