UMKC School of Law is committed to educating students to become lawyers who, through the integration of high-level theory and practical skills, develop effective problem-solving skills and the beginnings of professional judgment. The first year is focused on developing critical analytical, research and writing skills as well as exposure to key knowledge and basic lawyering skills. Second- and third-year required courses provide exposure to those areas deemed necessary for all lawyers, and electives allow students to explore a wide range of subject areas and skills.
The curriculum also contains varied hands-on learning opportunities, including simulation and drafting courses, externships, clinics and legal journals. Mini-term courses provide opportunities for students to study in shorter, more intensive learning environments.
For students who decide while in law school to specialize in a particular area, our five emphasis areas provide guided curricula that include substantive law, practical skills, advanced research and writing as well as specialized study in ethics and professionalism. Our Solo and Small Firm Initiative provides innovative coursework to prepare students for going out on their own or into smaller firms, and our summer study abroad programs give students the opportunity to study in Ireland and China while obtaining an enriching cultural experience.
Our academic program is enhanced by the Inns of UMKC, which provides mentoring, networking and professionalism opportunities for students, as well as by our Academic Strategies Program, which provides support and assistance in developing the study skills needed in law school. The integrity of the academic program is maintained by a student-administered Honor Code.