Student Opportunities and Services

Phi Alpha Delta

As the only pre-law organization on campus, Phi Alpha Delta strives to give pre-law students at MSU the help and guidance they need to reach their individual law school goals. Our chapter goal is to help students make informed decisions concerning law school and the application process.

Legislative internship program

Missouri State's legislative internship program provides participating students the opportunity to serve 40+ challenging hours per week, off-campus, for the spring semester of each year on the staff of a state legislator at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.

Internships and part-time employment

The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association maintains a list of law firms that are seeking part-time student workers. Missouri State’s pre-law advisors keep updated on firms that are seeking assistance and make that information available to students.

Pre-law students have had internships with the Springfield City Attorney's office and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. Many of the Jefferson City legislative interns, regardless of major, are pre-law students.

Applying to law school

Given your undergraduate GPA and your LSAT score, which law schools are you most likely to be a successful applicant?

One very important thing to consider is the number of law schools to which you should apply. Of course, there will be the one or two “Dream Schools,” but to be practical it is important to consider several possible law schools. On average, students in the United States apply to more than five different law schools.

This means that it is important to know where to find the most likely schools you really want to attend, schools where you will be successful, and schools that should be a sure thing. Fortunately most of this work has already been done. The Boston College Online Law School Locator lists law schools in the United States by GPA and LSAT scores of successful candidates. This is a great place to start your search.

Law School Admission Council

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation that provides products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. LSAC administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Law School Credential Assembly Service.