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Mizzou Law course descriptions are only updated once a year on the University Registrar’s website. Please note, some courses may change before the next course catalog update. The new descriptions will be listed below.

Spring 2021: Law and Religion – Prof. Frank Bowman

This course utilizes works of literature from Western and Near Eastern religious and legal cultures as catalysts to facilitate a conversation about the intersections of law and human conceptions of the divine. Among the topics considered will be: (1) The nature of divinity and human perceptions of divine intervention in human affairs, particularly in the myths and literature of ancient Greece and Rome; (2) God as lawgiver and God’s law as a code for everyday life, particularly in Talmudic Judaism; (3) reflections on how the New Testament’s presentation of a God bringing historical time to an imminent close meshes with the imperative of human social ordering; (4) the rise of the Church as a religious lawmaking and law-enforcing institution, particularly in the European Middle Ages; (5) the life of Sir/St. Thomas More as a window into the changes in the relation of church to law by the Protestant Reformation (6) John Brown and the problem of American slavery; and (6) the fundamental question of whether human law has any moral basis unless grounded in divine command – can there be law without God?

The course will be taught remotely. The primary mode of instruction will be class discussion of a series of readings. There will be a substantial amount of reading, although it will be of a much different kind than other law school classes – myths, plays, passages of scripture, articles, several novels. The course will be graded based on class participation and a final research paper on a professor-approved topic of the student’s own choosing.

Law 5585: Federal Courts
This course considers the structure and powers of the federal courts and their relationship to the political branches and to state courts.  Topics covered may include justiciability, congressional authority to define and limit federal court jurisdiction, federal common law and implied rights of action, the application of state law in federal court, abstention, civil rights actions and immunities of state officials and governments, and habeas corpus.  The course focuses on structural constitutional considerations relating to separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government as well as the federalism relationship between the federal government and state governments. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: Constitutional Law.

Summer 2020 Course Descriptions (PDF – 4.24.2020)

Curriculum Pathways

At Mizzou Law, you can customize your law school experience by selecting a curriculum “pathway” that focuses on an area of law that interests you personally. Doing so can provide you with deeper knowledge of the area and a broader set of relevant skills, as well as relationships with faculty knowledgeable in the field, who may serve as mentors along the way.

The faculty of Mizzou Law has created sixteen pathways for your consideration. Choosing a pathway is not mandatory (and will not be reflected in your transcript). But these pathways are here to help you shape your law school experience.

No pathway is set in stone, of course. Your interests may evolve while you’re in law school, or even later. The pathways we have designed can help you explore different areas, and you may decide to combine courses from different pathways to create your own path to practice.

We offer these pathways:

In some cases, it may be possible to earn a joint degree.

For each pathway, the faculty have listed both foundational courses and recommended courses. The recommended courses may include clinics, practicums, study abroad programs, or participation in one of the school’s specialized law journals. While the Law School may not offer every course every year, you can consult the registrar to determine how often each course is offered. And if a course of interest is not offered when you need it, you may be able to arrange an independent study with a faculty member.

Feel free to reach out to any professor – especially the ones listed for each pathway – to discuss your course selections and career options.