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Mississippi College School of Law

MC Law takes a whole person approach to recruiting and admissions. Your LSAT score is definitely a criterion, but our student selection process doesn't stop there. MC Law is interested in students who demonstrate not only the intellect needed to succeed in law school, but the character, leadership skills, and drive required to succeed in life. MC Law content-prospective-students.jpgis looking for well-rounded people of promise. That attitude is reflected in the law school's application process, which considers not only your LSAT score and your GPA, but also your life experiences and the potential you bring to the law school and the legal field.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 543
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 146 - 152
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.07 - 3.55
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.9%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.0%
Tuition $29,450

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About Mississippi College School of Law

MC Law takes a whole person approach to recruiting and admissions. Your LSAT score is definitely a criterion, but our student selection process doesn't stop there. MC Law is interested in students who demonstrate not only the intellect needed to succeed in law school, but the character, leadership skills, and drive required to succeed in life. MC Law content-prospective-students.jpgis looking for well-rounded people of promise. That attitude is reflected in the law school's application process, which considers not only your LSAT score and your GPA, but also your life experiences and the potential you bring to the law school and the legal field.

Reviews

At Mississippi College, a “positive learning environment” and friendly staff offset the inevitable challenges of a legal education. Rather than promoting cutthroat competition or scary Socratic questioning, “The faculty and staff at MC Law are a unique bunch filled with kindness and enthusiasm.” Students praise their school’s moderate size, saying it allows for a more rewarding academic experience. While one may have a few large lec­ture courses, many “smaller classrooms allow for more collaboration because students sit around round tables.” Plus, the academic intimacy really pays off at MC, where students can find “M.S. state Supreme Court justices teaching seminars, Federal District Court judges leading lectures, and practicing attorneys from the city of Jackson and surround­ing areas leading our legal writing program.” Despite their all-star credentials, “The professors make a wonderful effort to ensure that you understand the concepts, whether you ask in class or out of class.” That extra help can really pay off, as “the low GPA curve creates a more competitive environment than most people like to admit.” There is a “very strong emphasis on writing” throughout the MC curriculum, as well as an “exceptional legal research staff” in the library. For those with a specific legal inter­est, the school also offers several special centers, like the Bioethics and Health Law Center and the Public Service Law Center, which operate both academic and extracur­ricular programs, as well as the opportunity to earn special certificates at graduation. Nonetheless, a handful of students worry that “some of the professors are too theoreti­cal” in their approach to the coursework, while others say, “The school should require more research classes.” Fortunately, Mississippi College augments traditional classroom instruction with numerous hands-on learning tools, which “allow everyone an opportu­nity to see how law is practiced in a variety of fields while taking classroom courses.” For example, “the training provided by the Moot Court program provides law students with the practical skills needed to make the transition into effective young attorneys.” In addi­tion to moot court, students are eager to point out that “there are other exceptional pro­grams here such as the Adoption Clinic, the Externship Program, and the Pro Bono Certificate program that are rarely discussed.” However, one area in which the school could improve its real-world credentials is the percentage of students who pass the bar the first time they take the test. Apparently, the “bar passage rate [is] below 80 percent for first time takers.”Yet, when it comes to the real world, “being in the state's capital is definitely a huge plus to attending school” at Mississippi College. “As the only law school in the capital city, MC Law students receive a unique opportunity to [receive] practical experience through many clerkships, externships, and internships.” Through these practical pro­grams, students make professional connections and have “contact with state and federal bench, bar, and state legislators on a regular basis.” Back on campus, “The school strives to keep the classroom technologically updated and recently added a new mock court­room and several classrooms.” These amenities are certainly nice, but they also come at a price. As a private institution, “Tuition and books costs are very high” at Mississippi College. The good news is that students feel their investment is respected at MC, where everyone is “incredibly accommodating” and “willing to help you any way they possibly can.” From financial aid to registrars, the “administration at MC is extremely friendly,” including the school’s “wonderful dean,” who is “always around and very approach­able.” Believe it or not, one may even “see the dean weeding the landscaping or picking up trash in the parking lot.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 188

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD (3 years), MBA (1 year)

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 116
Full-Time Faculty 26
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 85
Faculty Gender 56% Male
43% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 59% Male
41% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 84%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $29,450 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $29,450 $29,450

Financial Aid

83% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$43,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: July 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

Mississippi College School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 146 - 152
LSAT Total 146 - 152

Mississippi College School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.06 - 3.57
Total 3.07 - 3.55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 79%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85%
Average Starting Salary $57,975
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 53 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 14 10%
Government 22 16%
Public Interest 5 4%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
State Clerkship 11 8%
Academia 6 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
AL 5%
LA 8%
MS 59%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Mississippi College School of Law include:

  • Robert Walker - Federal Magistrate Judge
  • L. Joe Lee - Chief Judge, Mississippi Court of Appeals
  • Linda Anderson - Federal Magistrate Judge
  • Mike Parker - Federal Magistrate Judge
  • Sharion Aycock - Federal District Judge

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