Professional Perspectives Requirement

  1. As lawyers, each of you will be required to complete a required number of Continuing Legal Education requirements each year. In Missouri, for example, you will be required to complete 15 hours of additional education each year, among which, 2 hours each year must be related to Professional Responsibility.
  2. As law students at MU, you have a similar requirement.
  3. You MUST complete a certain number of Professional Perspective hours each year to be eligible to graduate from this law school.
  4. Professional Perspectives’ hours are designed to further your legal knowledge by presenting you with information about current legal events; from current practitioners, including judges; and about other legal or legally-related matters. These hours are also designed to present you with needed information about career planning, the job market, and placement;
    1. As a result, matters counting for Professional Perspectives credit are broken into two categories:
    2. Professional Perspectives are those programs that give students a new or different prospective on the law or its practice;
    3. Career Development are those programs that give students information about career planning and placement;
    4. Any program approved for credit will designate the category applicable to that program;
  5. Matters qualifying for Professional Perspectives credit will appear on the School weekly Upcoming Events e-mail and the digital sign outside of Room 203. It is your responsibility to select the events you wish to attend, within the guidelines set out below;
  6. Many programs sponsored by the School of Law automatically qualify for Professional Perspectives credit. When listed on the weekly Upcoming Events e-mail and the digital sign outside of Room 203, qualifying programs are so designated.
  7. Programs sponsored by student or other groups may qualify for Professional Perspectives credit, but ONLY if an application for credit is filed, in advance, of the event, with the Career Development Office. Application forms are available in the Career Development Office.
  8. Every event for which Professional Perspectives credit is offered MUST be overseen by a responsible person who agrees to maintain an attendance record for that event.
  9. Because Professional Perspectives credit is required, it is an event for which attendance counts. As a result, please note that it is an offense under the Honor Code to misrepresent one’s own or another attendance or absence from such an event. This would include signing in for an event and then leaving before the conclusion of that event.
  10. The Professional Perspectives requirement for each class of students is as follows:
    1. For First Year Law Students:
      1. 1 General Professional Perspectives program in the fall semester;
      2. 1 Career Component program in the fall semester;
      3. 1 General Professional Perspectives program in the spring semester;
      4. 1 Career Component program in the spring semester;
    2. For Second and Third Year Law Students:
      1. 2 Programs each semester;
      2. At least two of the programs during the year MUST be General Professional Perspectives credit;
      3. At least one program during the year MUST be Career Component credit.