University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

500 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, MO 64110 | Google Map

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Founded 1895 | ABA Accredited 1936

The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law was founded in 1895 and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. A public law school with a small urban liberal arts feel, UMKC Law draws on its connection to legal communities in two major metropolitan areas in Missouri and Kansas in order to offer its students a broad range of professional training and opportunity. The law school places emphasis on community involvement; students, faculty, and alumni work in collaboration with area bar members, lawyers, agencies, and judges in pursuit of public interest projects.

The law school's location in a metropolitan areas affords students ample opportunity to engage in clinical practice under the supervision of experienced faculty. Clinical programs include UMKC's Child and Family Services Clinic, Tax Clinic, Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic, and The Innocence Project Clinic. Judicial clerkships are available, giving students the opportunity to work side-by-side with federal and state judges. Internships with state and nonprofit agencies, Legal Aid, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the US attorney's office represent other avenues by which UMKC law students gain valuable practical experience.

UMKC Law is also home to the innovative Solo and Small Firm Initiative. Students who intend to go into private practice upon graduation, or those seeking a course of study in a specialized field can take courses in one of four emphasis areas: Litigation; Business and Entrepreneurial Law; Urban Land Use and Environmental Law: and Law in Service to Children and Families. These emphasis areas hone student's talents in a variety of specific skills, and enhance their prospects in the job market.


Charles Evans Whittaker, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Hilary A. Bush, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Zel Fischer, Judge, Missouri Supreme Court Clarence M. Kelley, 4th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation




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