Columbia is a great place to attend law school. With the culture and amenities of a big city and the affordability and warm population of a midsize town, Columbia is at once exciting and welcoming. There is always something to do for students seeking a break in their studies.
Columbia’s downtown, known as The District, offers more than 100 shops, dozens of nationally-recognized restaurants, a growing art scene and numerous music venues. Not only does Columbia have large grocery stores emphasizing organic and local foods, the farmers’ markets are a great place to spend a sunny weekend. Columbia always has some of the best cultural events in the Midwest. During the winter, Columbia is home of the premiere True/False Film Festival. In the fall, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival combines great music and mouthwatering food. No matter the interest, Columbia is engaging, entertaining and exciting.
With affordable housing options, including many apartment complexes exclusive to graduate students, Columbia helps lower the overall cost of attending law school. With great public transportation - including city transit, campus buses and apartment shuttles - getting around is simple and inexpensive. The low cost of housing, utilities and transportation, combined with Columbia’s ease of traffic and parking and its community safety, help keep students’ lives focused on attending law school. And rather than breaking the bank, going out with friends in Columbia means you can enjoy yourself!
For outdoor lovers, Columbia is filled with parks and trails. Near campus is an entrance to the MKT Nature Trail and Fitness Trail, which winds through Columbia for eight beautiful miles and connects to the 227-mile long Katy Trail. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park provides trails for biking and hiking and caves meant for exploring. And our campus trail is open night and day for running, biking and hiking.
Students can also experience the natural beauty the Missouri River on a canoe or kayak adventure. In Columbia, the vibrant city is always near and the great outdoors is always calling.
Living in Columbia means that students are just a few minutes away from the state capital and centered between the larger metropolitan areas of Kansas City and St. Louis. This gives Mizzou Law students opportunities at every level of public and private practice. Students regularly visit and hold competitions at the Supreme Court of Missouri and the state capitol.
With the law school’s focus on practical skills, Columbia’s location makes it the perfect spot for student externships and clinic opportunities. Our students work with the Missouri General Assembly, Mizzou Athletics compliance office, the Missouri School Board Association, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and Mid-Missouri Legal Services, to name a few.
There are many opportunities for relaxation and sightseeing when Mizzou Law students are ready for a break from their studies. Just a day trip away are water sports at a 55,000-acre lake, blufftop views at wineries throughout the state and historic sites, including the National Churchill Museum, Civil War battlegrounds and the boyhood home of Mark Twain.
Being on the University of Missouri campus, a designated botanic garden, offers the ability to take part in many facilities and programs. Students love that the law school is centrally located, near both the sprawling MU Student Center and the MizzouRec—recognized widely as one of the best student recreation facilities in the country. Being a Tiger means being part of a larger community.
M-I-Z! Z-O-U! Routing for the Tigers is always a great way to relax with friends and watch nationally-recognized teams and athletes. All athletic facilities are located on the university’s 1,262-acre main campus, within walking or biking distance of Hulston Hall. Law students enjoy tailgating in the East Courtyard of the law building before joining 71,000 other Tiger fans at Faurot Field or sitting with other students, clad in black and gold, and Truman the Tiger at the men’s and women’s basketball games held in Mizzou Arena.