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 Urban and Land Use Law, Environmental Law
UMKC students can engage in a course of study within the J.D. degree with an emphasis in Urban and Land Use Law, Environmental Law or both. This program builds on a tradition of excellence in urban and land use law at the law school and on the UMKC law faculty and students' 35-year editorship of The Urban Lawyer, the national quarterly law journal of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law. Students in this specialized course of study will be able to choose from a variety of courses, seminars, internships, and externships in the law school and in other units and departments of the university including public administration, urban planning and architecture, geosciences, political science and economics. Students who choose to pursue this program will be prepared to enter the job market with specialized knowledge of the issues and law relevant to land use; real estate development; state, regional and local government and the environment.