Public Service Law Center

About Us

The Public Service Center Law Center exposes students to a wide range of public service opportunities that not only enhance their legal education experience, but also promote a commitment to helping underserved people and communities.

MC Law School emphasizes the importance of public interest lawyering on a continuum, beginning with a student’s matriculation and continuing through graduation and beyond. This emphasis on the delivery of pro bono services takes root in the law school’s mission statement, which includes our belief that “human beings are God’s creations, equally entitled to dignity and respect. In every setting, we seek to training 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 has a vibrant public service community and there are many ways to become involved, including student organizations, clinics, externships, Law Centers, and courses.  The Public Service Law Center can help you learn about ways attorneys make a positive difference in the legal community and in the greater community at large.

Activities of the Public Service Law Center include:

  • Promoting and celebrating public interest lawyering
  • A Public Interest Law Speakers Series showcasing renowned attorneys and scholars with public interest expertise
  • A Public Interest Career Advising Series
  • Coordinating the MC Law externship program, which matches law school students with government entities and non-profit organizations
  • Coordinating the MC Law Public Interest Law Clinics:  HIV and the Law and Mission First Legal Aid Clinic
  • Overseeing the MC Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), which provides financial assistance to MC Law graduates who pursue fulltime careers in public interest law
  • Coordinating law student public service opportunities, including regular Habitat for Humanity builds
  • Coordinating activities and events with the student-run Public Interest Law Group


MC Law Legal Extern Program – Four externship courses pair law school students with lawyers in government entities and non-profit organizations in the metro-Jackson area, in other parts of Mississippi, and throughout the United States.

The MC Law Public Interest Law Clinics — Through the Mission First Legal Aid Clinic and the HIV and the Law Clinic, law students can become directly involved in representing clients of local public interest organizations.

The MC Law curriculum includes a wide range of courses in public interest practice areas. The faculty includes full-time professors and adjunct professors with extensive experience in public interest and public service practice.


Public Service Law Center – Course Offerings

  • 609 - Adoption Legal Clinic
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 685 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 639 - Arbitration Practice and Procedure
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 624 - Asset Forfeiture
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 780 - Basic Real Estate Transactions
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 525 - Capital Punishment Law
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 612 - Child Advocacy Clinic in Chancery Court
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 612 - Child Advocacy Clinic in Chancery Court II
  • 0 Semester Hours
  • 610 - Child Advocacy Clinic in Youth Court
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 716 - Children in the Legal System
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 708 - Civil Law of Persons and Family
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 728 - Civil Rights
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 649 - Comparative Civil Rights
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 522 - Constitutional Law
  • 4 Semester Hours
  • 754 - Consumer Law
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 726 - Criminal Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 561 - Criminal Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 679 - Criminal Practice
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 562 - Criminal Procedure
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 652 - Current Issues in Family Law
  • 2-3 Semester Hours
  • 651 - Domestic Relations
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 673 - Elder Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 644 - Employment Discrimination
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 646 - Employment Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 524 - First Amendment
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 763 - Gender and the Law Seminar
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 647 - Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 674 - Health Care Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 537 - HIV and the Law Clinic
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 663 - Immigration Law
  • 2-3 Semester Hours
  • 688 - International Finance
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 701 - International Human Rights
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 705 - International Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 757 - Juvenile Legal Issues Seminar
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 645 - Labor Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 575 - Land Use Controls
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 770 - Legal Extern Program
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 771 - Legal Extern Program II
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 520 - Legal Project Management
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 675 - Medical Malpractice and Health Care Litigation
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 509 - Mission First Legal Aid Clinic
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 691 - Native American Law
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 642 - Pension and Employee Benefit Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 767 - Race and the Law
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 781 - Real Estate Finance and Development
  • 2 Semester Hours
  • 772 - Remote Legal Extern Program I
  • 3 Semester Hours
  • 776 - Remote Legal Extern Program II
  • 5 or 6 Semester Hours
  • 621 - Secured Transactions and Creditors’ Rights
  • 3 Semester Hours


Funding Your Public Interest Work

Resources on Public Loan Forgiveness

MC Law Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program

MC Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 350 law students with the opportunity to earn an $1,000 education award voucher for spending the summer in a qualifying internship at a non-profit, public interest organization. Students must complete 300 service hours to receive the education award voucher, which can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans. Additionally, county, state, and nonprofit public defenders offices now qualify for Summer Corps funding.  The 2014 application was due on May 2, 2014 and was available on the Equal Justice Works website. The 2015 application due date has not yet been released. Fellowships are offered on a rolling basis.


MC Law Pro Bono Certificate


The Mississippi College School of Law Pro Bono Certificate acknowledges law students who devote at least sixty (60) hours to Pro Bono Service before graduation.

Qualifying Pro Bono Activities shall be defined as the direct or indirect providing of legal services for no academic credit, and without fee or expectation of fee:


(a) to persons of limited means; or

(b) to nonprofit, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means, or persons with limited access to legal representation; or

(c) through participation in activities for enhancing the law, the legal system, or the legal profession as a whole.


Participating students must complete a program participation form and must provide an accounting of all pro bono hours to the law school in order to be eligible to receive a notation in the graduation pamphlet.


The following time shall be included in the calculation of pro bono hours:

(a) time volunteering at an approved pro bono site; and

(b) any time exceeding thirty (30) minutes spent traveling to and from an approved pro bono site.


The program participation form is available here. The annual time sheet is available here.


Attachments – All must be completed and turned into Professor Meta Copeland to receive credit for the Pro Bono Recognition Program.

• Pro Bono Recognition Program Student Placement Opportunity Form

• Pro Bono Recognition Program Work Verification Form

• Pro Bono Recognition Program Agreement to Supervise Form


Post-Graduate Career Resources

Equal Justice Works – Fellowships and Career Development

Since 1992, Equal Justice Works has provided paid public interest fellowships to law school graduates to provide legal assistance to underserved populations and causes. Today, we are the nation’s largest provider of public interest fellowships, awarding approximately 130-140 fellowships each year. Our Fellows work on a range of issues, including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care, consumer fraud and environmental justice. Hundreds of young lawyers have been able to provide critical legal assistance to underserved communities and have gone on to become leaders in the public interest arena. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, you will become a member of the nation’s vibrant and prestigious public interest legal community.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Employment Certification Procedure and Forms


Employment Certification Forms


Student loan borrowers can earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness by making 120 of the right kind of payments, on the right kind of loans, while working in the right kind of job.  But they must also prove that they meet all the requirements of the program.



Repaye Program

A 2014 Executive Order by President Obama will further expand loan repayment options. The Repaye plan is based on the “pay as you earn” repayment program.  The new version of the pay-as-you-earn program will be available to anyone with federal direct loans, regardless of when students receive the loans and what their debt-to-income ratio is.  Monthly loan payments for Repaye participants will be capped at 10 percent of discretionary income. Any loan balance for law school loans remaining after 25 years of payments will be forgiven. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to issue final rules for Repaye before November 1, 2015, and borrowers may be able to enroll before the end of 2015.


Meta Copeland
Director of Experiential Learning and
Director, Public Service Law Center