The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
MU Law offers an affordable, accessible legal education. Affordability is coupled with excellence in legal education. Our faculty recognized for scholarly work and teaching excellence. Faculty members are regarded as experts in their fields and are regularly quoted in the national media in outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal. The nation’s leading patent law blog is authored by an MU Law professor who recently testified before Congress on patent law reform.
Students are provided with a challenging and practical education. Our trial practice program gives students a hands-on experience, including the option of a January course with outstanding judges and lawyers and an advanced trial practice course taught by one of the leading trial practice attorneys in Missouri. MU Law students have the opportunity to further hone their skills in one of our five clinical programs, including one of the few criminal prosecution programs in the country.
The MU Law alumni network stretches far and wide, both geographically and in areas of practice. It includes alumni practicing in every county in Missouri, in 48 states and in 21 countries around the world. You will find our alumni in all areas of practice: public service, government, business, academia, dispute resolution and at law firms of all sizes. They serve as the current governor and attorney general of Missouri, members of the U.S. House and Senate and the Missouri General Assembly, and as partners at some of the nation’s best law firms. An MU Law alum currently serves as the president of Rotary International, which has 1.2 million members worldwide. MU Law alumni are leaders of The Missouri Bar - six of the last 15 presidents of the bar are our graduates.
Our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is nationally recognized, with leading scholars from around the country serving as fellows. MU Law was recently granted “Recognised Course Provider” status by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for four courses in the JD program, including three arbitration courses.
Our Career Development staff has increased in the last year to offer students more personalized attention as they examine career options and a wider array of career-related programs. One of the new positions is focused exclusively on public service and includes administration of a no-interest loan program for students who wish to pursue public interest work.
MU Law graduates pass the Missouri bar at consistently high rates. In 2011 the pass rate (for first-time takers) was an impressive 97.4%-- the highest of Missouri's four law schools.