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Family & Children’s Law

Provide vital services to children in the legal system and while getting practical legal training.

Dive Deep into Mississippi Family Law at MC’s Family and Children’s Law Center.

The Family and Children’s Law Center is both a valuable resource for students and a ministry for children in Mississippi. The Center equips students and community volunteers with the skills required to shepherd children in need of an advocate through the court system.

Discover the dramatic impact family law has on the community 

The Family and Children’s Law Center includes substantive courses, clinical experiences, and a student run society. Courses include:

  • Domestic Relations
  • Civil Law of Family and Persons
  • Current Issues in Family Law
  • Children in the Legal System
  • Juvenile Legal Issues Seminar
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Civil Law of Successions and Donations
  • Race and the Law
  • Bioethics and the Law

Under faculty supervision, second and third year law students have the opportunity to participate in Youth Court and Chancery Court on child-related cases or serve as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem. Annual Guardian ad Litem trainings offered through MC/Law CLE Department are also an integral part of the Center.

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The Child Advocacy Program and Legal Clinics are the heart of the Family and Children’s Law Center

The center’s Adoption Legal Clinic provides free legal assistance to families who wish to adopt, and matches those families with law student attorneys who can help make the dream of a family come true.

Explore Family and Children’s Law Clinical Experience Options Available at MC.

Contact The Family & Children’s Law Center

Shirley Kennedy

Director, Family and Children’s Law Center
Director, Child Advocacy Programs
phone: 601.925.7180
fax: 601.925.7182