If you share the skepticism of the Show Me State's natives, you'll want to take a closer look at your options before choosing a Missouri law school. Although there are only four American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools in the state, the options are all very high quality and offer different opportunities.
Some of Missouri's law schools have a reputation for a particular area of practice and may allow you to advance specific skills. The price of your legal education can also differ significantly, depending on your choice of school. Fortunately, there are law schools in both Kansas City and St. Louis, so whichever style of barbecue you prefer you'll still be able to pursue your law degree.
The following article provides an overview of your Missouri law school options, highlighting some aspects of each school to help guide your research.
Missouri Law Schools
Washington University School of Law - Wash U Law is located in St. Louis. It has been very highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranks the school's trial advocacy and clinical programs among the top 10 in the nation. Wash U's moot court program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. All of this suggests that Wash U Law would be the appropriate school to attend for someone interested in litigation. It should be noted, however, that the school's tuition is higher than the state's other options.
University of Missouri School of Law - Mizzou Law has a solid reputation nationally and is particularly distinguished in the field of alternative dispute resolution. A research center, mediation clinic, Journal of Dispute Resolution, and LL.M in Dispute Resolution provide plenty of opportunities for those interested in pursuing this rapidly growing area of practice. Mizzou Law is located in Columbia, a mid-sized college town. Attendance is more affordable than Wash U or SLU.
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law - UMKC is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It describes itself as an urban public law school with a small liberal arts feel. UKMC is proud of its prestigious alumni including a Supreme Court Justice and a President. The school offers the cheapest option in the state. The school's low tuition and high post-bar employment rate makes it a great value, particularly for state residents.
Saint Louis University School of Law - SLU has a highly ranked health law program and has a journal, externship program, and center devoted to health law studies. The school's location in downtown St. Louis may be attractive to those interested in studying close by the courts and businesses that may later employ them. Although marginally more affordable than Wash U, SLU is among the more expensive law schools in Missouri.
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