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The UMKC Inns of Court was the brainchild of UMKC School of Law faculty members and local attorneys and judges. Its concept was based on the English Inns of Court which provided mentoring by experienced barristers to students of the law and newly licensed barristers. The UMKC Inns of Court consists of 12 large Inns. Each of those 12 Inns is comprised of 2-3 smaller Inns. Each small group consists of 4-6 students and 2-3 judges and attorneys (masters).
During the summer, the 1L’s are asked to complete a one-question survey about the type of law they may want to consider practicing after graduation. The choices are: Intellectual Property, International, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Urban, Environmental, Land Use Law, Public Interest, Solo/Small Firm Practice, Family Law, Business and Entrepreneurial Law and Career Exploration. We do our best to match up the students with judges and attorneys who have practiced or are currently practicing in those areas. The new 1L students meet their Inn Masters and fellow Inn members during a Matriculation Ceremony which takes place the first day of Orientation.
With the state of the economy these days, students are encouraged to take advantage of these networking and mentoring opportunities. The smaller groups provide the students the chance to get to know their Inn Masters and their fellow Inn members.
For information regarding a specific Inn, please see that Inn’s page.