Students may complete an emphasis in Child and Family Law that is noted on their official transcripts. Students receive advice from a member of the family law faculty who will help to ensure that all requirements are met.

Sample Course Offerings

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Assisted Reproduction
  • Children in the Law 
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning and Drafting
  • Ethical Issues in Representation of Families
  • Family Law
  • Gender and Justice 
  • Guardian ad Litem Workshop
  • Juvenile Offenders and the Law 
  • Mediation
  • Seminar in Family Violence

Our faculty are all experts in their disciplines. In addition to the courses mentioned above, our emphasis students participate in a two semester clinical experience where they represent family law clients in court under the guidance of our clinical faculty. Students may also participate in a Guardian ad litem workshop where they get more first-hand experience representing children.


UMKC Law also publishes the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The AAML is an organization of over 1600 of the countries’ most prominent family law attorneys. Students may serve as staff members for the Journal, with the expectation that they will have their work published in this scholarly journal. Student staff members also have the chance to meet with members of the Academy, providing additional mentoring and networking opportunities.

Student Organizations

Within the law school, students have the chance to become involved in organizations that meet their interest. The Family Law Society is very active in providing educational programs to the law school community as well as undertaking service projects. For instance, they sponsor programs on domestic violence and child abuse awareness. One of the most popular social events sponsored by the Family Law Society is the annual Trivia Night which is a fundraiser for the Child & Family Services Clinic.