The UMKC Child and Family Law program provides students with the knowledge, perspective and skills necessary to serve the whole family—from infants to elders—and to lead the nation in improving family law standards and practice. Students will be in an excellent position to pursue and succeed in careers serving children, families, and elders, whether in private or government practice or in other leadership roles.
Innovative coursework, dedicated journal opportunities and close ties with the legal community enhance the learning experience.

In addition to coursework, the Child & Family Services Clinic provides students an opportunity to represent parents, relatives and custodians needing assistance to obtain custodial orders to achieve permanency for children. The student attorneys enter into employment agreements with clients, conduct factual investigations, develop case strategies, prepare written discovery, study relevant substantive and procedural law, draft and file pleadings, prepare witnesses and present evidence in actual court hearings.

Sample Course OfferingsLearn more about Family and Law Specialty at UMKC

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Assisted Reproduction
  • Children in the Law 
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning and Drafting
  • Ethical Issues in Representation of Families
  • Family Law
  • Gender and Justice 
  • Guardian ad Litem Workshop
  • Juvenile Offenders and the Law 
  • Mediation
  • Seminar in Family Violence