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Associate Professor/Professor of Business Law / UMKC School of Law

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Job Location:
Business Law
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Job Description


The UMKC School of Law seeks to hire for an entry level or lateral tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Business Law and related fields, which will begin in Fall 2025. The School of Law is looking for faculty members with a strong commitment to educating lawyers for the twenty-first century and those who will actively participate in our collegial, collaborative community. We encourage applications from candidates who would add diversity to our faculty.

UMKC offers a wide range of traditional Business Law courses and also several projects-based and experiential learning courses and programs, some of which are interdisciplinary and involve interactions with departments in UMKC's Henry W. Bloch School of Management and other  academic units. As part of the J.D. program, students may earn a Business and Entrepreneurial Law Emphasis. Additionally, students with potential interest in business-related fields are presented with a variety of skills training options through a team-taught Transactional Lawyering Skills Lab course and other simulation courses, an Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic, an Intellectual Property Clinic, and competitions, internships, externships, and supervised independent study opportunities.

One component of the faculty position would be teaching a Business Organizations course. Beyond that, there is flexibility for candidates with business-oriented research and teaching interests to fashion a teaching package that might include a combination of courses from such subjects as Antitrust Law, Business Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Taxation of Corporations, co-teaching in the Transactional Lawyering Skills Lab course; and other courses such as Health Care Law or Business Planning where knowledge of organizational structures strongly overlaps. The teaching package might also include participation in one of our innovative projects-based interdisciplinary entrepreneurship courses operated out of the Law School-led Center for Law, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which connects faculty, staff, and students from multiple UMKC academic units and other programs with projects and in many cases collaborators from other institutions and organizations. Many of the Law School's entrepreneurship endeavors have been supported by funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. We also welcome the inclusion of one or more other courses that offer critical perspectives on business law, which the candidate might propose to enrich the Law School's business curriculum.



A J.D. or equivalent degree is required.

Anticipated Hiring Range


Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications, experience, and evidence of success in legal education and/or research. This is a 9-month, benefit-eligible, full-time (1.0) faculty appointment eligible for tenured promotion. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Missouri provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. Our academic workloads and schedules promote a positive work/life balance.

Application Materials


The Faculty Appointments Committee of the School of Law will review applications submitted through the UMKC Human Resources portal. For consideration, you must apply online at, click in Academic Positions (Job Opening ID 35278).

Please  combine all application materials (personal letter of interest and applicable experience which qualifies you for a tenure-eligible faculty position, current curriculum vitae, and evidence of success in publication, legal precedence, or presentation) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachments.  Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

For more information, please contact:

Mikah Thompson

Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee

UMKC School of Law


-     If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

-     Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. 

-     Higher education transcripts and/or verification of J.D. will be required for candidates advancing as finalists.

-      Candidates will receive prior notification if references will be contacted.

Application Deadline


Review of applications begins upon receipt. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. After initial review by the committee all uploaded materials may be shared with all faculty in the prospective home department. For affiliations and joint appointments, materials may be shared with all faculty in all departments involved.

Other Information


The School of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is the urban law school of the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautifully landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the only law school in a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area of more than two million people and offers courses leading to J.D. or LL.M. degrees for approximately 450 students. It benefits from its metropolitan location, a university with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, a dedicated faculty and staff, and strong community and alumni support.

UMKC is a public, urban, research university with more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  It is part of the larger University of Missouri System. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with surrounding urban communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, and more economically secure quality of life.

A City on the Rise:  Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds - a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

Benefit Eligibility


This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.
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