Mississippi College School of Law LL.M. students will be assigned a mentor from the School’s student body who will aid in integrating the student in the academic and local community. In addition, a practicing attorney may also be provided as a second mentor to encourage contact and interaction with other local bar members and legal organizations.
Students will also be provided the opportunity to observe the judicial proceedings at the federal circuit and district court levels and meet with practicing attorneys and judges. As part of this practical element, students will further be allowed to observe the inner workings of federal, state and local government agencies, and legal departments of U.S. corporations or law firms. Students may earn 1-2 credit hours for participation in the practical element of the program.
Possible proceedings that students may observe include:
- State of federal criminal jury trial and/or hearing;
- State of federal civil jury or bench trial and/or hearing;
- Chancery court trial or hearing;
- Appellate argument before the Mississippi Supreme Court of Court of Appeals;
- State or federal administrative agency hearing;
- Swearing-In ceremony for U.S. Citizenship.
Students may also interact with the legal community in various settings and practice areas including:
- Professionalism discussions by members of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and/or trial level judges;
- Charles Clark Inns of Court Meetings;
- Mississippi Secretary of State;
- Mississippi House and/or Senate;
- Local District Attorneys;
- Local Public Defender.