The Mississippi College School of Law externship program places students in pre-approved legal placements to work directly with an assigned field supervisor. The placements are in a wide variety of non-profit, government, and public interest organizations. The program is under the supervision of a faculty member and includes a weekly substantive classroom component.
Why participate in the externship program? An externship offers excellent on-the-job experience. It gives you legal work experience for your resume. An externship allows you to experience a practice area before you graduate, or fulfill a desire to perform public interest legal work. Finally, an Externship provides networking resources that can continue after you graduate.
Externship courses are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters.
Students may enroll in an externship after completing at least 45 academic hours. Thus, many 2L students may enroll in an externship in the spring semester of the second year of law school.
Placements are made in agencies and offices throughout the Jackson Metropolitan area. Placements are made in a variety of practice areas. Placements are limited to public interest externships. Students may not extern with for-profit organizations or private law firms.
All externs are placed under the supervision of an attorney.
Externs must work a minimum of 135 hours at the placement during the semester. Generally this requires a time commitment of 10 hours per week. It is highly recommended that externs arrange a class schedule that allows for two days or large blocks of time for the student to attend the externship.
3L students in certain externships may be sworn in to appear in court, pursuant to the Mississippi Law Student Limited Practice Act, Miss. Code Ann. § 73-3-210 et seq.
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For more information contact:
Professor Meta Copeland
Director of Experiential Learning