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!