As an integral part of an academic institution dedicated to educating students to become lawyers and community leaders, our faculty must serve as intellectual leaders in the law. Because the best lawyers seamlessly integrate high-level theory with sound practical skills, faculty play an important role in instilling the need to look beyond the routine to bring the larger questions of jurisprudence, history, policy, interdisciplinarity and the like to the resolution of important legal questions.
Faculty at our public university have an obligation to contribute meaningfully to the development of the law. As academic lawyers, faculty have the luxury to pursue issues based on their interest and importance, not on how much a client can or will pay for. Accordingly, faculty can and do contribute much to improving the law and the legal system through their scholarship.
At UMKC, we have dedicated scholars who, through books, articles, op-eds, electronic publications and other forms of writing, as well as through presentations at local, national, and international CLEs and conferences, make a true impact on what the law is and should be. And many of those faculty work with students, through supervision of student papers, seminars and research assistant positions, to involve students in this important work.
You can access our faculty’s scholarship through the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN), individual faculty pages or our recent publications list (PDF).