Kansas City School of Law

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image courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections


Exhibiting multiple stylistic elements such as Chicagoan and Jacobethan, the building became home to the law school upon its completion in 1926. A unique institution in that its professors were practicing local judges and attorneys, its goal “was to build a great law school in Kansas City that would take rank with the leading law schools of the country.” The school emerged in 1895 from the minds of Edward Ellison, Elmer Powell, and William Borland – Borland being both dean of the school and a member of U.S. Congress. Indeed, many prominent law professionals originated from the school (including one Harry S. Truman, native Kansas-Citian and former U.S. President!), which merged with Kansas City University (now the University of Missouri at Kansas City) in 1938.