Annual Student Bar Association-Sponsored Events

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

SBA pairs entering 1Ls with a 2L or 3L Big Brother or Sister. The pairings are revealed during the second or third week of classes. An SBA member is appointed as event chair. He or she is responsible for making the pairings and coordinating additional event details.

Happy Hours

SBA sponsors a Happy Hour at the beginning of each semester. They are traditionally, but not always, held at the Déjá Vu Comedy Club.  Although SBA covers a majority of the costs, students pay $7 at the door for bottomless cup.


SBA sponsors a number of tailgates every football season.  The tailgates take place in the Law School’s East Entrance Courtyard (Rain site: Law School’s West Entrance) where SBA provides food and drinks for law school students.

Service Projects

SBA plans for school-wide service projects for the year. Some projects are difficult to set as projects often arise on a case-by-case basis. Past projects include Habitat for Humanity, clothing drives, food drives, etc.

Barrister’s Ball

Barrister’s Ball is the annual law school formal and is held in the spring. Women traditionally wear formal gowns and men wear tuxedos; however, there has been a trend toward more casual attire over the past few years as cocktail-style dresses and suits have become more the norm. Students must purchase tickets for themselves and guests. Typically there are two ticket prices-one including dinner and drinks for the night, the other just covering drinks after dinner.

Battle of the Gavel

Gavel is a coed softball tournament held in the spring. SBA organizes the tournament and is responsible for booking fields, registering teams, and securing food and beer for participants. Games are typically held at Cosmo Park in Columbia.

The Tim Heinsz Memorial 5K

In memory and honor of Professor Tim Heinsz, former dean of the MU School of Law and avid runner, the SBA hosts a memorial 5K run/walk with proceeds benefiting the Timothy J. Heinsz Memorial Fund. While the original run/walk was solely an SBA activity, increased participation in the planning has grown so much that the 5K is now organized by a separate committee.