School of Law Ambassador

Ashton Botts, 3L

  • Hometown: Mt. Vernon, MO
  • Undergrad Institution: William Jewell
  • Major: Rhertoric & Political Communications
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Hi!  My name is Ashton Botts, and I am beginning my third year of law school at Mizzou.  I graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri in 2010 with a degree in Rhetoric and Political Communication.  While in undergrad, I spent a semester at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where I took courses in Constitutional interpretation and political journalism.  I was fascinated by what I learned there, and when I returned to Missouri, I decided I wanted to go to law school. 

As I researched law schools, I discovered Mizzou offers a dual degree program in law and journalism.  From then on, there was no turning back.  I am now on a four-year journey to obtain a JD and an MA in Broadcast Journalism.  I hope to incorporate the skills I acquire in law school to become a legal analyst for a television news network. 

Because William Jewell is such a small school, I was a little intimidated to make the transition to a campus with over 30,000 students.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect balance between an intimate classroom environment and a vibrant campus abuzz with energy and plenty to do!

If you have any questions about the dual degree program or the law school experience, feel free to ask!  I would be happy to share any advice I can offer!