The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
The Missouri Law Review was first published in 1936, making it one of the oldest legal publications west of the Mississippi River. The Law Review is published quarterly, and traditionally is divided into three sections: Lead Articles, Comments, and Casenotes. Lead Articles are written by law professors, practicing attorneys, and members of the judiciary; Comments are written by Law Review Members and are thorough studies of a particular area of law, and Casenotes are written by Law Review Associate Members and analyze issues raised by recent court decisions or legislative acts.
The Missouri Law Review is an entirely student-run publication. Responsibility for managing, editing, and producing each issue belongs primarily to an Editorial Board comprised of Law Review Members.
The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is a nationally unique feature of the Law School. The Center was created to respond to the needs of lawyers and others to understand various methods of preventing and resolving disputes. To fulfill such a goal, the Center sponsors inter-disciplinary research, conferences and the Journal of Dispute Resolution. In addition, the Center fosters the inclusion of alternative methods of preventing and resolving disputes in law school curricula through the development of teaching materials and participation in conferences. It seeks to collaborate with lawyers and other dispute resolution practitioners and scholars and with organizations that have related goals.
The Center was created in 1984 upon the initiative of the Faculty and Dean of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and with the approval of the Board of Curators. The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution will provide national leadership in this rapidly developing area of the law. It also houses the LLM program in Dispute Resolution which began in the fall of 1999.
The Journal of Dispute Resolution is a student-edited, academic journal published on a bi-annual basis by the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. The Journal was established in 1984 and is recognized as the leading legal publication in the area of alternative dispute resolution. The Journal contains articles written by nationally prominent authors and students on a wide variety of topics in the rapidly developing field of dispute resolution. The Journal is composed of second and third year students who contribute written works and assist in the editing and publication process. An Editorial Board composed of third year students edits all written work and coordinates the publication process.
Journal membership provides the student more than an added advantage when seeking employment. Participation on the Journal affords the student the unique opportunity to sharpen her research, writing, analytical, management and leadership skills. The lawyer's tool is advocacy. Participation on the Journal offers the student a national academic forum to advocate or critique a professional or legal position related to the expansive field of alternative dispute resolution.
The Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law (JESL) was established in 1993 as the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review (MELPR). MELPR focused on regional and national environmental issues of interest to practitioners and policymakers. In the spring of 2012, MELPR became JESL. JESL continues MELPR’s focus on national environmental issues, while adding an emphasis on law and policy relevant to a sustainable world. JESL is a joint venture of the University of Missouri School of Law and the Missouri Bar's Environmental and Energy Law Committee (MEELC). It is a student-edited publication with a student Editorial Board and a Board of Advisers comprised of members of the MEELC, with the Missouri Bar providing printing services. JESL publishes two editions a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Membership in JESL is not only helpful when seeking employment post-graduation, but its greater importance is the sharpened research, analytical and writing skills attained during a student's candidacy. Members gain invaluable experience critiquing writing objectively, defending a professional position, and researching a topic exhaustively.