Mississippi College School of Law
School of Law
|Motto||Motion to succeed|
|Parent school||Mississippi College|
|Parent endowment||$44 million |
|Location||Jackson, Mississippi, US
|Faculty||25 (FT & Deans, etc)/10 (PT)|
|Bar pass rate||83% (July 2012)|
|ABA profile||Mississippi College School of Law|
Mississippi College School of Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school and is the only law school in Jackson, Mississippi. The school is a professional school of Mississippi College, founded in 1826. It is also colloquially referred to as MC Law, or MC Law School.
The law school was founded in 1930 as the Jackson School of Law. In 1975, the law school was acquired by Mississippi College. In 1980, subsequent to the merger between Mississippi College and the law school, MC Law gained full ABA accreditation. MC Law is one of two law schools in the state of Mississippi, and the only law school in the capital, Jackson. MC Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
The Mississippi College School of Law is located in the heart of the historic sector of downtown Jackson, within walking distance of City Hall, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Federal District Courts, the Governor’s Mansion, and a number of government and private law firm offices.
In December 2005, MC Law completed a massive construction and renovation project, which more than doubled the size of the original campus. A new classroom building was added along with an auditorium building. The Law Library occupies three floors in the Law School’s West Wing, and contains one of the largest Mississippi collections of legal books, journals and microforms including statutes, court reports, digests, encyclopedias, treatises, loose-leaf services, periodicals and government documents. Beginning in 2013, the Law Library is also the repository of the Mississippi Legislature’s video archive footage. The main campus for Mississippi College is located about 30 miles to the west in Clinton, Mississippi.
The 2011 entering class had an enrollment of 214, with an LSAT mean of 149 and a mean GPA of 3.19. The average age at enrollment is 26, though the age range was 20-57. 100 colleges and universities are represented, along with 26 states, and 41 majors.
In addition to offering courses in common law, Mississippi College School of Law also offers a certificate in Louisiana Civil Law, which prepares the recipient for practice in the state of Louisiana by offering courses such as Successions and Donations, Obligations, Louisiana Civil Procedure, and Civil Law Property. MC Law is one of the only law schools to offer Civil Law training in addition to its Common Law curriculum.
MC Law has more than 25 full-time faculty members that offer expertise in all major disciplines of law, with more than 20% of the faculty holding a PhD or equivalent degree, and more than 50% of the faculty with an LLM or Masters in a specialized field. The Law School provides one of the only national certificate programs for Civil Law training, and hosts six centers, the Mississippi College Law Review, and one of the leading Moot Court programs in the nation. The Law School also offers a robust externship program with more than 50 students at any one time placed in externships, and more than 85% of MC Law students completing an externship or working part-time in the legal field prior to graduation. In addition, since 2010, the Law School offers a one year LL.M. degree in U.S. legal studies for students holding law degrees from foreign law programs. In 2012, MC Law students posted the highest bar passage statistics in the state of Mississippi, with a higher than 83% first time passage rate.
In addition, each summer, MC Law offers students study abroad programs in France, Germany, Mexico, and South Korea.
2012 entering class
- Enrollment : 153
- High LSAT : 163
- 75% LSAT: 153
- Median LSAT : 149
- GPA Media : 3.27
- Average Age : 26
- Age Range : 21-52
- Women : 49%
- Minorities : 24%
- Out of State students : 38%
- Majors Represented : 41
- Robert Hurt ’95 - United States House of Representatives for Virginia’s 5th District 2012–Present
- Amy Tuck ’89 - Lieutenant Governor, Mississippi