Student Organizations

Students Organizations play an essential role in the intellectual and social environments at the School of Law. There are over 25 official law student organizations. Some of the organizations, like the various law journals and the Board of Advocates, are student-run, co-curricular activities, in which students receive academic credit as they hone their writing and advocacy skills. Other organizations provide students with opportunities to enhance their professional and personal development through intellectual, cultural and volunteer opportunities.

Student Organization

Phi Delta Phi (PDP)

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, is the oldest professional fraternity in the Western Hemisphere. The fraternity has over 120 active chapters – called Inns – at law schools throughout the country, as well as in Mexico and Canada. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, American Bar Association presidents and law school Deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal fraternity.

Real Estate Law Society

The Real Estate Law Society is dedicated to educating its members about the current legal issues, educational opportunities, and career opportunities in the area of real estate law. We aim to provide opportunities and resources for members to satisfy their curiosity and cultivate their knowledge of various real estate practice areas including construction law, real estate transactions, & real estate finance.

Rural and Entrepreneurial Law Association

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.

Sports Law Society

The purpose of the Sports Law Society shall be to enhance professional development in the field of sports management by developing future contacts through networking, creating hands-on experience opportunities through participation in competitions, and contacting speakers throughout the school year.

Student Bar Association (SBA)

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.

Tax & Transactional Law Society

The Tax Law Society is dedicated to educating its members about the current legal issues, educational opportunities, and career opportunities in all areas of transactional law, including tax, estates and trusts, and business law. We aim to provide opportunities and resources for members to learn more about these areas of the law through speakers, site visits, intra- and inter-school competitions, and pro bono opportunities.

Women’s Law Association (WLA)

Women’s Law Association is one of the largest and most active organizations at the law school. The purpose of WLA is to serve the professional, academic, and social needs of the law school’s women. WLA serves these functions through networking events, speaker series, mentorships between members, and social events. WLA also supports women’s charity organizations through a Charity Auction and a Charity Golf Tournament.