Missouri Law School

General Info

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Before the Civil War, most Missouri lawyers qualified for admission to the bar through the usual means available in the 19th Century: self-study, apprenticeship or instruction given by a lawyer in his office. In 1872 the Curators of the University of Missouri established the University of Missouri Law Department, making it one of the oldest law schools in the country.

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Missouri Law School Admissions

Missouri Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 59% of its applicants. Comparatively, Missouri is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 560 329 (58.75%) 106 (18.9%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.08 3.41 3.72
LSAT 154 157 159

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $20,771 $38,400
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $17,836
  • Living off-campus: $17,836
  • Living at home: $17,836

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 03/15
  • Application Fee: $60

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Missouri Law School Community

Missouri Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Missouri is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 29
  • Part Time: 17


  • # Female Faculty: 18
  • # Minority Faculty: 4


11.6 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Missouri Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Missouri Law School 1L section size is 36% smaller than law schools in Missouri and 15% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Missouri Law School: 115
Missouri Average: 156
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 397
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 78

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 93
  • Law Journals: 112
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 12.0%
  • Second Year: 0.9%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Missouri Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Missouri Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 89% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 78.8%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 44.0%
  • Business: 21.0%
  • Government: 19.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Missouri: 80%
  • Illinois: 4%
  • Texas: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 78.8%
  • First Time Takers: 137
  • Average School: 91.7%
  • Average State: 87.6%
  • Pass Difference: 4.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Missouri: 87.6%
  • Passed: 99 of 108 (91.7%)
  • State Average: 87.6%
  • Difference: 4.1%