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Child and Family Law

One of the most fundamental and complex problems the legal system addresses are issues involving the planning and adjustment of family relationships. More people use an attorney to address family law issues than any other legal need; over half of all state court cases involve domestic relations matters. Family law requires an entirely different type of lawyer – one who can work collaboratively with professionals from a wide variety of disciplines to craft creative and just solutions while empowering clients to work together toward long-term solutions. The UMKC School of Law Emphasis in Child and Family Law prepares students to serve the whole family -- from infants to elder.

Students complete the Child and Family Law program are ready to pursue careers serving children, families, and elders, whether in private or government practice or in other leadership roles.

Admission requirements

Students may apply after completing their second semester (or 29 credit hours). The Child and Family Law Faculty will make admissions decisions.

  • GPA average of 2.6 in all law courses previously taken

The program requires completion of the following:

  • A minimum of 15 hours of approved courses
  • A written project on a topic dealing directly with children, families or elders and the legal system
  • A focus assignment or a paper on a topic relating to ethical issues in family representation
  • A portfolio of emphasis area work
  • Six credit hours in the Child and Family Services Clinic
Approved courses


  • Family Law (required)

Pick at two from from this list.

  • Children in Law
  • Juvenile Offenders and the Law
  • Family Violence
  • Elder Law
  • Gender and Justice
  • Assisted Reproduction and the Law


  • Guardian Ad Litem Workshop
  • Family Law Practice
  • Mediation
  • Workshop on Current Issues in Family Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Elder Law for Estate Planners
  • Disabilities and the Law
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Women and Violence
  • Law, Medicine and Bioethics
  • Immigration Law and Process
  • Education Law: Government and Legal Aspects of Education
  • Independent Study
Clinical component

All students must complete six hours in the Child and Family Services clinc, Law 8752. With faculty approval, students may substitute two other clinical courses from the following list.

  • Family Law Clerkship
  • Estate Planning and Drafting
  • Legal Aid Clinic - Domestic Relaations
  • Internship
  • Jackson co. Prosecutor’s Clinic: Family Law Prosecution



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