The University of Mississippi - School of Law


The University of Mississippi School of Law became the fourth state-supported law school in the nation in 1854, almost ten years after the university opened its doors in 1848. The state legislature recognized a need for formal law instruction in Mississippi, and the “Department of Law” as it was titled, was established.

In January 2011, the law program moved into a new home named for Robert C. Khayat, a law professor who had served as chancellor of the university from 1995 to 2009. A LEED-certified building located on the south end of the campus and designed with students’ needs in mind, its architecture blends in well with the beauty of the Ole Miss campus.

Why UM Law?

Preparing You to Practice

Our professional Skills Training Program offers you a full spectrum of options so you can design your legal education to fit your future. We offer the following components:

  • Centers and Clinics: The school’s seven programs provide practical experience and academic training in areas ranging from business law to provision of services to the needy.
  • Publishing Opportunities: The Mississippi Law Journal, Journal of Space Law and the Sports Law Review provide opportunities to hone legal writing skills. The National Sea Grant Law Center also houses three main opportunities for student publishing: The SandBar, Water Log and the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal.
  • Moot Court Board: Ranked in the top 25 nationally for the past four years, Moot Court provides intensive training in appellate advocacy,sending teams to interscholastic competitions around the nation. Our trial advocacy board and negotiation team both offer elite competition opportunities for students interested in mock trial and alternative dispute resolution. Our Environmental Law Moot Court team has won a national competition two years in a row!
  • Skills Session: Offers intensive skills training the first two weeks of every spring semester on a wide range of electives from Trial Skills to Business Drafting, Transactional Practice and Legal Spanish.
  • Externship Programs: Students are placed with exceptional attorneys and obtain classroom instructional support. Programs include the Public Service Externship, Prosecution Externship, Judicial Externship and Business Regulatory Externship.
  • Pro Bono Initiative: Focuses on building servant leadership in the legal profession and training participants in particular legal skills. Recent projects include guardianship, child-support modification, child custody and the development of a tax-assistance program.
  • Solo Practice Program: The program provides students with the skills and confidence to open a law office immediately after graduation. Courses, mentors and ongoing support equip interested students with the necessary professional skills and business acumen to succeed.
  • Excellent Academics: Our academic programs are designed to give students outlets for research and writing. Participation in small group seminars and simulation experiences ensures our students are engaged and understand the development of law, legal institutions and ethical issues. We offer a Juris Doctor, a Juris Doctor/Master of Taxation and a Juris Doctor/Master of Accountancy, as well as a certificate program in criminal law. View our full curriculum.
  • Career Services: The Career Services Office helps students develop individualized career plans, provides instruction on job-search skills and facilitates access to employers and employment resources, as well as actively recruits law firms, judges, government agencies, public interest organizations and other prospective legal employers to interview and hire our graduates. Graduates have gone on to private practice and have also found rewarding jobs at NASA, Stennis Space Center, the U.S. Senate, KPMG, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. district and Mississippi state courts.
  • Student Leadership: More than 20 student organizations, such as the Law School Student Body Association, American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association and the Environmental Law Society, provide a balance of academic, social and service opportunities, helping to develop leadership skills to aid you in your legal profession.

Cool College Town

Named by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the “top 10 coolest college towns in America,” Oxford boasts attractions such as those on the Courthouse Square, William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak and the annual Double Decker Arts Festival to make it the ideal combination of historic and hip. If you like the outdoors, you’ll find fishing, camping and water sports at Sardis Lake. If you enjoy attending sports events, then tailgating in the Grove can’t be beat! In fact, Sports Illustrated rated it No. 3 of 100 things to do before graduating.

Highly Affordable

With affordable tuition for Mississippi residents and nonresidents, students graduate from our law school with a lower debt load than the national average, allowing them to go into public service or other practice areas more easily. PreLaw magazine has ranked us fifth in the nation in its list of Best Value Law Schools.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Designed to enhance clinical experiences for students, our law center is the only LEED-certified building in the state. It features a student lounge and courtyard, student organizations suite, group study rooms, Career Services interview rooms, Moot Court suite, café and dining room. Classrooms with advanced technology offer an outstanding learning environment for our students. The center also holds suites for our various legal clinics, the Mississippi Law Journal, and has a lecture theater seating 220 people.

Strong Alumni Networks

Our nearly 7,000 living alumni practice all over the world, providing a solid networking system for students looking for a job, a mentor or real-world experience. Noteworthy alumni include writer John Grisham, Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, and assistant chief counsel for NASA-Stennis Meredith Blasingame.

Faculty: Scholarship Based on Real-world Experience

Because of their experience as practicing lawyers and their cutting-edge research, our faculty members excel at preparing students for legal practice. They also have diverse interests and experiences to serve our students and surrounding communities, as well as the global community. Beyond the classroom, the law school faculty is at the forefront of emerging scholarship in a number of disciplines.

Global Reach

Not only do our students obtain great jobs across the South, many of our graduates have gone on to private practice and public service all over the nation and world. Our scope stretches from the east coast to the west coast and beyond.

