The University of Missouri School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.
The American Bar Association requires all accredited law schools to provide specific information to prospective students as they research law schools. All required disclosures for the University of Missouri School of Law are located here, pursuant to ABA Standard 509.
Standard 301(a): A law school shall maintain a rigorous program of legal education that prepares its students, upon graduation, for admission to the bar and for effective, ethical, and responsible participation as members of the legal profession.
Standard 301(b): A law school shall establish and publish learning outcomes designed to achieve these objectives.
Standard 310(a): A law school shall adopt, publish, and adhere to written policies and procedures for determining the credit hours that it awards for coursework.
Standard 509(a): All information that a law school reports, publicizes or distributes shall be complete, accurate and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant. Schools shall use due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information. Violations of these obligations may result in sanctions under Rule 16 of the Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law School.
Standard 509(b): A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in the form and manner and for the time frame designated by the Council, the following information:
- Admissions data;
- Tuition and fees, living costs, and financial aid;
- Scholarship information;
- Conditional Scholarships;
- Enrollment data, including academic, transfer, and other attrition;
- Numbers of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators;
- Class sizes for first year and upper class courses; number of seminar, clinical and co-curricular offerings;
- Employment outcomes;
- Bar passage data;
Standard 509(c): A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in a readable and comprehensive manner, the following information on a current basis:
- Refund policies
- Curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements; and
- Policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education. The law school’s transfer of credit policies must include, at a minimum:
- A statement of the criteria established by the law school regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution; and
- A list of institutions, if any, with which the law school has an established articulation agreement.
Standard 509(d): A law school shall distribute the data required under Standard 509(b)(3) to all applicants being offered conditional scholarship at the time the scholarship offer is extended.
Conditional scholarships are offered to those students whose previous academic performance would suggest placement in the top 50% of the class. If you receive a conditional scholarship, retention is based upon you maintaining standing in the top 50 % of the class.
These scholarships are reviewed at the end of each academic year by the Mizzou Law Scholarship Committee. If a student falls below the top 50% of the class, they are granted the opportunity to petition the scholarship committee to explain any extenuating circumstances or issues that may have affected their performance. The Scholarship Committee takes these petitions under advisement and makes one of the three following decisions: maintenance, reduction, or revocation of the scholarship award.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, Mizzou Law awarded 47 conditional scholarships to entering students. Of that group, 3 were reduced, and 6 were revoked. In the 2017-2018 academic year, Mizzou Law awarded 42 conditional scholarships to entering students. Of that group, 3 were reduced, and 7 were revoked. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Mizzou Law awarded 59 conditional scholarships to entering students. Of that group, 0 were reduced, and 12 were revoked.
For additional historical data on Mizzou Law conditional scholarships, you may refer to the scholarship website at : https://law.missouri.edu/2019aba/.
Standard 509(e): If a law school elects to make a public disclosure of its status as a law school approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, it shall do so accurately and shall include the name and contact information of the Council.
Archived ABA Reports
Accreditation and Students Complaints Implicating Compliance with the ABA Standards
The School of Law is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. Information on the AALS may be found at their web page http://www.aals.org/.
The School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Questions regarding ABA accreditation may be directed to the Office of the Consultant on Legal Education, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654-7597, (312) 988-6738.
Student complaints implicating compliance with the standards imposed by the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Administration to the Bar shall be filed in writing with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, or if the complaint involves the person serving in that capacity, with the Dean of the Law School. The complaint shall include the date in which the complaint is being filed; the name and address of the complainant; and a description of the complaint. The description of the complaint shall include a description of the accreditation standard which the law school’s action or inaction implicates. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (or the Dean of the Law School) will investigate the complaint and respond to the complainant in writing within 30 calendar days from receiving the complaint. The response will indicate whether the Law School has taken any corrective action, or if not, the reasons for not taking any action.
The complainant shall have the right to appeal this initial decision by filing an appeal with the Faculty Policy Committee. The appeal shall be filed in writing within 14 calendar days from the date in which the initial decision was issued. The appeal shall include the date in which the appeal is filed; the name and address of the complainant; a copy of the original complaint; a copy of the initial decision; and an explanation of the basis of the appeal. The Faculty Policy Committee will review the documents presented, and issue a decision in writing within 30 calendar days from receiving the appeal. The Faculty Policy Committee can sustain or reverse the initial decision. In cases where the initial decision is reversed, the Faculty Policy Committee will direct the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on what corrective actions to take. The decision of the Faculty Policy Committee shall be considered final and subject to no further review. All complaints that are filed and the resolutions of said complaints will be kept in an active file with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs until the next reaccreditation period has been completed. After the reaccreditation period has been completed, all complaints filed and their resolutions will be archived and maintained in an electronic file for future review.