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Develop The Skills Needed for Small and Solo Law Practices.

With some 80% of attorneys in the U.S. working in solo or small-firm practices, gaining proficiency in the management of a law office is increasingly important. If your goal is to own or manage a solo or small firm, MC’s Solo and Small Law Practice certificate provides you with the tools you need. You will select courses that develop management skills, provide hands-on experiences, and teach specific areas of law are all included in the Solo and Small Law Practice Certificate. Professors in each course are selected based upon their research and scholarship abilities and successful law practice experiences. 

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What Courses Do You Take in the Solo and Small Law Practice Certificate path

Select 21 hours of credit from a list of courses on the “Solo Practice and Small Law” worksheet that includes classes such as:

  • Law Office Management
  • Solo & Small Law Practice
  • Mississippi Practice
  • Domestic Relations
  • Elder Law
  • Wills and Trust
  • Real Estate Practice

Benefits of the Solo and Small Law Practice Certificate

In addition to earning class credit, benefits from obtaining the Solo and Small Law Practice certificate include the opportunity for you to do the following:

  1. Understand both the substantial and procedural law related to a number of areas, such as transactional law, family law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and wills and estates;
  2. Learn how to properly apply the accepted standards of professional and ethical responsibility in a small and solo practice environment;
  3. Learn the skills needed to set up and manage a law office; and 
  4. Improve your writing skills.


Students must apply for admission to Professor Heather Hall (, Faculty Advisor for the Certificate in Solo and Small Law Practice. A student may apply for admission beginning with the registration period for the third semester of law school. However, no application may be made after the drop/add period in a student’s final semester.