The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization (ADRO) is open to all students. This student group was created to promote interest and understanding in alternative dispute resolution. All areas are rapidly growing within the legal community and Mizzou Law has one of the best Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs in the country! ADRO is dedicated to educating its members about the current legal issues, educational opportunities, and career opportunities in the area of alternative dispute resolution and we aim to provide opportunities and resources for members to satisfy their curiosity and cultivate their knowledge of various alternative dispute resolution practice areas including mediation, arbitration, and negotiation.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has formed a student chapter at the law school and is now accepting members. The mission of the ACLU is to assure that the Bill of Rights are preserved for each new generation. Such rights include: First Amendment rights, equal protection of the law, due process of law, and the right to privacy. Although some segments of the population have traditionally been denied those rights, the ACLU works to extend protection to racial minorities, homosexuals, mental patients, prisoners, soldiers, children in the custody of the state, disabled individuals and Native Americans. The ACLU has more than a dozen national projects devoted to specific civil liberties issues: AIDS, arts censorship, capital punishment, children's rights, education reform, lesbian and gay rights, immigrants rights, national security, privacy and technology, prisoners' rights, women's rights and workplace rights. The only requirement for membership in the student chapter of the ACLU is membership in the national organization.
The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by helping to shape the debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues. We do this by presenting high-impact ideas to those in the government, legal education and the media; building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. Our chapter's activities include networking events with progressive attorney's currently in practice; speakers who present contemporary legal issues from a variety of perspectives, and social events such as our 1L Mid-term prep and The Annual Law Revue--a variety show hosted annually in conjunction with Lambda Legal. Everyone is invited to find out more about the amazing opportunities created by involvement in the American Constitution Society. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Law's chapter of the Black Law Students Association was founded in 1971. BLSA's primary purpose is to deal with the special concerns of Black law students and lawyers. The Association acquaints students with the professional opportunities, problems and responsibilities they will have as practicing members of the Bar.
BLSA encourages full participation of all students in the activities of the School of Law and the University. It also attempts to foster closer contact with present members of the legal profession. BLSA has involved itself in numerous activities in the past, including sponsorship of a statewide advisory group on black student affairs at the Law School, and group sessions with visiting high school students.
The Board of Advocates (BOA) is the organization which organizes and administers the advocacy competitions within the school and at other regional, and higher level, events. BOA is dedicated to honing students advocacy skills and prepare young advocates for the future through competition opportunities. While the organization is run by third year students, second year students serve as assistants and first year students are free to compete in the competitions. The Board and it's assistants are selected based on a petition process and advocacy experience, including competition experience.
The MU Christian Legal Society is a group of law students organized to provide a means of exploring faith in Jesus Christ in the practice of law. The students' primary purpose is to encourage one another in faith and love as they face the challenges of law school and preparation for the profession.
CLS' primary activity is a weekly bible study, which becomes a forum for the discussion of issues relating to Christianity and the law. It is also a forum for prayer. Other activities have included prayer breakfasts, social gatherings and meetings with Christian attorneys. All law students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
CLA’s purpose is to be a forum for encouraging the study, practice, and discussion of criminal law at the University of Missouri School of Law.
CLA activities revolve around being a resource for law students who are interested in the area of criminal law. Our activities include hosting events such as speakers, forums, and field trips to places and events of interest. We also provide practical information related to criminal law by informing our members of practice and academic opportunities in the field."
The Equal Justice Law Association (EJLA) is a group of law students committed to advancing public interest law at the University of Missouri, the Mid-Missouri community and the larger region. The organization is dedicated to educating and encouraging student participation in public interest law during their time as students as well as their later legal careers. EJLA volunteers work with many public interest organizations throughout the region in order to advance our shared goals in the areas of: the educational and criminal justice systems, public housing, immigration, and poverty. EJLA’s specific aims include: Educating and encouraging students to pursue public interest opportunities and career opportunities in public interest law and legal services; Assist public interest governmental or non-governmental not-for-profit agencies to achieve their goals by encouraging and organizing volunteer opportunities and internships throughout the Mid-West and South; Raise funds to provide grants/scholarships to University of Missouri Law School students who elect to take unpaid internships with public interest organizations.
The Mizzou Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students committed to preserving the mainstays of American government: federalism, the separation of powers, and judicial fidelity to the text of the Constitution. Our chapter has been recognized as one of the nation’s strongest Federalist Society Student Chapters, as well as one of the most active student groups at MU School of Law. We are, above all, committed to sponsoring open and honest debate on the fundamental legal issues of our day. Welcome to the Mizzou Law Federalist Society.
The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS) is a group of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the intersection of law, history and theatre. Each year HATTS presents a new trial. Previous HATTS trials have featured Lewis and Clark's supposed theft of a Native American's canoe, Al Capone's role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Missouri Gov. Thomas Crittenden's alleged bounty on the head of outlaw Jesse James, and the trial of Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
In 2001 the Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) was established to offer Mizzou students a forum to discuss issues relevant to the Hispanic community. HLSA sponsors academic discussions and social occasions, focusing on international law, immigration law, the Spanish language, and society's demographic shifts.
