School of Law Ambassador

Paul Schmanke, 1L

  • Hometown: Owensville, MO
  • Undergrad Institution: Mizzou
  • Major: Education-Social Studies
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Congratulations on considering a career in the law.  As a 1L (a.k.a. baby law student) I have recent recollections of the excitement and anxiety you are feeling at this very moment.  The decisions you are in the process of making are important ones, which will ripple out upon the rest of your life.  My immediate advice to you is two-fold:  Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you are probably right, and you will always get 100% of what you don’t ask for.

I am a non-traditional law school student at the University of Missouri with a curvy path of work experiences entailing commercial real estate, private business and public education.  I am an alumnus of Owensville High School (home of the Dutchmen), the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Education, and Missouri Baptist University with a Masters in School Administration.  It is evident education continues to play a pivotal role in shaping me into the person and professional I desire to become.  My wife Sarah and I are the blessed parents of two young boys, who fill our days with immense joy.  I bleed black and gold, am an avid fan of Cardinals baseball, can’t decide if I like Shakespeare’s (Columbia, MO) or Dewey’s (St. Louis, MO) pizza better, and wish I had more time to listen to the musical poetry of Jimmy Buffett.

My interest in the law grew from teaching American history and United States government for ten years in the public high school setting, my wife’s experiences as a practicing attorney, and my desire to create positive change in the education of American youth.  I currently envision a legal career in the field of education law, but have not closed the door on other opportunities which may present themselves during my time in Hulston Hall. 

As part of Missouri’s flagship higher education institution, the University of Missouri School of Law has everything necessary to develop a high quality attorney.  Small class sizes, affordable tuition, accessible staff, functional work environments, supportive student body, student-centered learning, and a top-notch career placement staff are just a few of the many reasons you should consider the University of Missouri when choosing your legal education destination. 

I wish you the best of luck and hope to make your acquaintance during the law school recruiting season.  Please contact me at the email above with any question you may have.