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Skills Training

Criminal Prosecution Clinic

Under the supervision of Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Professor of Law Kandice K. Johnson, students in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic learn how to present cases, conduct direct and cross examinations, and evaluate evidence as they handle cases for the State of Missouri. Cases include a broad range of misdemeanors and felonies, making the clinic one of only a handful at American law schools that allows students to prosecute felony cases. While providing academic lessons about criminal prosecution, the clinic also focuses on the various issues that arise with each unique case.

Externship Program

The Externship offers students an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to bridge the gap between law school and law practice. Through the Externship, students prepare for “effective and responsible participation in the legal profession” (ABA Std. 301) by applying the core concepts learned in law school courses to the challenges presented in the actual, in-office practice of law.

Family Violence Clinic

Family Violence Clinic students represent indigent victims of domestic abuse in 46 rural Missouri courts. Students also file cases for adoption/guardianship for abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned or soon to be orphaned children. Students may elect to do social justice projects which include drafting and testifying on legislation affecting abused women and abused/neglected/abandoned/orphaned children, clemency petitions for domestic violence victims, clemency work in Missouri’s governor’s office etc. The Clinic conducts interdisciplinary programs with other colleges at the University of Missouri and regularly collaborates with Legal Services Corporations, members of Congress and the Missouri legislature, national organizations for women, families and children, MU Hospital and Clinics, and American Embassies. The Family Violence Clinic has been led by nurse, lawyer and faculty member Mary Beck since 1993.

Innocence Clinic

In 2007, the University of Missouri System provided funding to launch a joint innocence project with The Midwest Innocence Project, a non-profit organization based in Kansas City, Mo. Students work with an experienced lawyer and clinical professor who serves as legal director for the Innocence Project, handling cases of possible innocence from six states with the opportunity to review case transcripts, gather documents and other evidence, search for witnesses and conduct interviews.

Landlord/Tenant Practicum

Supervised by a staff attorney from Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corp., students in the Landlord/Tenant Practicum represent indigent tenants in a variety of disputes, including eviction, habitability and security deposit non-return. They may also represent indigent tenants who reside in public or subsidized housing in administrative actions brought by or against a housing authority.

Legislative Practicum

Students in the Legislative Practicum take advantage of the School of Law’s proximity to the state capitol in Jefferson City, the advent of MU’s Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and the school’s traditional role as a resource for the Missouri General Assembly. Students gain hands-on experience in the legislative process by drafting legislation, lobbying and working on policy. The classroom component that accompanies the practicum experience involves visits by legislators, lobbyists and representatives of organizations who influence legislation.

Mediation Clinic

The Mediation Clinic gives students the opportunity to act as mediators in a variety of dispute settings, such as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the Missouri Commission for Human Rights, the 13th Judicial Circuit Small Claims Court for Boone County and with private attorneys. Mixing federal cases with small claims cases provides clinic students with an opportunity that few other mediation clinics offer. The clinic, which is housed in the School of Law’s nationally recognized Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, is headed by James H. Levin, an experienced practitioner and trainer in dispute resolution and a founding member of the National Association for Community Mediation.

Veterans Clinic

Students at the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic help veterans and their families secure disability benefits.

Student work is done at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals level and before the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. Students are supervised by an experienced attorney at each step, and will have the opportunity to work in a law firm atmosphere within the law school serving real client needs. Law students interested in personal injury, civil litigation or administrative law will benefit from the skills taught in this clinic.