Mississippi College School of Law (MCSOL) is located in downtown Jackson near the State Capitol, federal and state courts, and major law firms. The school has built a reputation for excellence in both practical and theoretical legal education.
MCSOL began as the Jackson School of Law, a part-time institution founded in 1930. Mississippi College acquired the school in 1975, moved it to the college’s campus in Clinton, and instituted a full-time program. In 1980 the law school moved back to Jackson to its current location on Griffith Street, and in 2007 MCSOL completed an ambitious construction and renovation project to expand the campus. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association, and its graduates may take the bar examination in all fifty states.
MCSOL’s downtown location offers students access to the capital city’s resources. Students may supplement classroom learning by interacting with local attorneys and judges. Students also have opportunities for externships and clerkships with private law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
MCSOL offers options outside of the traditional law school experience, including a program that allows students simultaneously to earn law degrees and master’s degrees in business administration by enrolling for one extra semester. The school also offers an executive law school program, various certificate programs, and master of laws programs.
MCSOL offers students the opportunity to participate in numerous clinical experiences: the Adoption Legal Clinic, Child Advocacy in Youth Court Clinic, Child Advocacy in Chancery Court Clinic, Mission First Legal Aid Clinic, and HIV and the Law. These clinics offer students the opportunity to gain real-world legal experience by interacting with judges, practicing attorneys, and members of the public who may not otherwise have access to legal services.
- Mississippi College School of Law website, http://law.mc.edu