University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
The Urban Public Law School With The Small Liberal Arts Feel
UMKC School of Law provides academic and professional training to students seeking careers in law. We are committed to providing a high quality legal education in a professional and supportive environment, concentrating always on the foundations of good lawyering: respect for people, respect for knowledge and ideas, and respect for justice.
An engaged faculty and student body
Our faculty are outstanding scholars who have extensive practice experience. Faculty at UMKC are actively engaged with students both inside and outside the classroom. Our classes are relatively small (by law school standards) and many of our substantive courses incorporate simulations and service learning opportunities. Our faculty and students are collegial and the school provides many opportunities for interaction and development of close personal relationships that will last throughout one's career. We like to think of ourselves as the urban, public law school with the small, liberal arts feel.
Working in the best traditions of the profession
We teach students to become lawyers in the best tradition of the profession, introducing them to the opportunities and obligations of the legal profession and its role in the greater community. We appreciate the work of lawyers and their many contributions, which include educating people and institutions about their rights, helping to design prosperous business and community ventures, and working towards the effective and efficient resolution of disputes. We maintain a faculty devoted both to professional service and to advancing knowledge through the production of excellent academic scholarship.
To produce outstanding lawyers and community leaders
As a Law School, we build on a strong tradition of advocacy, civic engagement, and academic excellence. Our program has not only produced some of the region's best lawyers and judges, but has also trained a U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Charles Whittaker) and an American President (Harry Truman). We embrace and foster a collegial, collaborative model of professional education and maintain an intellectual and cultural environment that fosters broad thinking, local and global awareness, and creative problem-solving.
We offer special emphasis areas in which students can integrate scholarship, classroom instruction and skills training to develop the skills needed for cutting-edge practice. Emphasis is available in the following areas:
If you are looking for a school where everyone knows your name, a school that fosters intellectual excitement; a school that values practical skills and community involvement, then UMKC is the school for you.
Integrated Education For The Real World Lawyer