Public Service Programs

Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship


The Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship promotes faculty symposia and scholarship in all areas involving law and innovation and develops curricular and extracurricular programming to prepare law students to participate in entrepreneurial and innovation communities.

The center also supports the law school’s Office of Career Development in identifying externships, summer positions and full-time jobs within the center’s focus area, and collaborates with campus and community members to generate resources that will increase and promote innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the reason. The center’s focus resides not just on intellectual property, business and finance, but on the intersection of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) issues.

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

The mission of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is to advance the understanding of the nature and causes of, as well as the methods available for managing and resolving conflict.

The CSDR fosters comprehensive approaches to lawyering, and decision-making through the use of the full array of dispute resolution processes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Peace Corps

At Mizzou Law, we recognize your commitment to service and the role service plays in making you a better global citizen and better attorney. There are many roles attorneys play in our nation and world; we hope you consider continuing your service in the legal field.

We know that the skills you learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer are the same kind of skills that will make you an outstanding advocate, attorney and member of our community. We want your unique perspective in our community.

For those reasons, Mizzou Law is one of the few ABA Accredited law schools that participate in the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Programs. Our fellows use their skills to benefit Mizzou as well as the Columbia community. They participate in service-learning projects, volunteer initiatives and participate in many events held in conjunction with the Central Missouri RPCV group. Our RPCV, Fellows and law school communities are active and engaged.

At Mizzou Law, we pair your world knowledge and experience with our practical legal opportunities, our well-rounded team of professors and intimate classroom settings to create a truly unique legal education. We will arm you with the tools you need to succeed as an attorney.

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program at Mizzou provides three years of support including a stipend, tuition waiver up to the graduate course price and full insurance coverage. Additionally, the law school provides a scholarship of at least $5,100. The program requires a separate application to the law school as well as to the Peace Corps Fellows Program. Both deadlines are generally in January.

We know that the application process can be difficult, especially for volunteers still serving abroad so please do not hesitate to let us know if we can make the process easier for you! If you would like information mailed directly to you please click on the link below and fill in your information. If it’s easier to receive an e-packet, please let us know of that as well!

For more information on our RPCV community: http://www.morpcv.org/

For more information on the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program: http://peacecorpsfellows.missouri.edu/index.php

Judge Lawrence G. Crahan Judicial Fellowship

Pictured (left to right) Dean Lyrissa Lidsky, current Crahan Fellow 2L Lauren Vincent, Judge Philip M. Hess, ’83, Linda S. Legg and Judge Glenn A. Norton, ’85.

Each year, one or more first-year law students from the School of Law are awarded the Judge Lawrence G. Crahan Judicial Fellowship, to serve for eight weeks as a judicial clerk for one or more judges. The awardees have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and an interest in a judicial clerkship upon graduation. The fellowship is named in honor of Lawrence G. Crahan, ’77, who was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, serving as a chief judge in 1997 and 1998. He was a judge on this court at the time of his death in 2005. Crahan’s widow, attorney Linda S. Legg, oversees the program each year, getting to know the Crahan Fellows personally to tell them the story of the man for whom the award is named, and to make sure that the fellowship is serving its purpose.

Shook Hardy & Bacon Foundation Summer Judicial Intern

Each year, a University of Missouri law student from a demographic group underrepresented in the legal profession is selected to be a judicial intern during their first-year summer with one of the judges on the Missouri Supreme Court. Through this experience, the selected student is able to view the workings of the court from behind the scenes and develop meaningful relationships with judges and court staff. Student interns also gain an understanding of the processes utilized by the judges to reach unbiased and fair decisions and solve legal conundrums. It is the goal of this program that the students grow more comfortable in a courtroom setting, develop their legal research and writing skills, and gain confidence in law school and as they move into their own practice.

Students are selected by a competitive application process. Through the generosity of the Shook Hardy & Bacon Foundation, the selected student receives a stipend of $5,000.

ACC-St. Louis Diversity Summer Internship Program

The ACC-St. Louis Diversity Summer Internship Program is designed to provide first-year law students with exposure to and experience in an in-house practice. It is also designed to be a “diversity pipeline,” opening up opportunities for law students that may lack access to or knowledge of an in-house legal practice, including students from demographic groups who are under-represented in the legal profession and students whose family backgrounds lack in professional careers, college degrees or exposure to the law. Interns are matched with a member corporation, where they will work during the summer. The program is designed to expose interns to the various areas of legal advocacy and general corporate practice that in-house counsel handle, as well as the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.

The program accepts applications from law students at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis University and Washington University, with the goal of selecting two students from each school. Students selected for the program are paid a total of $6,000 for ten weeks of work.