UMKC named one of most innovative law schools

The School of Law prides itself on being a leader in innovation and was recently recognized as one of the 15 most innovative law schools by National Jurist magazine and one of the 25 most innovative law schools by preLaw magazine. While the law school offers a range of innovative courses and programs, the magazines selected UMKC because of its Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (ENVC) course and its solo and small firm initiative.

Regnier Venture Creation Challenge

A student explains her business plan to Professor Anthony Luppino during the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge.

The ENVC course is a unique blend of classroom teaching, clinical and experiential learning and competition that helps students develop an appreciation of the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Taught by Professor Luppino from the School of Law in conjunction with faculty from the Bloch School of Management, the course involves students working in teams and using real-world projects to examine the economic, legal, marketing, and operational mechanisms that help to develop business plans for workable venture ideas. Teams typically have four members from a variety of academic units, including business, engineering and law. The course then culminates with participation in the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge, where course participants are given the opportunity to pitch their business plans before a panel of judges that includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, educators, researchers and attorneys.

The law school was also recognized for its solo and small firm initiative. The program is designed to help students prepare for a career of entrepreneurial lawyering by providing key skills, knowledge and professional capabilities. Students learn about both practicing law and running a law practice. Taking this education a step further, the law school opened the Solo and Small Firm Incubator, which offers affordable office space, and office assistant, experienced mentor attorneys and guidance in managing a legal practice.

To learn more about some of the ways UMKC is leading the way in legal education, visit law.umkc.edu/entrepreneurship.

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