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Urban, Land Use and Environmental Law

This program builds on a tradition of excellence in urban and land use law at the law school and on the UMKC law faculty and students’ 35-year editorship of The Urban Lawyer, the national quarterly law journal of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law. Students will be able to choose from courses, seminars, internships, and externships in the law school and in other departments including public administration, urban planning and architecture, geosciences, political science and economics. Students will be prepared to enter the job market with specialized knowledge of the issues and law relevant to land use; real estate development; state, regional and local government and the environment.

Admission requirements

Students must apply no later than the end of the second year. Advice about compliance with the requirements is available from the emphasis faculty advisers.


The program requires completion of the following:

  • A minimum of 15 hours in approved courses in groups A, B and C.
  • An academic research paper concerning a topic within the emphasis field. May be done in conjunction with a course, part of the Research and Writing (R&W) requirement, independent study option, a journal or Center for the City research project.
  • One semester of a practical skills requirement
  • Advanced research offering
Approved courses

Group A: Core Courses (must take two)

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land-Use Planning

Group B: Specialized Courses (must take three)

  • Air and Water Regulation
  • Cities and the Environment “J”
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Construction Law
  • Current Issues in Property Law Seminar
  • Environmental Law Seminar
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law and the American Indian “J”
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Preservation Law “J”
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Seminar on Urbanization
  • State and Local Government Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Urban Lawyer Board
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Law Clinic: Region VII Headquarters
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Law Clinic: National Agricultural
  • Compliance Assistance Center
  • Water Law

Group C: Related Law Courses and Interdisciplinary Courses

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation
  • Economics and the Law “J”
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Legislation
  • State and Local Government Tax
  • Biogeography and Landscape Ecology (Department of Geosciences)
  • Managing Urban Economic Development (Bloch School)
  • Urban and Regional Planning for Urban Administrators (Bloch School)
  • Urban Planning Theory and Practice (Department of Architecture)
  • Urban Planning and Design (This course would have additional assignments for law students)

Practical skills component
  • EPA Law Clinic, Region VII
  • EPA Law Clinic, Agricultural Center
  • Center for the City at UMKC


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