University of Missouri
Law School Pro Bono Programs
Jennifer Dierks, J.D.
Director of the Office of Professional and Career Development; Adjunct Professor
P: (816) 235-1669
Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by a Referral System with a Coordinator
Description of Programs
The Office of Professional and Career Development together with the Clinical Faculty for Field Placement work together to assist students in volunteering with public interest law organizations and local government entities. Each year there is a Public Interest/Government Information Fair which allows public interest law organizations, and government agencies the opportunity to share information about opportunities in their organizations. Volunteer opportunities - both law and non-law related -- are advertised by the Office of Career Services, the Law Clinic, faculty, and the Student Affairs Director.
Location of Programs
A coordinator for the Pro Bono Honors program works with students to find placements and helps track hours.
The program is funded through the law school's operating budget.
Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono
We offer a Pro Bono Honors Award to any student who complete 250 hours of pro bono work during their law school career. We also offer an Oliver Fellows Monetary award to the student with the highest number of pro bono hours who indicates a desire to continue in public service and who accepts a job in a public interest or government position.
Alternative Winter or Spring Break Projects
Law School Public Interest Programs
Assistant Director of the Professional and Career Development Center
P: (816) 235-2398
Public Interest Centers
PI Career Support Center
Career Services Office assists students in finding public interest jobs
Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)