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Friday, February 24, 2006

Generous scholarship for Chinese JD students at UMKC

The following is from Prof. Pat Randolph of the University of Missouri at Kansas City regarding the Edgar Snow Scholarship, a fellowship that pays for three years of tuition and most living expenses in the JD program at UMKC.

The University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law (UMKC) is pleased to announce this year's competition for the Edgar Snow Scholarship.  This scholarship and an associated fellowship package  will provide an allowance sufficient to cover most of the expenses of pursuing a three year J.D. program at the  School of Law. including tuition, living expenses and books.

Please note that Prof. Randolph will be in China from March 4th through March 10th to interview for this scholarship, so if you are interested it is essential to contact him immediately. You don't have to be in Beijing.

Click below for the full announcement and Prof. Randolph's contact information.


The University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law (UMKC) is pleased to announce this year's competition for the Edgar Snow Scholarship.  This scholarship and an associated fellowship package  will provide an allowance sufficient to cover most of the expenses of pursuing a three year J.D. program at the  School of Law. including tuition, living expenses and books.

I will be in China during the period from March 4 through March 10 to interview for this scholarship.  Persons interested in interviewing should contact me immediately.  In light of the short time, I will be flexible about traveling to a convenient location for interviews of students not in the Bejing area. 

The school has one Edgar Snow Scholarship it may award each year.  It is named for the famous journalist and friend of China, Edgar Snow, who introduced many Americans for the first time to the revolutionaries who established modern China.   Edgar Snow was born and raised in Kansas City, and the University houses his personal papers in the Edgar Snow Reading Room on campus.

UMKC is a quality state-supported law school with an enrollment of about 500 students, located in a very pleasant and safe environment, convenient to a significant  city. The Law School generally is ranked in the "top tier" of American law schools by U.S. News and World Report, but is not a "top 20" law school.  It has graduates practicing law world wide, but likely half of its graduates practice law within the five state region here in the center of America.   UMKC prides itself in having excellent scholars who also are excellent teachers, and we believe we can prepare students to practice law better than many more "famous" law schools that place a higher emphasis on scholarship alone. 

An important part of the Edgar Snow Scholar experience is the personal attention of Professor Pat Randolph, who also is co-Director of the Center for Real Estate Law at Peking University and an internationally recognized expert in real estate law.   All graduates of our program have secured excellent jobs - four in British law firms in China and three in major American business law firms.  One is a faculty member at a well established Chinese law school.   If you would like to correspond with one of our graduates, please contact Shen Fang at

The University draws about 20% of its enrollment from foreign countries, mostly from Asia. Almost half of the university's enrollment is in graduate programs. There are many Chinese on campus.   We have   four LLM candidates from China here this year, and expect a number  more next year,  and we already have three Chinese Edgar Snow Scholars in the J.D. program.   

The city of Kansas City is a substantial commercial center, with many large  law firms, two federal district courts and a home for the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, in addition to a district of the Missouri Court of Appeals.  Although, of course, it is not a seaport, there is an active international trade practice in the city, which has a free trade zone and emphasizes agricultural exports.  There are a number of significant multinational companies, among them Hallmark, Sprint/Nextel, H.& R. Block Financial Services and Garmin Corporation.

Students applying for this scholarship must be graduates of a recognized Chinese Law School with an outstanding record, receive an outstanding score on the LSAT examination, receive the recommendation of members of their law school faculty, and have an interview with a  UMKC representative in China.  Outstanding English expression and comprehension skills are required. .  GENERALLY SPEAKING, AN LSAT SCORE IN  OR NEAR THE TOP 10% OF THOSE TAKING THE TEST WILL BE REQUIRED.  The TOEFL test is required, but other evidence of  skill in the English language is desirable Of course, the students also must fill out an application for admission to the Law School and be admitted. 

Most of the scholarship is grant, and will be renewed on an annual basis assuming satisfactory performance.  A small amount will be paid as a fellowship through work/study performance.  After the first year, it is anticipated that this work will be as a research assistant for a Law School professor.  In addition,  assuming good academic performance, it is our expectation that there will  be an opportunity for the student to  intern at a major Kansas City law firm in the summers, which will provide substantial additional income and good work experience in American law.

The first year in law school is very demanding, and therefore the law school discourages students from taking outside work during that time.  Therefore, although we will award a full scholarship, including a work/study oppostunity sufficient to cover living expenses, books and insurance during the first year we recommend that the student bring sufficient funds to pay those expenses without working.  A safe amount to bring would be $7000, although some students have been able to have far lower expenses than that.   After the first year, it should be possible to earn any needed amounts.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide students with outstanding English abilities and legal aptitude an opportunity to get intensive exposure to the American legal system through the obtaining of  a J.D. degree, and to use that  training to contribute to the development of the Chinese legal system and its interraction with American law and business.  Students likely would be able to earn the degree with less than three years of study, but we encourage them to continue for the entire three year program. 

Interested parties may contact Professor Patrick A. Randolph, Jr. at Although Chinese students without scores in the highest range of the LSAT may, of course apply for and gain admission to the school of law, they will not be eligible for the Edgar Snow Scholarship.  Like most American law schools, the UMKC School of Law has few other financial aid resources for foreign students.

Admissions materials for UMKC Law School can be found at

You also must be admitted as a foreign student to the University.  The application for that is at:

Application requires an application fee which typically is not waived.  If you are applying for the Edgar Snow scholarship, and otherwise would not apply to UMKC, you may want to contact me as set forth below first, so that I can tell you if it is worthwhile for you to complete the application. 

If you are applying for the Edgar Snow Scholarship, you should send a personal statement indicating your educational and professional background and setting forth your LSAT  score and any other test scores or information you deem relevant to me, along with contact information so that we can be in touch with you regarding an interview if you are in the pool of finalists.

My email address is

My mailing address is:

Patrick A. Randolph, Jr.
UMKC School of Law
500 E. 52nd Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

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