Concentrations & Certificates

The following concentrations and certificates are available only to JD students at Mizzou Law. The additional programs listed below under University Certificates are open to JD students, as well as non-JD students.

Dispute Resolution (Certificate)

Clients and society today need and expect much more than traditional advocacy from their lawyers. Modern lawyers need to be able to address legal problems in ways that accommodate a variety of needs, goals and values, in addition to vindicating legal rights. As a result, today’s lawyer must have the knowledge, skills and perspectives not only to advocate in the courtroom but to participate in such processes as client counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and creative problem-solving.

Tax Law (Concentration)

The Tax Law concentration is designed to provide each student in the concentration basic education in both general skills and subject-matter specific knowledge and provide each student with an opportunity to bring the entire skill set to bear in a capstone experience designed to teach integrated legal problem-solving. Completion of a concentration should improve the overall preparedness of graduates by conferring entry-level competence to begin practicing law with appropriate supervision in the concentration’s subject matter area or practice setting.

University Certificates

The following certificates are available to both JD and non-JD students.

Center for the Digital Globe (Certificate)

The Center for the Digital Globe (CDiG) is offers an interdepartmental certificate to professional students and non-degree graduate students of the University of Missouri-Columbia. The certificate program is designed to supplement the students’ graduate studies within the various colleges and schools. This is not a degree-granting program. The certificate program will create and make available to non-degree seeking graduate students a certificate demonstrating that each of the students has shown competencies in Technology, Global Communication, Business, Culture and Society. This certificate is designed to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the course work. The required course work will bring students together for an interdisciplinary introduction to this area while permitting them to work separately and within their respective disciplines for further exploration. Students will then come together for a concluding experience which involves working collectively through a case study.

Education Policy (Certificate)

The Education Policy Studies Graduate Certificate provides students with knowledge that they can apply to the study of education policy within their major discipline or their work in policy settings (e.g., government, non-profit agencies, foundations, PK12 school districts, universities); conceptual tools to use to understand and resolve policy process and implementation problems; and skills to analyze education policy issues, i.e., understanding differing values, political and economic arguments, costs/benefits, and policy processes.

Health Ethics (Certificate)

The Department of Health Management and Informatics in partnership with the MU Center for Health Ethics offers a Certificate in Health Ethics. The certificate is designed to develop an understanding of the ethical issues related to health and healthcare and foster skills in analyzing and resolving ethical problems and conflicts in the healthcare environment. While some of the courses are offered online, law students can only count courses taken in residency (i.e., regular class sessions) towards the 89 hours required for graduation.

Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Certificate)

A certificate in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri will broaden the training of graduate and professional students from the fields of business, engineering and medicine, among others. A collaborative program among MU’s Trulaske College of Business, College of Engineering and School of Medicine, the program will prepare participants for a wider range of employment opportunities and provide core skills for entrepreneurial endeavors. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the program will allow MU graduate and professional students to receive training to translate life science discoveries into products and services that will improve health. The program will require completion of three three-hour core curriculum courses designed to cover the life cycle of a translational science/business venture, as well as elective courses for a total of 12 hours of course credit. The three-course sequence will be augmented by elective courses that round out the educational needs of particular students.

Non-Profit Management (Certificate)

This program provides the administrative skills for ethical, effective leadership and management roles in the public service. Students who complete the certificate will be well-positioned to begin or advance a public service career, with many expecting to pursue management careers in state and local governments. For law students, only courses taken in residence (i.e., regular class sessions) will count towards the 89 hours required for graduation.

Organizational Change and Conflict Management (Certificate)

The courses in the certificate will focus on organizational analysis and change, as well as dispute resolution and conflict management.  Courses are drawn from both the Truman School of Public Affairs and the School of Law offerings. Students will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and competencies appropriate to the advanced study and diagnosis of evolving and emerging organizations and communities in the public, private, and nonprofit arena. They will find a curriculum supportive of careers in academics, management, and consulting.

Personal Financial Planning (Certificate)

The Personal Financial Planning Certificate is an 18 hour non-degree, post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare students to sit for the national CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam. Program applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree. Completing the Personal Financial Planning Certificate satisfies the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standard’s education requirement, which is one of four requirements leading to approval to use the CFP® designation. The other three requirements are passing the national exam, meeting an experience requirement and agreeing to adhere to the CFP® code of ethics. The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation is widely recognized as the premier professional designation in the personal financial management services industry.

Dispute Resolution for Non-Lawyers Graduate Certificate

For non-JD students, an online graduate certificate combines a graduate-level academic experience with the development of professional skills related to dispute resolution. This certificate complements the course work of those enrolled in graduate degree programs such as an MBA, MPA or MHA. JD students are not eligible for this certificate program.