The advocacy emphasis is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to excel in the ever-changing world of 21st-century litigation.

Students in this emphasis area are able to take advantage of the multitude of court systems in the Kansas City metro area, including two state courts of appeals and two federal district courts. Multiple externships as well as four in-house clinics provide students the opportunity to advocate for their clients in a variety of court settings.

In addition to rigorous coursework, the Law School’s advocacy program gives students the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions, adding to the school’s history of competition success. Likewise, the appellate advocacy program culminates with representation in national competitions. Graduates of UMKC’s advocacy program have been recognized as the Best of the Bar and serve as state and federal lawyers and judges.

Sample Course Offerings

  • Advanced Legal Research: Litigation
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation Drafting
  • Applied Evidence
  • Applied Federal Trial Practice
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Criminal Trial Techniques 
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Famous Trials
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • The Jury: Practice and Perspectives
  • Lawyers and Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Missouri Civil Procedure 
  • Post Conviction Remedies
  • Remedies
  • Trans-National Litigation
  • Wrongful Convictions