The University of Mississippi - School of Law

Introduction

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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Programs

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Certificate

Business Law Certificate

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Oxford

The Business Law Institute at the University of Mississippi School of Law offers a program of concentration in business law for students who seek to develop special expertise in business law during their law school careers. [+]

Introduction The Business Law Institute at the University of Mississippi School of Law offers a program of concentration in business law for students who seek to develop special expertise in business law during their law school careers. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, the concentration provides an edge for students who have demonstrated their commitment to and interest in business law. Upon completion of the requirements of the Business Law concentration, students will be awarded a certificate evidencing completion and a notation on their official transcript. The concentration in Business Law is one of the many exciting opportunities offered to aspiring business lawyers by the Law School’s Business Law Institute. Business Law Concentration Requirements The requirements for the Business Law Certificate are as follows: Complete at least 18 credit hours in Core Business Courses; Complete at least an additional 9 credit hours in Elective Business Courses with at least 3 of those credit hours in a skills class; Obtain a minimum 2.5 GPA in courses counted toward Certificate course requirements (minimum 3.2 GPA for Certificate with Honors); and Receive a minimum grade of “C” in each course counted toward Certificate course requirements. In summary, the Certificate requires completion of at least 27 hours (inc. 3 skills hours) in business law classes with no grade lower than a “C” and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the certificate courses. The Core Business Courses are: Corporations Bankruptcy Secured Transactions Income Taxation of Individuals[2] (A) Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders OR (B) Partnership... [-]

Criminal Law Certificate

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Oxford

The University of Mississippi School of Law is proud to offer a Criminal Law concentration. Through this concentration of courses, students interested in criminal law are able to immerse themselves in the field of criminal law during their academic studies. [+]

Introduction The University of Mississippi School of Law is proud to offer a Criminal Law concentration. Through this concentration of courses, students interested in criminal law are able to immerse themselves in the field of criminal law during their academic studies. Upon successfully completing the requirements of the Criminal Law concentration, the student will be awarded a certificate evidencing their completion of the requirements for the concentration. The students will also have a notation reflecting their successful completion of the Criminal Law concentration made in their official law school transcript. Overview of Program The Criminal Law concentration is designed to provide students with a broad-based exposure to concepts, topics and skills vital to criminal law practitioners. The Criminal Law concentration prepares students for careers in criminal law as local, state and federal prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, public defenders and public interest litigators. To participate in and successfully complete a Criminal Law concentration, students must comply with the course requirements described below. Upon graduation, a student who successfully completes all requirements for the Criminal Law concentration will receive a certificate attesting to such. A notation reflecting successful completion of the Criminal Law Concentration will also be made in the student’s transcript. A combined grade point average of 2.5 in all concentration courses must be achieved in order to successfully complete the concentration. Students earning a combined grade point average of 3.2 or higher in all concentration courses will have “with honors” reflected on their certificates. The “with honors” notation will only... [-]

Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law Certificate

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Oxford

The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, is the nation’s leading – and only – law school for the study of both air and space law. [+]

Introduction The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, is the nation’s leading – and only – law school for the study of both air and space law. The Center offers a certificate in Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law. For law students seeking such specialized legal courses, this certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the legal processes regulating domestic and international aerospace activities. Students enrolled in the certificate program receive the distinctive, interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise for which the Center is world-renowned. The Center offers a unique curriculum rich in the legal issues that arise from new technologies in space, such as data laws and policies, intellectual property, privacy, liability, international law, use of imagery as legal evidence, environmental issues, space exploration law, and licensing. Additionally, the Center offers studies in aviation law dealing with government regulation of aviation industry, public and private international aviation law, aircraft financing, economic regulation of domestic and international air routes and rates, and environmental aviation law. The Certificate program in Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law consists of four aerospace law courses (12 credit hours), an Independent Study in Aerospace Law and/or possible externship/internship placement (3 credit hours), and three elective courses (12 credit hours), for a total of twenty-seven (27) credits. Minimum Admissions Requirements No student will be admitted to the Certificate program in Air and Space Law unless that student is admitted as a law student to the University of Mississippi... [-]

Juris Doctor

J.D. Program

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 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... [-]

LLM

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

Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 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... [-]

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