School of Law Ambassador

Wes Dagestad, 2L

  • Hometown: Chesterfield, MO
  • Undergrad Institution: Arkansas State University
  • Major: Finance
  • Email: wkdcm7@mail.missouri.edu

Hey everyone, my name is Wes Dagestad and I am in the second year of my law school career. I am not too far removed from the current stressful situation you all are in, so hopefully I can be of some assistance in helping you make the right decision.

I spent my undergrad experience playing Division I college baseball at Arkansas State University. This experience, paired with attaining a BA in Finance, equipped me with a solid work ethic to pursue a legal career. During my time at ASU, I was always busy with practice, school, baseball, and more baseball.

Upon graduation I was extremely nervous as to what law school would be the perfect fit, and was even more stressed about entering into a new unknown chapter of my life/career. As I applied and contacted various prospective schools the stress began to build. However, right away I noticed how friendly and genuinely concerned the admissions department at Mizzou Law was compared to others I had communicated with.

As a current student, I can tell you that this type of family oriented treatment doesn’t end after your foot is in the door. The faculty as well as the student body are extremely close-knit, despite being located on a large campus. This type of relationship was important to me in my decision because I didn’t want to just be ‘another face in the crowd.’

I truly believe that the relationships you form with colleagues and professors will go far beyond just the academic career. The bonds created in law school will be lifelong assets in any type of legal career, and the Mizzou Law environment is a great place to start building your portfolio.