Received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Criminal Justice/Criminology from the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences
As a mother of four young children and a full-time law student, Stephanie Burton personifies a work-life balance not often associated with law school.
At the same time, the UMKC School of Law stands out as a law school that encourages students to lead balanced lives. Its “Healthy Habits: Learning Healthy Practices to Improve Your Life” program, for example, has provided law students with a foundation for healthy habits. The program has featured healthy lunches, a guided relaxation workshop, photography contest, creative writing workshop, yoga class and chair massages.
Two of the law school’s professors even conducted research and wrote a book about lawyers and the pursuit of happiness. Their research has translated into mini-term courses titled, “The Quest for a Satisfying Career” and “Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile.”
When Stephanie gave birth to her fourth child in the middle of the fall semester of 2009, classmates E-mailed her notes and one professor shared her baby pictures with a class. For Halloween, faculty handed out candy to Stephanie’s children and other trick-or-treaters.
“The professors really go above and beyond to make you feel like you are more than just your exam number, that you are more than just another person to fill the seat,” Stephanie said. “I can guarantee that Dean Suni probably knows everyone’s name at the Law School. And the staff – they know you by name. And when they see you in the hall they say, ‘Hey Steph, how’s it going? How are the kids?’”