JD Programs

Pro Bono

A formal Pro Bono Program was established by the University of Missouri School of Law in the Fall of 2013. The Pro Bono Program provides students with opportunities to gain practical lawyering experience while serving persons of limited means, as well as help cultivate a sense of professionalism and social responsibility.

In accordance with ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools, Standard 302, Interpretation 302-10, the Program defines pro bono broadly to include activities for the benefit of persons of limited means, whether or not law-related. In addition, work done for a non-profit with 501(c)3 status will also qualify. Participation in credit-granting activities, including work students perform as part of an externship course or clinic, or volunteer work done for points for students seeking membership in the Board of Advocates, will not count as volunteer hours under the Pro Bono Program.

Study Abroad:

London, England

Second and third year law students can spend spring semester abroad in London, England through the London Law Consortium. The Consortium consists of seven ABA-approved law schools that offer their students a culturally enriching study abroad program.

The London Law Consortium holds its classes at the Florida State University, London Study Center, 103 Great Russell Street, London. The Study Center is located one block from the British Museum, and less than two blocks from the Tottenham Court Road tube (underground) station.

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St. Louis Program

Mizzou Law’s Summer in St. Louis program allows students to earn course credit in a major metropolitan area where they can work during the day while taking evening/weekend classes. Second- and third-year law students have an opportunity for intensive study of modern litigation topics. Mizzou Law students enrolled in the program will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of networking opportunities with the school’s extensive St. Louis alumni base.

Courses are taught in sequence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ modern classroom facilities close to downtown St. Louis. Students may choose to take selected courses or the entire set.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has formed a student chapter at the law school and is now accepting members. The mission of the ACLU is to assure that the Bill of Rights are preserved for each new generation. Such rights include: First Amendment rights, equal protection of the law, due process of law, and the right to privacy. Although some segments of the population have traditionally been denied those rights, the ACLU works to extend protection to racial minorities, homosexuals, mental patients, prisoners, soldiers, children in the custody of the state, disabled individuals and Native Americans. The ACLU has more than a dozen national projects devoted to specific civil liberties issues: AIDS, arts censorship, capital punishment, children’s rights, education reform, lesbian and gay rights, immigrants rights, national security, privacy and technology, prisoners’ rights, women’s rights and workplace rights. The only requirement for membership in the student chapter of the ACLU is membership in the national organization.

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The Journal of Dispute Resolution is a student-edited, academic journal published on a bi-annual basis by the University of Missouri 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.

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