Mississippi College School of Law seeks to provide a superior legal education within the context of a Christian institution. Our aim is to create an institutional environment that promotes intellectual and practical learning. Our student body and faculty reflect a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Out of this diversity, we seek to create a scholarly community in which students and faculty discuss issues freely in a variety of settings, both formal and informal.
Our curriculum is designed to train students to become skilled and ethical lawyers capable of adapting their practice to a changing legal world. To accomplish this goal, we have looked to a liberal arts model in shaping the law school's curriculum. Our courses emphasize individual responsibility for learning, while providing every student instruction in the substantive and analytical skills necessary for successful practice.
We provide grounding in the common law and statutory foundations of our legal system, but also explore emerging doctrine, employing in each context the traditional methods of legal analysis, enriched by the insights of related disciplines. To assure that our curriculum incorporates the most current scholarship, our faculty is actively engaged in research in their respective areas of expertise. In addition to courses in legal doctrine, we offer a wide range of instruction in the skills of modern practice. Because we view writing as the most fundamental of these skills, we emphasize teaching of writing at every stage of legal training. In addition, we offer courses in oral advocacy, counseling, negotiation, and the many skills of pretrial and trial advocacy. Because of our location in a major legal center, we are able to draw on leading practitioners and judges as adjunct professors and as supervisors of externship programs.
We recognize the law school's responsibility to the legal community and the larger society. Consequently, the law school and its faculty are involved in a variety of activities to improve the legal system, including research and advocacy in law reform projects, service on bar association committees, and teaching in continuing legal education programs.
All of these goals reflect the commitment of the law school and the founding institution to the belief that human beings are God's creations, equally entitled to dignity and respect. In every setting, we seek to train lawyers of high intellectual and practical ability, who are committed to ethical practice; to assisting the disadvantaged; and to free and open discussion of issues of law, policy, and values.
MC Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, the International Association of Law Schools, and the American Society of Comparative Law. J.D. graduates are eligible to take the bar exam in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. MC Law is approved by the ABA to offer multiple LL.M. degree programs as described in this catalog. However, the ABA does not accredit LL.M. programs. LL.M. graduates in the American Legal Studies Program are eligible to take the bar examination in several states. Interested persons should consult with the bar examining authorities for specific states for eligibility requirements. For further information regarding eligibility for admission to the bar, see the section on Admission to a State Bar in this catalog regarding bar admissions.
For questions regarding accreditation of MC Law, contact the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association at 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, telephone, 312-988-6738.
Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, education specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi College.
Statements of Compliance with Federal Education Laws
In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Mississippi College does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or military service in admissions, in the administration of its education policies, programs, and activities or in employment. Under federal law, the University may exercise religious preferences in employment in order to fulfill its mission and purpose.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) (Confidentiality of Student Information)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records or information contained therein. Mississippi College will release confidential or personally identifiable information only with the student's written consent and will release information defined as "Directory Information" only in the best interest of the student.
Each year (fall semester) MC Law publishes a law school directory including information on faculty, staff and students. Within the first fifteen calendar days after the beginning of the fall semester, faculty and staff should contact Office of Human Resources, and students should contact the MC Law School Director of Student Records to make changes. Students also should view their Personal Information in Banner Web to assure the accuracy of the information and to determine what changes, if any, should be made in the university's student information system. Under FERPA, currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of their information if they do not wish to have such information published in the directory. A request to withhold information should be filed in writing with the Director of Student Records within the first fifteen days of the beginning of the fall semester. Absent a written request to withhold directory information, Mississippi College assumes that the student approves disclosure in the law school directory. All listings in the law school directory are taken from information contained in the university's computer information system.
Parents can file a copy of their income tax return with the registrar to establish that their child/student is a dependent for the purpose of receiving grades. A student may give written permission to the university registrar to release grades to parents.
A law school student who does not wish any information released for any reason may file a written request with the dean of the law school. A confidential notice will be placed on the student's record and this confidential status will remain on their record permanently until a signed release by the student is filed with the dean.
Law students who want access to their education records must make the request in writing by a USPS mailing. The writing should be signed with an original signature, include a copy of a photo identification card, and include a current return mailing address.
Any correspondence or requests involving FERPA should be sent to the Director of Law School Records, Mississippi College School of Law, 151 E. Griffith Street, Jackson, MS 39201. The Director of Law School Records serves as the sole point of contact for FERPA matters.
Disability Accommodations Policy and Procedures
In order to provide assistance to students with disabilities, Mississippi College School of Law complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Law School offers reasonable academic accommodations to meet the needs of qualified students with disabilities. A "qualified student with a disability" is one who, with reasonable accommodation, can meet all of an educational program's requirements notwithstanding the disability.
Students seeking academic accommodations must submit current documentation, including supporting reports of tests and other measurements and assessments provided by a qualified treating professional, and transmitted directly from that professional with an original cover letter signed by the treating professional, to the Director of Student Services. Documentation must be reasonably current, usually within 1 to 3 years.
The request and supporting documentation will be considered by the Director of Student Services, in consultation with the Mississippi College Director of Student Counseling and Disability Services and the Mississippi College Director of Legal Compliance, as applicable. The Director of Student Services may request additional information if necessary, as the process contemplates collaboration among the treating professionals, the Law School, and the student. The student may be asked to sign releases to allow the free exchange of information among all those involved with meeting their needs.
The Director of Student Services in consultation with the Mississippi College Director of Student Counseling and Disability Services and the Mississippi College Director of Legal Compliance, as applicable, will make a determination of what accommodations will be offered. If a student is dissatisfied with the academic accommodation, concerns may be addressed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The process contemplates an ongoing assessment of needs and the reasonable means of meeting those needs. The office of the Director of Student Services is located on the campus of Mississippi College School of Law, 151 East Griffith St., Jackson, MS, 39201.
The granting of academic accommodations is strictly confidential; faculty members are not notified unless the particular accommodation requires cooperation of the faculty member, and then disclosure is limited to only what is necessary.
Students with physical disabilities who require accommodations unrelated to the academic program should contact the Director of Student Services.
All requests for exam accommodations should be submitted no later than one month prior to the last day of classes for the semester.
Title IX Compliance
Mississippi College has completed the self-evaluation study required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women and, as such, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in employment or admissions except in those instances which are claimed and exempted under Section 86.12 of the guidelines based on conflict with the religious tenets of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Official Grievance Procedures have been established and copies may be obtained from and complaints filed with the Office of the President, Box 4001, Telephone: 601.925.3200 or the Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Box 4029, Telephone: 601.925.3225.
Non-Discrimination and Equality of Opportunity
MC Law does not use admissions policies or take other action to preclude admission of applicants or retention of students on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Academic facilities at Mississippi College are designed primarily for use in the education of Mississippi College students; other uses, although quite worthy in themselves, should not be allowed to interfere with that primary purpose.