With the enthusiastic support of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bench and Bar, family law students have unique opportunities to serve children and families in the community outside the law school.  Students may enroll in one or more of the internship programs. 


UMKC Child & Family Law Program

Law in Service to Children and Families

University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

Guardian Ad Litem Workshop

In the Guardian Ad Litem Workshop, attorneys from the Sonnenschein Law Firm and experienced attorney guardians ad litem accept pro bono appointments in child and adult order of protection cases.  Students in the workshop, partner with these attorneys, and investigate the cases, provide recommendations to the family and the court, and represent the best interest of the child in hearings.  Learn more.

The Family Court Clerkship

The Family Law Clerkship Program students serve as clerks to commissioners of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, Family Court Division. The program offers students an opportunity to gain practical legal skills, learn about the various programs ordered by the Family Court Division to assist families in crisis, and develop a working knowledge of the Family Court Division.  Learn more

The Legal Aid Clinic

Students work in the family law unit of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, representing clients in orders of protection, dissolution, paternity, child custody and support and other domestic relations matters.  Learn more

The Jackson County Prosecutor Internships: Child Support Enforcement

Students work under the supervision of the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Child Support Division, prosecuting cases involving paternity establishment and child support. Students received  formalized instructions, individual mentoring, and instruction and guidance from assistant prosecutors.  Learn more

Students practice interviewing a child witness