JD Programs

The Rural and Entrepreneurial Law Association (RELA) is aimed at providing tools and resources to equip and empower young attorneys to build their own rural or niche practices.  “Big Law” is not the only opportunity for a law student to become successful.  There are many unmet legal needs in various rural areas throughout the state as well as many new budding niche areas of law.  Our goal is to create a state-wide network of mentors and a wealth of support to help students identify under-represented geographic regions or niche areas of law and provide them with the tools and resources they need to become successful.  We will build a strong network between rural and urban attorneys across the state through pro-bono work, competitions, and networking events to help entrepreneurial students identify and take advantage of opportunities.  Our vision is for current RELA student members, in return for the benefits derived from our organization, to later become a mentor and source of support for future graduating students.  Membership is open to all students.

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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.

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South Africa Intersession Program The School of Law announced the creation of an additional study abroad opportunity in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019. Starting in January 2019, students may travel to South Africa for a shortened…

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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.