Missouri State students who want to pursue a legal career now have a leg up on their degree after an agreement between the school and the state’s two public law schools.
The agreement between MSU and the law schools at the University of Missouri – Columbia and University of Missouri – Kansas City means a qualified Missouri State student can finish their bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree in six years, rather than the normal seven years.
“At a time when schools across the country are competing for students and dollars, it is gratifying that our three schools can work together for the benefit of our students and the citizens of Missouri,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said in a statement.
Missouri State students qualify by being a political science major with a minor in public law. Students will spend three years working for a bachelor’s degree at Missouri State and then move to one of the two law schools. Law school credits will transfer to MSU to complete the bachelor’s degree.
“Our goal is to help students find the school and program that best matches their interests and talents,” MSU political science Department Head George Connor said in a statement. “These agreements are a unique option in an increasingly competitive segment of higher education. Missouri State is trying to expand affordable options for students.”