Juris Doctor

The Juris Doctor (J.D.), or "law degree," is a three-year post-baccalaureate program. Students must complete 89 credit hours of law courses, roughly one-half of which are required courses.

Upon favorable recommendation of the Faculty of Law, the degree of Juris Doctor will be conferred upon a student who:

  1. Has pursued in residence the full-time study of law for at least three academic years (or the equivalent), two of which must have been completed in this School. A full-time student is one who is registered for credit in 12 or more hours in a semester or six or more hours in a summer session. A student registered for less than 12 hours in a semester or less than six in two summer sessions, will receive proportional residence credit. The maximum number of residency credits obtainable in any one summer session shall be seven, provided that for purposes of accelerated graduation (in less than three academic years) no more than 12 residency credits may be obtained in summer sessions.
  2. Has received a passing grade in all required courses, except required courses which have been waived.
  3. Has received passing grades in law courses aggregating at least 89 credits and has a numerical grade point average of at least 77.5; and
  4. Has received an undergraduate degree before or concurrently with his or her graduation from law school.

[Note: The summer school residency provisions allow a student to combine two six-hour summer sessions or a seven-hour summer session with a five-hour summer session and obtain the equivalent of a full semester's residency credit.]

Faculty A. G. Alexander, R. de R. Barondes, C. Bassett, T.B. Bennett, F. O. Bowman III, C. N. Conklin, D. D. Crouch,  R. J. Diamond,  A. K. Drake, D. M. English, B. Filbert, R. W. Freyermuth, R. Gely, S. F. Halabi, C. Henson,  N. Jackson, K. K. Johnson, R. Kerns, P. H. Ladehoff, T. A. Lambert, I. Lee, J. H. Levin, L. B. Lidsky, E. F. Lietzan, P. J. Litton, S. D. Mitchell, G. Myers, C. D. Newman, R. C. Oliveri, R. C. Reuben, C.M. Scales-Ferguson, A. J. Schmitz, D. Seitz, C. Shearrer, B. L. Trachtenberg,  C. E. Wells
Adjunct Faculty ​R. Dyer, R. C. Geary, C. Hamm, K. Jackson-Williams, A. Pratzel, J. T. Woods
Affiliate Faculty C. Peters, R. Rotman
Professor Emeritus D. E. Abrams,  R. G. Bailey, M. M. Beck, M. A. Cecil, M. R. Daily, P. N. Davis, K. D. Dean, R. L. Dessem, M. J. Dragich, C. H. Esbeck, W. B. Fisch, D. A. Fischer, P. B. Fry, P. J. Harter, W. H. Henning, R. H. Jerry II, J. Lande, M. A. Middleton, A. S. Neely IV, G. S. Nelson, P. G. Peters, Jr., L. L. Riskin, R. J. Uphoff, J. E. Westbrook, D. A. Whitman

While MU does not offer undergraduate degrees specifically in Juris Doctor, the University does offer baccalaureate opportunities in a number of related areas in the other Schools and Colleges that make up the University.  The catalog provides a complete list of these degree options.

While MU does not offer graduate degrees specifically in Juris Doctor, the University does offer graduate opportunities in a number of related areas in the other Schools and Colleges that make up the University.  The catalog provides a complete list of these degree options.

The School of Law recognizes the importance of providing students with opportunities to apply the knowledge they receive in the classroom in “real-life” situations.  Over their course of study, students have the opportunity to enroll in clinical programs or practicums in a variety of different areas: criminal prosecution, family violence, mediation, the state legislature, landlord/tenant law, entrepreneurship, veterans' disability law, and the wrongly convicted.  Additional details are available from the School of Law at https://law.missouri.edu/academics/clinics/.

In addition to these clinical opportunities, students can participate in our extensive externship program.  In this program, students work under the supervision of a lawyer or judge in a public law office, government agency or not for profit organization or for an attorney in private practice engaged in pro bono work.  Additional details are available from the School of Law at https://law.missouri.edu/externship-program/.