Most of a lawyer’s work is not in a courtroom, but in an office: interviewing and counseling clients, planning and negotiating transactions, and privately resolving disputes. UMKC provides you with opportunities to hone all of these skills through courses and participation in national competitions. UMKC has a long-standing tradition of excellence in these fields.

  • Arbitration +

    The International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition was specifically created for LL.M. students who are often barred from participation in other moot competitions. Through this competition, and the supporting coursework, our international LL.M. students have the opportunity to research in a specific area of law (either international business or investment protection), develop arguments for both the claimant and respondent sides, prepare written outlines, and argue the dispute before a panel of arbitration experts. The competition is a challenging event for international LL.M. students who argue the case in English, often as a second language, before arbitrators, many of whom also are not native English speakers. The competition is held mid-March at Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit the LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition site.

    Contact: Professor Rana Lehr-Lehnardt

  • ABA Client Counseling Competition +

    The ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. The team(s) are selected through an in-house competition that will be held in November. Teams practice over the winter holiday and during the month of January, in preparation for the early February competition. Each year’s competition focuses on a different area of law. To learn more, see the ABA website.

    Contact: Associate Dean Barbara Glesner Fines

  • ABA Negotiation Competition +

    The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. Tryouts to compete in the annual ABA Negotiating Competition are held in September. Teams consist of four to six members and two alternates. The UMKC teams have advanced to the national finals 17 of the past 23 years. Regionals are generally held in early November and the national competition is generally in early February. Each year’s competition focuses on a different area of law. To learn more, see the ABA website.

    Contacts: Professor Robert Downs and Professor Tony Luppino

  • Transactional and Intellectual Property LawMeet® +

    The Transactional LawMeet® is for students interested in transactional practice and provides student teams with hands-on experience in preparing a transactional agreement and negotiating the provisions of that agreement with other teams. Teams will be evaluated by a panel of practicing attorneys who are experts in their fields. The Regional Competition occurs in February followed by the National Competition several weeks later in Philadelphia. Read more at the meet’s website.
    Contacts: Professor Tony Luppino
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