The University of Missouri School of Law has a history of educating students to become outstanding lawyers, judges, public servants, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. It strives to be the school of choice for those seeking the finest legal education for a reasonable price. The Law School and its supporters are constantly seeking opportunities to address challenges facing the school, build up areas of excellence to position the school for the future, and maintain and build on its strengths. The school's long-term goal is to establish the school's national and international reputation as one of the premier state law schools, while continuing to train lawyers for practice in the state of Missouri.

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Kim Nyoni
Sr. Director of Advancement

Emily Moses
Advancement Officer

Scholarships to Recruit Outstanding Students

The University of Missouri wants the best and brightest students to study at its law school. In order to attract those students, it must increase number and size of the scholarship offerings. Historically, the School of Law received funding from state appropriations at a rate that allowed it keep student charges quite low, and scholarship offerings were not as important to recruiting as they are now and will be in the future.  State and federal appropriations no longer offer the University of Missouri that ability, and tuition is substantially higher than it was in the last century.  In order to continue to be a great affordable option for law students, the law school must have a large scholarship endowment available to offer tuition assistance to high achieving applicants.

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Centers of Excellence - Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship

American law schools are beginning to develop areas of emphasis to attract students, financial support, and employers for their graduates. For example, the University of Missouri School of Law is known for its Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. But it also has strengths that can be enhanced with additional funding to become centers of excellence that will improve its ability to attract the best students and faculty to Columbia. Certain current law school faculty members are nationally known for their expertise in intellectual property law, and others for their teaching skills in law relating to the formation and operation of business entities. The school is building on those strengths by creating a new Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship to enhance the study of intellectual property, entrepreneurial, and corporate law. Private funds raised to support centers of excellence in these areas could be used to establish professorships, increase the course offerings, and fund research and scholarship. Clinics, such as the new Entrepreneurship Clinic, can be established to give law students practical experience to increase their learning and make them more attractive to employers. This new Center will offer legal expertise to enhance the strength of the Mizzou Advantage interdisciplinary effort.

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Centers of Excellence – Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

The mission of the CSDR is to develop and promote 1) appropriate methods for understanding, managing and resolving domestic and international conflict; and 2) the use of dispute resolution techniques to enhance informed decision making. Since its inception, CSDR has provided national leadership in developing law school curricula in dispute resolution. It also provides many learning opportunities for upper level students.

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Centers of Excellence – Faculty Development

The MU Law Faculty is comprised of outstanding teachers and scholars with national and international reputations. Scholarship by the MU Law Faculty has been cited by all levels of the federal courts - including the United States Supreme Court - as well as by the legislatures and supreme courts of several states. The faculty ranks consistently high in studies measuring scholarly productivity and impact. More than ten casebooks by MU Law Faculty members are used in law schools throughout the United States. Further, the MU Law Faculty is committed to educating students and preparing them for the practice of law, and boasts a number of award-winning teachers. Finally, our faculty contribute to the profession in a number of ways: they serve as Commissioners of the National Conference on Uniform State Law, as officers of the Association of American Law Schools, as State Supreme Court Fellows, as Fulbright Scholars, and as members of the American Law Institute.

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