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.

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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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.

Student Organizations:

Law Students for Public Media

Law Students for Public Media is an organization which serves on behalf of non-profit public interest media (Public Media) through education, organization, and advocacy. Certainly, NPR and PBS are the best known examples of public media, but public media does not stop there. It includes all media outlets and formats whose mission is to serve the public, rather than to earn a profit. This noncommercial sector of the media aims to educate, engage and inform audiences, and it offers an alternative to mainstream, commercial media. We work to ensure that our laws vitalize and support public media, rather than hamper it. Finally, we strive to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas about the place of public media in our community.

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The Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law (JESL) was established in 1993 as the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review (MELPR). MELPR focused on regional and national environmental issues of interest to practitioners and policymakers. In the spring of 2012, MELPR became JESL. JESL continues MELPR’s focus on national environmental issues, while adding an emphasis on law and policy relevant to a sustainable world. JESL is a joint venture of the University of Missouri School of Law and the Missouri Bar’s Environmental and Energy Law Committee (MEELC). It is a student-edited publication with a student Editorial Board and a Board of Advisers comprised of members of the MEELC, with the Missouri Bar providing printing services. JESL publishes two editions a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

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