UMKC School of Law is committed to the integration of high-level theory and practical skills in order to educate lawyers who develop judgment and strong problem-solving skills. As the ABA, our accrediting body, has recognized, all students should receive substantial instruction in the “professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession.” ABA Standard 302(a)(4). These skills include legal research, problem-solving, oral and written communication, advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact investigation, drafting and the organization and management of legal work.
The Law School has a practical skills requirement that, together with our Introduction to Law and Lawyering Processes course, provides what is needed to meet the basic ABA requirement. However, students are encouraged to obtain more practical experience. Students can obtain additional education in practical skills through designated doctrinal courses, simulation courses, externships, clinics and participation in our Solo and Small Firm Initiative as well as our Pro Bono/Public Service Program.