The Urban, Land Use and Environmental Law emphasis is committed to training lawyers and policymakers in issues of state and local government law and is built on a long tradition of excellence including more than four decades of editorship of The Urban Lawyer, the national journal of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law.

In addition to coursework, students intern to gain practical experience. Representative internships include: the Office of the Mayor of Kansas City, City Attorney’s office, the Environmental Protection Agency and redevelopment authorities. In addition to the Law School’s wide range of courses, students are encouraged to take advantage of offerings in other UMKC departments including public administration, urban planning, architecture, geosciences and economics.
Graduates will enter the job market with specialized knowledge of the issues of law and policy relevant to state, regional and local government including government functions and operations, public finance, the environment, and land use, development and redevelopment.

Sample Course Offerings

  • Administrative Law
  • Construction Law 
  • Civil Rights Litigation 
  • Environmental Law
  • Legislation
  • Land Use Law
  • Law and The American Indian
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Preservation Law
  • Public Finance 
  • Real Estate Finance 
  • Real Estate Transactions 
  • Seminar on Takings
  • State and Local Government Law
  • State and Local Government Tax 
  • Toxic Torts
  • Water Law