International programs at UMKC School of Law allow students to learn about international law and the practice of law in cross-cultural settings. The school offers courses that support an emphasis in International, Foreign and Comparative Law. In addition, the school offers summer study abroad opportunities to China and Ireland/Wales, and, on an individual basis, semester-long immersion study abroad opportunities in a variety of countries, including Australia, China, Italy and the United Kingdom. Students may also participate in overseas internships in China, through the summer program, or in other countries with assistance and approval of law faculty.
The School of Law also offers its general LL.M. program adapted for foreign students. More than 100 students from more than 20 countries have earned LL.M. degrees from UMKC over the past ten years. These students have the opportunity to improve their Legal English, to develop lawyering skills, and to learn about U.S. law and culture. There are many opportunities for foreign students and U.S. students to interact with each other, including by involvement in student organizations and serving as mentors and teaching assistants.
International speakers come to the Law School regularly for events on campus, some from local entities, and some from overseas. The School has hosted visiting scholars from institutions in Brazil, China, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Ukraine, and visiting attorneys and judges come to UMKC from around the world through programs with the State Department in partnership with Global Ties KC.
Regular international curriculum offerings include: Chinese Law (China program), Conflicts of Law, Global Legal Systems, Employer Immigration Compliance, Immigration Law and Process, International Business Transactions, International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Taxation, Law of the European Union (Ireland/Wales program), Law of International Trade and Finance, and National Security Law.
Juris Doctor students from the School of Law regularly participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the European Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition (applying the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization), as well as other international competitions from time to time, and LL.M. students from the school regularly participate in the International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition.