JD Programs

All enrolled students at the University of Missouri School of Law are automatically members of the Student Bar Association, the School’s student government organization. SBA works to represent all student points of view to the administration and faculty. SBA’s functions are many and varied but can be divided into two general categories of academic and social functions. Emphasis is placed on both – SBA sponsors speakers and forums to expand students’ legal education, and manages a law school mentor program, pairing first-year students with second- or third-year students for guidance.  Additionally, SBA hosts social events and mixers, such as football tailgates, Barrister’s Ball, Battle of the Gavel (the annual school softball tournament), and assists with the Tim Heinsz 5K (see full description). The main objective of SBA is to bring student viewpoints into the educational process at the MU School of Law. Student representatives sit on all Law School committees, ensuring that student opinions are known and helping formulate curriculum and policy. Social events round out the process and are designed to allow future attorneys to network for the free exchange of ideas which are of importance and interest to attorneys. The governing body of the Student Bar Association is the Board of Governors. Elected each year by the student body, the Board is composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and twelve representatives (four from each class year). SBA is funded by membership contributions, payable once during the first semester of the first year. Additionally, SBA receives one dollar per student per semester from the Student Activities Fee. Other operating funds are generated from Book Pool revenues, grants from the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association and some matching funds from the Law School. The SBA office is located on the sub-plaza level.

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The Business, Entrepreneurship & Tax Law Review (“BETR”) is a student-edited publication at the Missouri School of Law whose primary purpose is to provide a three-part publication offering and host an annual symposia to cultivate cutting-edge information and legal analysis over a wide range of topics and issues. Journal issues will include Articles written by law professors, practicing attorneys, business experts, and members of BETR’s staff. White Papers are a concise in-depth analysis of a complex legal issue within the scope of business, entrepreneurship, or tax matters composed by subject matter experts. Blog posts are short summary pieces highlighting a specific legal or news issue within the scope of business, entrepreneurship, or tax legal matters composed by members of BETR’s staff and outside contributors.

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June 14, 2018 – July 21, 2018

The summer study-abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa will consist of three two-credit hour courses in different areas of comparative law. The program typically runs six weeks and finishes mid July. The courses will be taught by faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Law and the faculty at the University of the Western Cape.

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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.