Patricia Bennett, Dean, School of Law
Mississippi College School of Law
151 E. Griffith St. • Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Law School: 601.925.7100
The School of Law
Mississippi College School of Law began as a dream of the late Dr. D. M. Nelson who served as president of the university from the depression years until 1957. During his tenure, Mississippi College moved from a struggling all-male, liberal arts institution to a strong, co-educational university that would serve as the foundation for a university system. By the early 1950s, Dr. Nelson was already predicting that the university would one day boast of a law school located near the state capitol.
It was not until 1969, however, that Dr. Nelson’s prophecy moved closer to reality when Mississippi College and others independent of the university undertook a study as to the feasibility of establishing a quality law school in the central part of the state. Those studies led to the conclusion that an accredited law school was needed in the state capital of Mississippi, and Mississippi College was the logical institution to undertake the task of establishing one.
In the fall of 1975, the law school officially opened its doors, with the convening of its first classes on the main campus in Clinton. A number of outstanding practitioners and leaders of the state bar were recruited to serve as faculty, and the school immediately began the task of obtaining ABA approval. Within five years, the goal of obtaining accreditation had been reached and the school moved into its permanent facility located in the center of downtown Jackson.
The development of the law school since 1980 has been remarkable. Achievement of accreditation and membership in the Association of American Law Schools made possible the expansion of both faculty and student recruitment to a national scale, thus moving the school toward its goal of building a strong, regional law school. As a result, the school now has a well-recognized faculty that reflects a rich diversity in both professional and educational backgrounds, many of whom have national reputations in their specialties. The student body is equally diverse and is drawn primarily from the southeastern United States.
The law school’s success has been reflected in state and regional recognition it has received through its law review, outstanding performances by its appellate and trial teams, student participation in inter-law school organizations, graduate placement in prestigious positions, and selections of its graduates for judicial and political positions.
Admission to the School of Law
The faculty of the law school annually sets the admissions standards for the Doctor of Jurisprudence program. These standards are based primarily on the undergraduate grade point average, the LSAT score, and personal or academic achievements and honors. As a general rule, the bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university is a prerequisite for admission. However, a limited number of Mississippi College students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability, may combine undergraduate work with law school work to receive in six years a bachelor’s degree and the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. These students are permitted to spend the senior undergraduate year as full-time law students accumulating credit toward the undergraduate and law degrees simultaneously. At the end of the first year of successful law study, the undergraduate degree may be awarded. A student desiring such an arrangement should consult with the Provost. A law student may also participate in Mississippi College’s JD/MBA program and earn both degrees.
In order for an applicant’s candidacy to be considered by the Admissions Committee, the individual’s admissions file must be complete. A completed file consists of the following:
- A completed application form normally completed online through the Law School Admission Service (LSAC).
- An LSAT/CAS report-Every applicant must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) prior to being considered for admission.
- An LSAT score obtained more than five years before application is made to law school will not be considered.
- CAS is a transcript evaluation service. For information applicants should visit www.lsac.org
- Letters of recommendation are optional but are encouraged. It is preferred that letters of recommendation be submitted by individuals who are familiar with a candidate’s academic ability, and they be mailed directly to the law school’s Admissions Office or received through CAS Letter of Recommendation Service. If you choose to use the Letter of Recommendation Service included in your CAS Registration, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined on the LSAC website.
Requirements are subject to change without notice.
Applications are received from September 1 of the year preceding entry until July 15 prior to fall registration or until the class closes. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications and complete their files as early as possible. When an applicant is accepted, a $250 deposit must be received by April 1 or within two weeks of receipt of notification of acceptance, whichever is later. However, in order to assure a place in the entering class, the applicant may send the deposit any time after acceptance. A second deposit of $350 must be received by June 1. Upon enrollment, both nonrefundable deposits are credited to the applicant’s tuition. For additional information see the Law School website at www.law.mc.edu.
Several schools at Mississippi College have a 3/3 arrangement with the law school that will allow students to be admitted to the law school early and have their first year of law school count for their senior undergraduate year. Check with your department to determine if you are eligible to participate.
More information about the law school can be found at the following links:
Web site: www.law.mc.edu