The Lawyering Skills Program consists of a two-semester, first-year course entitled Lawyering Skills I & II, taught in small sections. A key component of the program is the extensive feedback and individual assistance provided to students, including written comments on writing assignments and individual conferences with their faculty to review each assignment.
UMKC offers five advanced writing courses and three advanced legal research courses open to second- and third-year law students. Research assessments are integrated into all upper-division required courses to provide ongoing opportunities to sharpen this essential lawyering skill. In addition, each student must complete the upper-level Research and Writing requirements prior to graduation. Many upper-level courses include research and writing as an integral part of the course, from writing a scholarly paper for a seminar to drafting actual wills and trusts for estate planning courses.