Academics for Success

MC Law’s rigorous academic program combines a strong foundation in the law with opportunities to explore areas of personal interest and engage in hands-on legal work.

First year students take basic courses that teach them to think, speak, and write like lawyers. During the second and third year, students choose from a wide range of electives geared toward their areas of legal interest.

Second- and third-year students may also participate in the MC Law externship program, a course that matches law students with government agencies and non-profit organizations. Students receive academic class credit for their externships and gain valuable, hands-on experience that can only be found through work in the “real world.” At any given time, some 50 MC Law students are participating in externships, learning first-hand how to practice in areas like criminal prosecution and defense, environmental law, child advocacy, bankruptcy, appellate practice, and other legal fields.

MC Law is home to five centers focused on specific areas of the law. The Bioethics and Health Law Center, Business and Tax Law Center, Children’s Law Center, International Law Center, and Public Service Law Center allow students to develop advanced skills, participate in extracurricular programs, and in some cases, earn special certifications in these areas of practice.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in Law Review, compete on nationally-recognized moot court teams, study law abroad, and participate in other programs that enhance their educational experience and further prepare them for the practice of law.

While the MC Law curriculum is broad, the academic experience is customized for each student. The common denominator is a legal education that equips students for success in the real world outside the law school. Because while every law school teaches classes, MC Law prepares students to become lawyers.

Louisiana Civil Law Certificate

MC Law offers a Louisiana Civil Law Certificate program for students who wish to practice in neighboring Louisiana. Taught by experienced Louisiana attorneys, the program includes nine courses that provide the foundation for a Louisiana law practice. Students who complete this course work receive a certificate in Civil Law.