Hospitable Culture

We continually hear our law faculty, administration, and students are some of the friendliest around. We’re dedicated to our students’ success, and with a low student-to-faculty ratio, students have every opportunity to get the help and support they need. And, our new facility is designed specifically to encourage community interaction both among students and between students and faculty.

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Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Air and Space Law

Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Oxford + 1 more

The University of Mississippi School of Law is a world leader in air and space law education, research, and public service. [+]

The University of Mississippi School of Law is a world leader in air and space law education, research, and public service. This LL.M. degree program is designed for both U.S. and foreign-trained law school graduates interested in a rigorous legal curriculum in U.S., international, and comparative air and space law. It is the first and only LL.M. program in the U.S. offering a combined air and space law postgraduate law degree at an ABA accredited law school. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. LL.M. Program Advantages Unique emphasis in U.S. air and space law. Extensive air law expertise and over 45 years in space law. On-campus or online, full-time or part-time. Participate, if qualified, in the Journal of Space Law. Comprehensive air and space law collection. Access to University of Mississippi Space Law Archives. American Bar Association accredited law school. All LL.M. students will be required to successfully complete six core-courses: Comparative National Space Law, International Space Law, Private International Air Law, Public International Air Law, U.S. Aviation Law, and U.S. Space Law. Additionally, LL.M. students will have to complete three thesis-writing courses, and produce a thesis of publishable quality. Students will also have the opportunity to take elective courses in lieu of the standard core-courses. Curriculum Thesis Program (26 Credit Hours) Fall U.S. National Aviation Law 3 U.S. National Space Law 3 Public International Air Law 3 Master’s Thesis I (Advisor) 1 (Elective: Space Security Law 3) Semester Credits 10 Spring International Space Law 3 Private International Air Law 3 Comparative National Space Law 3 Master’s Thesis II (Advisor) 1 (Elective: International Aviation Finance and Leasing Law 3) (Elective: International Telecommunication Law 3) (Elective: Remote Sensing Law 3) Semester Credits 10 Summer Master’s Thesis III (Advisor) 6 Semester Credits 6 Total Credits 26 Part-Time – Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Air and Space Law Program Admission The part-time LL.M. in Air and Space Law is ideal for practicing attorneys who want the added advantage of an LL.M. but who prefer to continue working while earning the degree. Admission requirements to the part-time program are the same as for the full-time program. Following admission, a change in status (i.e., part-time to full-time) requires the approval of the Director. Degree Requirements Part-time students must satisfy the same course requirements as the full-time students in order to receive the LL.M. degree. All students must successfully complete a minimum of 26 credit hours. Course Selection Part-time students will work with the Director to design a course schedule that suits each student’s needs. This is essential since part-time students will not take the same number of courses per semester as full-time students. This custom schedule is intended to facilitate each student’s successful completion of the LL.M. program in two years. On-Line Mode – Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Air and Space Law Program Admission With the on-line option, a practitioner can take courses anytime and anywhere without the time and geographical constraints required to attend on-campus courses. Admission requirements to the part-time program are the same as for the full-time program. Following admission, a change in status (i.e., on-line to on-campus) requires the approval of the Director. Degree Requirements On-line students must satisfy the same course requirements as the on-campus students in order to receive the LL.M. degree. All students must successfully complete a minimum of 26 credit hours. The course materials, deadlines, and grading standards will be the same for on-line and on-campus students. The only difference between the two is where the student is located. On-line Student Experience The on-line requirements are identical to the on-campus requirements. Both options are exactly the same in terms of curriculum, thesis requirements, exams, and student participation. 

On-line students can attend all of the LL.M. lectures live (synchronous), if the on-line student connects at the time the courses are being offered. When on-line students are able to attend live, the on-line student will be able to participate in the classroom experience with on-campus students and other online students live. All students and the professors will be able to see and hear the on-line students, and vice-a-versa. Alternatively, if the on-line student cannot attend the live classes, the on-line student will attend at his or her own convenience by downloading the lectures/PowerPoint slides online (on the computer or mobile phone), and participating in classroom assignments, discussion forums, and exams/papers. All students, regardless if on-campus or on-line, will be able to access the courses anytime and anyplace with a computer or phone with an Internet connection. We will also use Blackboard which will allow professors to post course information such as their syllabi, PowerPoint, lecture materials, notes, assignments, tests, announcements, and discussion forums. The discussion forums will enable all students and professors to post questions, answers, and comments 24/7 and from any location around the globe. Eligibility Requirements To be considered for the LL.M. program in Air and Space Law, an applicant must have a J.D. degree (Juris Doctor) from an accredited U.S. law school or a first law degree (J.D., LL.B., and Bachelor of Laws) from a foreign law school. To see a list of minimum degree requirements to obtain the law degree by country, visit the LSAC Minimum Degree Requirements website. Admissions Criteria In evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee takes into consideration the applicant’s grades and rank in his or her law school and other university studies, letters of recommendation, areas of interest, proposed thesis topic, and professional and personal accomplishments. English Language Requirement The University of Mississippi School of Law requires official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) before admitting an applicant whose primary language is not English. The minimum score required is 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7.0 on the IELTS. [-]

Juris Doctor

J.D. Program

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Oxford

The J.D. program at the University of Mississippi School of Law prepares you to actually practice law, not just to think like a lawyer. [+]

The J.D. program at the University of Mississippi School of Law prepares you to actually practice law, not just to think like a lawyer. Because we believe that lawyers come in as many forms as there are law students, we provide you with a legal education to fit your future career. We believe in maximizing your options and choices rather than in a one-size-fits-all approach. Moreover, we integrate professional skills throughout our curriculum. Our J.D. Program begins with a strong foundation in heavily-tested bar exam subjects, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Our students also benefit from a full year of legal research and writing, culminating with appellate brief writing and oral argument – with the top first year students selected for membership on our nationally-ranked Moot Court Board. Our first years also have the option of learning courtroom litigation skills through a mock trial workshop and competition hosted by our Trial Advocacy Board. Our innovative Skill Session devotes the first two weeks of every spring semester to an intensive skills course. All first year students enroll in Contract Negotiation and Drafting, a course that builds on classroom coverage of contract law in the fall semester with each student participating in simulations of contract discussions and the work of converting those talks into robust documents. The negotiation component of the course feeds selection of several first years for our Negotiation Team later in the spring semester. Our second year and third year students choose among twenty Skill Session courses ranging from Trial Practice and Small Business Drafting to Legal Spanish and Legal Entrepreneurship. The availability of a full spectrum of offerings allows our upper level students to focus on litigation, transactional work or public service lawyering, and any number of substantive areas including estate planning, real estate, sports law, entertainment law and intellectual property. Building on the Skill Session, we offer seven different clinical programs: Innocence Project, Criminal Appeals, Street Law, Child Advocacy, Transactional Law, Elder Law, and Low-Income Housing. Each of these programs guarantees tremendous individual attention because we limit enrollment to no more than eight students per clinic each semester. Our clinical students receive temporary admission to the bar and represent real clients. The clinical programs afford students the opportunity to not only actually practice law but to do so with the close support and guidance of clinical professors and supervising attorneys. Our four externship programs – Public Service, Prosecution, Judicial and Business Regulation – deliver opportunities to make the leap from the classroom to the law office, all while still providing the support of a classroom instruction and the mentorship of a clinical professor. This best-practices approach to externships ensures a productive experience. Our new Solo Practice Program will provide courses, mentors and incubator benefits to students wishing to open their own law practice straight from law school. Courses like Law Office Management, Lawyering Skills Workshop, Solo Practice and Accounting for Lawyers equip students with necessary skills. Our mentors, both recent graduates and veteran attorneys, provide practical advice both before and after graduation. Our solo practice incubator will afford our graduates with support as they work to establish their own law offices. Beyond the traditional classroom, our Pro Bono Initiative builds a culture of servant leadership by tackling specific skill-based projects such as guardianship, child support modification, child custody and low-income tax assistance. Of course, we also provide a full panoply of regular courses from which our students choose a program of instruction, needing only to satisfy the requirement of an advanced writing seminar and a legal ethics class. Our faculty boasts experts in an extraordinary range of subjects, including securities regulation, tax, bankruptcy, workers compensation, torts, gaming law, insurance law, civil procedure, law and religion, sports law, criminal law, criminal procedure, death penalty law, international human rights, environmental law, Native American law, health care law, legal ethics, evidence, children and the law, law and medicine, constitutional law and theory, supreme court practice, and family law. Curriculum First Year Required Courses Law 503 Civil Procedure I (3 credits, one semester) Law 507 Constitutional Law I (3 credits, one semester) Law 501 Contracts (4 credits, two semesters) Law 568 Criminal Law (3 credits, one semester) Law 514 & 515 Legal Research and Writing I & II (6 credits, two semesters) Law 504 Property (4 credits, one semester) Law 502 Torts (4 credits, two semesters) A Three Hour Elective as Determined by Law Faculty Designated January Skill Session Course Second & Third Year Required Courses Legal Profession 603 (3) Skills Requirement: You must successfully complete three skills courses. Normally, a student satisfies the requirement with three courses in the required January Skill Session. For each spring semester in residence, you must take a skills course in the required January Skill Session. If you are unable to successfully complete three January Skill Session courses, you must obtain permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to substitute a designated skills course for each January Skill Session course you did not complete. The Registrar will list on each semester schedule those courses designated as skills courses. Writing Requirement: During the second or third year of law study, each student must select and complete one course from a list of writing courses designated each year by the Curriculum Committee. The courses and seminars each require a substantial writing component, involving the application of knowledge and skills gained from several areas of legal study, or in-depth research and analysis of legal issues in a specialized field of law. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (C) or better must be earned in order for a student to be eligible to graduate. To complete the 90-credit-hours requirement for graduation, the student is given a wide choice of elective courses during the second and third years. Recommended Courses: Students planning to take the Mississippi Bar Examination should contact the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions for information regarding areas of law covered by the exam. [-]


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