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University of Missouri School of Law

The Juris Doctor (J.D.), or law degree, is a three year post-baccalaureate program. Students must complete 89 credit hours of law courses roughly one-half of which are required courses. The wide variety of academic courses are complemented by a variety of clinics and skills courses designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation for the practice of law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 412
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.1 - 3.74
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 97.54%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 91.8%
In State Tuition $18,649
Out of State Tuition $35,677

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About University of Missouri School of Law

The Juris Doctor (J.D.), or law degree, is a three year post-baccalaureate program. Students must complete 89 credit hours of law courses roughly one-half of which are required courses. The wide variety of academic courses are complemented by a variety of clinics and skills courses designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation for the practice of law.

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The University of Missouri School of Law, “provides a high-quality legal education at an affordable price.” Its small size, collegial atmosphere and “absolutely outstanding” faculty make Mizzou a “place where you can find all the challenge you want in a law school, without unnecessary stress on top of it.” In the words of one student, “If you want to practice in the state of Missouri, there’s no better place. Our law school consistently pro­duces the future leaders of Missouri.” Students offer nothing but the utmost praise for their faculty. “The professors are intel­ligent yet not intimidating; they really care about the students.” They “are leading scholars in their field yet available outside the classroom.” “Although the Socratic Method is used throughout the first year, and often in other classes, it is used effectively, to help teach students to think like lawyers, but not to embarrass them.” Of particular note, one student expresses pleasure in discovering that “classes integrate well with each other, in that pro­fessors seem aware of the other classes students are taking, and they draw connections between various fields of the law, thus helping students see how the law comes together.” In the words of one particularly enthusiastic student, “The university is the reason I chose MU School of Law, but the faculty is why I would recommend it to any future students. Go Tigers!”Similar feelings resonate over the administration. One student shares, “The dean of the law school teaches one of my classes. That’s probably one of the coolest things about the law school—everyone is so attainable. The administration knows me, and probably every other student in the school, and they genuinely do have our best interests in sight.” An older student returning to school after having a family, remarks, “The administration and professors are willing to work with students when those pesky issues of life come along and interfere with the school schedule.” Another fan declares, “Law school is hard, MU made it easier.”Academically, students are challenged “within the comfort of a community.” Students appreciate “the rigor and intensity of the curriculum” and especially call attention to Mizzou’s noteworthy program in alternative dispute resolution. However, of greatest frustration to students are course offerings that conflict with scheduling. One student explains, “Although the course catalog offers a nice variety, students sometimes will have only one opportunity to take a particular class during their student careers, since some 2L/3L classes are offered only every other year.” Unfortunately, the wait for in-demand classes can range from a semester to a year, depending on availability. Career services receive mixed reviews. One student feels that “Career Services does an excellent job with the top 25 percent of the class, but the other three-fourths could use more attention, in my opinion.” Another agrees, remarking that “the career development ser­vices are probably the most deserving of attention.” Specifically, some feel that “the Career Office could do a better job attracting employers from more geographical areas.” Fortunately, it appears that Career Services is addressing some of these issues; as one stu­dent reports, due to recent changes, “Career Services has done a much better job at provid­ing job and internship opportunities for the students.”While instructional technology is current, the facilities have some shortcomings. “The classrooms do not have electrical outlets, which makes it difficult to take notes on a com¬puter when you have class for four hours straight.” As a result, “Students are commonly seen lugging around extension cords” with them on campus. Additionally, students feel that “physical facilities are starting to show their age and need to be remodeled.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 133

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MPA (Public Administration), 4 years; JD/MHA (Health Administration), 4 years; JD/MA (Economics) 4 years; JD/MA/MS (Human Development and Family Studies), 4 years; JD/MA (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis), 4 years; JD/MA (Journalism), 4 years; JD/PhD (Journalism), 6 years; JD/MLS (Library and Information Science), 4 years; JD/MS (Personal Financial Planning), 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 54
Full-Time Faculty 26
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 20
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 61% Male
39% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 76%
Multi-racial 5%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,649 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,612 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $29,261 $18,649

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,677 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,612 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,289 $35,677

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

University of Missouri School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 159
LSAT Total 152 - 159

University of Missouri School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.1 - 3.74
Total 3.1 - 3.74

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 87%
First Time Pass Rate 98%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 93%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 31 23%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 7 5%
Business Industry 21 16%
Government 25 19%
Public Interest 10 7%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
State Clerkship 5 4%
Academia 3 2%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 6 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
GA 2%
DC 2%
MO 85%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Missouri School of Law include:

  • Ike Skelton - Former US Congressman
  • Ted Kulongowski - Former Governor of Oregon
  • John R. Gibson - US Ct of Appeals-8th Cir
  • Jay Nixon - Governor of Missouri
  • Claire McCaskill - US Senator

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