The legal externship program at Mississippi College School of Law consists of three options: a three (3) hour local externship course, a three (3) hour remote externship course, and a six (6) hour remote externship course. Externships are available to any student who has completed at least 45 academic credit hours. Generally, a student has sufficient academic credits to extern beginning in the spring semester of his or her 2L year. 1L students may not participate in the legal externship program.
The local externship course places students in legal placements in Jackson and the surrounding areas. Local externs must work a minimum of 135 hours at the placement (usually 10-12 hours per week). Students are encouraged to arrange a class schedule that allows for two open days to devote to working at the externship. Students also attend a weekly class that will meet at the law school. There is no required textbook and no exam. The local externship course is a three (3) hour, pass/fail class. No six hour local externship is offered. Students wishing to take a local externship should fill out an application, return the completed application and resume to Meta Copeland, and Professor Copeland will match the student with an appropriate placement.
Through the remote externship course, students may extern out-of-state or outside the Hinds/Madison/Rankin County area. remote externs must work a minimum of 135 hours for a three (3) hour placement and 270 hours for a six (6) hour placement. Students also attend a weekly class that will meet virtually through TWEN, and must submit weekly journals. There will also be a mandatory seminar for all remote externs at the law school in the semester before the remote externship which will also count toward class credit. There is no required textbook and no exam. The remote externship class is a pass/fail class.
Students wishing to take a remote externship do not fill out the local externship application. Interested students should contact Meta Copeland to discuss particular areas of interest. The student will be responsible for securing his or her externship placement, after consultation with Professor Copeland.