Built on a long tradition of excellence including more than four decades of editorship of The Urban Lawyer, the national journal of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law, The Urban, Land Use and Environmental Law program educates lawyers and policymakers on issues of state and local government law. The program prepares graduates to enter the job market with specialized knowledge of the issues of law and policy relating to state, regional and local government including government functions and operations, public finance, the environment, and land use, development and redevelopment.
In addition to coursework, students participate in internships where they gain valuable practical experience, including placements in the Office of the Mayor of Kansas City, City Attorney’s office, the Environmental Protection Agency and redevelopment authorities. Students have access not only to the Law School’s wide range of courses, but are encouraged to take advantage of offerings in other UMKC departments including public administration, urban planning, architecture, geosciences and economics.
Students interested in this area can pursue the Emphasis in Urban, Land Use and Environmental Law. In addition, for more than forty years, UMKC School of Law has offered an LL.M. degree in urban law.