Known world-wide for its Center for Dispute Resolution, the MU Law curriculum combines both traditional law school classes with an appreciation of the many dispute resolution techniques in which lawyers engage and includes a Certificate Program in the rapidly developing area of Dispute Resolution.
Mizzou law students are required to complete 89 hours of law school classes in order to graduate. Following the prescribed first year, students are required to take Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Professional Responsibility. Several Clinical and Externship programs are available to upper level students, along with skills training in trial practice, negotiation, interviewing and counseling. The curriculum couples courses traditionally tested on the Bar examination so that the law school can continue its long tradition of success not only on the Missouri, but other state's bar examination, with cross disciplinary dual degree and certificate programs in several other areas. As a result, the law school's curriculum is appealing not only to those who want to engage in the traditional practice of law, but also to those who want to use their law degree as a stepping stone into other disciplines.