UMKC Catalog


Litigation Emphasis Area

Important Note: Because the School is committed to keeping up with changes in the practice of law, the requirements for emphasis areas may change during the course of a student's enrollment at the School. The requirements at the time a student is granted admission into the emphasis area are the requirements that govern completion of the student's emphasis requirements. For possible revised requirements that will take effect with the next academic year, see

Emphasis in Litigation

UMKC’s long tradition of educating distinguished litigators is an important reason that many students choose UMKC for their legal education. To enhance that tradition, the law school has established within the J.D. degree an Emphasis in Litigation, a program designed to help outstanding students focus on those courses that will give them the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the ever-changing world of twenty-first century litigation. In addition to taking a rigorous yet varied menu of required and elective courses, each student pursuing the Emphasis in Litigation works closely with an assigned faculty adviser and is provided with additional training in legal writing, litigation ethics, and legal research.