The International Law Students Association provides opportunities for law students interested in pursuing a career in international law. ILSA is a member of the National Chapter of the International Law Students Association and organizes the Jessup International Moot Court competition. ILSA also has liaisons working with the European Union Center located in the Reynolds Alumni Center.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is a national organization that seeks to affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. JRCLS strives through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. As a student chapter of JRCLS, our goal is to encourage and aid law students who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, all law students are invited to join. We seek to instill student camaraderie, provide networking and career opportunities, and help our membership attain their educational goals.
Lambda Legal Society is the LGBT-Ally organization at the University of Missouri School of Law. Our objective is threefold: to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and allied law students at the University of Missouri by encouraging personal and academic development; to educate the law school community by providing opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and the legal issues that affect it; and to build and maintain relationships with gay and gay-sensitive employers by providing a network for students seeking employment in an open environment and for employers seeking a diverse workplace. Membership is open to all law students, regardless of sexual orientation or identity.
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.
Mizzou Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is committed to educating, organizing and supporting law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to lead the reproductive justice (RJ) movement.
Reproductive justice includes collective efforts to address and overcome the roots of reproductive oppression, while constructing legally tenable, realistically accessible avenues for informed, consensual, unobstructed decision making about education, sex, contraception, sterilization, abortion, procreation, birth, and parenting.
We focus on a broad range of issues: protecting abortion rights, providing comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education, ensuring access to contraception, abolishing the practice of shackling incarcerated women during childbirth, and reducing maternal mortality rates, to name just a few. We welcome women and men of all backgrounds and political affiliations.
The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) is a statewide membership association with approximately 1,200 attorneys. MATA members are dedicated to defending the rights of individuals to pursue justice when they are injured, protecting the civil justice system, preserving the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, and maintaining high standards of professional ethics, competency, and demeanor among trial attorneys.
Mizzou’s Student MATA Chapter is open to all law students. Mizzou MATA is an organization that sponsors speakers’ events about legal issues and practice, social networking events with Missouri practitioners, and other events as decided upon by its membership and officers. If you are interested in becoming a trial attorney and like networking, this is the organization for you!
The Missouri Law Veterans Society (MLVS) is open to all students. The group was started to: (1) participate in the Veterans Law Appellate Advocacy Competition, held in Washington, D.C.; (2) be involved in introducing veterans law to law students by inviting speakers on the subject; and (3) reach out to the law student community, gathering information of particular interest to them (particularly internship and clerkship opportunities) and making that information available. You DO NOT have to be a veteran to join. Veterans law gives students a unique opportunity to participate in pro bono work and appellate advocacy early in their careers.
Our organization works to provide law students with opportunities to get involved in Democratic politics on the local, statewide and national level. We are a member organization of the National Democratic Law Students Council.
We seek to give students the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with attorneys who share Democratic values and network with party leaders and elected officials. We highlight current political issues by bringing in speakers and sponsoring debates. During election years, we conduct voter registration drives and connect law students with campaigns.
Many incoming law students fit the hard-to-define "nontraditional student" mold perfectly. If you are working outside of school, have a family, commute from a distance, are changing careers or have switched from another area of advanced study, then NTLSA can be helpful to you. The Non-Traditional Law Student Association has been officially recognized at the University of Missouri School of Law since 2000. Our main goal is to provide the support necessary for nontraditional students to succeed at their studies while covering their bases in life. Parents of young children especially find the information for on- and off-campus resources helpful to ease their families’ transition. Part-time, working and career-changing students often enjoy the networking and sharing of their unique life experiences with peers in similar positions.
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is the world's largest legal fraternity and is composed of pre-law students, law students, legal educators, attorneys, judges, and government officials. PAD was founded in 1902 and the Lawson Chapter at University of Missouri-Columbia was founded in 1909. The PAD motto is "Service to the Student, the Law School, the Profession and the Community." The Lawson Chapter fulfills this motto by organizing various activities and events throughout the school year including, but not limited to: a Happy Hour to welcome new first year students in the fall; an annual Food Drive for the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri; fall and spring semester blood drives; Mizzou Law clothing sales; a bowling social event night; and, guest speakers for perspectives credits. In addition, members of the Lawson Chapter receive various discounts on events and products in addition to exclusive access to the PAD outline bank specifically created for Mizzou Law professors and updated each semester. For more information, contact the Lawson Chapter executive board at email@example.com or check out our website at www.pad.org.
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.
University of Missouri's Tiedeman Inn was established in 1890, and sponsors many activities designed to serve the law school and law school community. These activities include sponsoring speakers, student work shops, and philanthropy and fundraising projects. Phi Delta Phi also recognizes the need for social events to relieve some of the stress inherent in law school. It organizes the Ham and Beer Feed in the fall, Mardi Gras party in the Spring, and Bar Reviews every Friday night. Phi Delta Phi is open to all students.
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.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is a student group that is affiliated with the national organization, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and shares its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Mizzou SALDF does fundraising activities for local animal shelters, maintains up to date information on animal law issues up for discussion in the Missouri legislature, and helps with numerous animal related charities throughout the mid-Missouri area. Other activities may include a "cutest pet" photo contest for law students' furry friends, a calendar featuring the winners, and organizing the Dean Devine Dog Walk.
All enrolled students at the University of Missouri-Columbia 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, and Battle of the Gavel (the annual school softball tournament).
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.
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.