Overview

Applicants
556
Acceptance Rate
54%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.44
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
92

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
153 - 159

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$60

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
50

36
Female
8
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The University of Missouri School of Law, “provides a high-quality legal education at an affordable price.” Its small size, collegial atmosphere and “absolutely outstanding” faculty make Mizzou a “place where you can find all the challenge you want in a law school, without unnecessary stress on top of it.” In the words of one student, “If you want to practice in the state of Missouri, there’s no better place. Our law school consistently produces the future leaders of Missouri.”
Students offer nothing but the utmost praise for their faculty. “The professors are intelligent yet not intimidating; they really care about the students.” They “are leading scholars in their field yet available outside the classroom.” “Although the Socratic Method is used throughout the first year, and often in other classes, it is used effectively, to help teach students to think like lawyers, but not to embarrass them.” Of particular note, one student expresses pleasure in discovering that “classes integrate well with each other, in that professors seem aware of the other classes students are taking, and they draw connections between various fields of the law, thus helping students see how the law comes together.” In the words of one particularly enthusiastic student, “The university is the reason I chose MU School of Law, but the faculty is why I would recommend it to any future students. Go Tigers!”
Similar feelings resonate over the administration. One student shares, “The dean of the law school teaches one of my classes. That’s probably one of the coolest things about the law school—everyone is so attainable. The administration knows me, and probably every other student in the school, and they genuinely do have our best interests in sight.” An older student returning to school after having a family, remarks, “The administration and professors are willing to work with students when those pesky issues of life come along and interfere with the school schedule.” Another fan declares, “Law school is hard, MU made it easier.”
Academically, students are challenged “within the comfort of a community.” Students appreciate “the rigor and intensity of the curriculum” and especially call attention to Mizzou’s noteworthy program in alternative dispute resolution. However, of greatest frustration to students are course offerings that conflict with scheduling. One student explains, “Although the course catalog offers a nice variety, students sometimes will have only one opportunity to take a particular class during their student careers, since some 2L/3L classes are offered only every other year.” Unfortunately, the wait for in-demand classes can range from a semester to a year, depending on availability.
Career services receive mixed reviews. One student feels that “Career Services does an excellent job with the top 25 percent of the class, but the other three-fourths [of students]could use more attention, in my opinion.” Another agrees, remarking that “the career development services are probably the most deserving of attention.” Specifically, some feel that “the Career Office could do a better job attracting employers from more geographical areas.” Fortunately, it appears that Career Services is addressing some of these issues; as one student reports, due to recent changes, “Career Services has done a much better job at providing job and internship opportunities for the students.”
While instructional technology is current, the facilities have some shortcomings. “The classrooms do not have electrical outlets, which makes it difficult to take notes on a computer when you have class for four hours straight.” As a result, “students are commonly seen lugging around extension cords” with them on campus. Additionally, students feel that “physical facilities are starting to show their age and need to be remodeled.”

Career overview

Median Starting Salary
$55,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
91%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
54%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
50

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Missouri law firms of all sizes; state (Missouri) and federal governmental agencies; prosecutors' offices; public defenders' offices; public interest organizations; accounting firms; insurance companies; corporations; federal & state judges, both inside and outside the State of Missouri.

Graduates Employed by Area

44%
Private Practice
17%
Government
12%
Business/Industry
12%
Judicial Clerkships
5%
Public Interes
2%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

73%
MidWest
7%
South
3%
Pacific
2%
International
2%
Mountain
2%
South West
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Prominent Alumni

Claire McCaskill
US Senator

Jay Nixon
Governor of Missouri

John R. Gibson
US Ct of Appeals-8th Cir

Ted Kulongowski
Former Governor of Oregon

Ike Skelton
Former US Congressman

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$20,516
Out-Of-State Tuition
$39,026
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$11,608
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$11,608
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,694
Fees
$1,321

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
336

Average Age at Entry
25

Demographics

96% are full time
4% are part time

Campus Life

Students Say

“Mizzou is a great place for law school, the vast majority of people get along well with everyone else, and we all socialize together as well.” “As [for] social life—you can get exactly what you want out of it. If you want to be involved, you got it. If you want to be a hermit and just come in for class,” go ahead. “It is an environment that allows people to be flexible with their time, but it is also demanding in a sense that it has the proper time constraints to get people motivated.” “Furthermore, Columbia is a great city, and the law school is right in the heart of campus with easy access to the recreation center as well as all of the amenities of downtown.”
The degree of competition varies depending on who you ask. One student notes, “The thing I like best about this school is that very few individuals are worried about hiding books from each other in the library in order to get that cutthroat best grade.” Another explains, “Students are friendly, but not shy about competition. We are here to learn how to be good lawyers, not to tear each other up.” “MU is not a lovefest though; people are here because they want to succeed.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
95%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Michelle Heck
Director of Law School Admissions

Address
103 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone
573-882-6042

Email
mulawadmissions@missouri.edu


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