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University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law


The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law is a public law school located in the center of Kansas City, Missouri.

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									Law School Profile

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
By Teresa Cajot

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law is a public law school located in the center of Kansas City, Missouri. It
was founded as a private institution by three lawyers, William Borland, Edward Ellison, and Elmer Powell, in 1895. The law school,
which was initially called the Kansas City School of Law, merged with the University of Kansas City in 1938. It took on its current
name in 1963 when it affiliated with the University of Missouri system. The law school relocated to the main campus the University of
Missouri-Kansas City in 1974.

UMKC School of Law is fully-accredited by the American Bar             including prosecutors’ offices, public defenders’ offices, judicial
Association and a member of the Association of American Law            chambers, and government offices.
Schools. Enrollment options with the law school consist of full
and part-time JD options, dual degree programs, a general              Summer study abroad programs include the Ireland program,
LLM degree program, and specialized LLM degree programs in             which is offered through UMKC School of Law and the
tax and urban affairs.                                                 Southern Illinois School of Law, and the summer law school in
                                                                       China program at the University of Peking.
The law school’s academic program aims to provide graduates
with strong lawyering skills as well as practical experience.          UMKC School of Law produces The Urban Lawyer, the Journal
Through skills courses, simulations courses, externships,              of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the
and clinics, students are encouraged to develop the skills             student-run publication, The Law Review. As the world’s
necessary for the legal world.                                         largest circulating urban law journal, The Urban Lawyer,
                                                                       serves as the official national journal of the American Bar
UMKC School of Law’s E.E. Thompson Courtroom, which was                Association’s Section of Urban, State, and Local Government
renovated in 2006, is a prime location for litigation training         Law. The publication of The American Academy of Matrimonial
and observation. The modern courtroom offers real-time                 Lawyers was taken on by UMKC Law School at the request of
transcripts and the ability to view both video evidence and            The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The journal
electronic documents on screens at the judge’s bench, the              is edited by faculty members, with assistance from students.
witness stand, and the jury box. The school is also home to            Students also compose papers on assigned topics, summarize
the newly-built Arthur H. Stoup Courtroom, which is named for          major articles of interest, and edit lead articles for the twice-
a graduate who went on to lead the Kansas City Metropolitan            yearly publication.
Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.
                                                                       The Career Services Office provides students and alumni with
Through the two-semester Legal Writing Program, first-year             assistance in all areas of career development including job
students are given individualized assistance in the form               search strategies, individual counseling sessions, on-campus
of written comments and personalized-assignment review                 interviews, and more. UMKC School of Law also offers a solo
conferences. Upper-level research and writing requirements             and small firm practice program and a solo and small firm
further serve to fine-tune skills in this key area.                    incubator program to assist those interested in pursuing small
                                                                       firm or solo practice.
Clinical offerings, which allow students to work with real
clients, include the Child and Family Services Clinic, the             Networking and social opportunities abound through the
Guardian ad Litem Clinic, the Entrepreneurial Legal Services           law school’s 30 plus student organizations. A sample of the
Clinic, the Kansas City Tax Clinic, and The Midwestern                 offerings include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Animal
Innocence Project.                                                     Law Society, Emissaries, the Family Law Society, the J. Reuben
                                                                       Clark Law Society, the Moot Court Board, Older Wiser Law
A range of externship opportunities are also available to              Students, and the Public Interest Law Association.
interested students at federal, state, and local agencies,

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