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Mississippi College School of Law
by Donna McGill
Established in 1930, the law school, originally named Jackson School of Law, was acquired by Mississippi College in the mid-1970s, with the main campus being in Clinton, Mississippi, a city in the north part of the state that's as historical as the state itself. Mississippi College is the oldest in the state. Interestingly, it began as a night school mostly for adults who had decided to pursue a second career within the legal sector, but who needed to maintain their current careers during the day. Even the faculty had traditional day jobs; they were practicing lawyers whose days included appearing in court or even overseeing a court. Judges and lawyers both could be seen arriving at the campus after a work day to guide those would-be lawyers into their own law careers.
Students from around the country apply every year, but with an enrollment of around 200, acceptance letters aren't received by a majority of the applicants. Women make up 45% of the enrollment and students are afforded opportunities such as Louisiana civil law, Obligations, Civil Law Property and Successions, Donations and Obligations. MCSOL also is only one of a few schools in the country that offers both Civil Law training and Common Law.
Those who attend the school these days receive the heart and souls of the professors. Many choose to stay in the heart of the political pulse of Mississippi, while others opt for the rich opportunities of the golden Gulf Coast, where opportunities for lawyers are plentiful. Still, others return to their home states where they enjoy successes due to the education received at MCSOL.
A rich database, complete with an online law library, allows students to access legal information from around the world. A massive computer room with the latest technology and faculty who believe in one on one and a ''hands on'' approach assures every opportunity possible for law students. Alumni include a federal prosecutor with a 98% conviction rate, JAG Corps lawyers, and chairmen of such boards as the Judicial Advisory Subcommittee, which oversees the Mississippi Penal Code.
For more information on this incredible law school, be sure to visit MCSOL website at Law.MC.edu. While you're there, be sure to look at the new Mississippi College school of Law Bioethics and Health Law Center. It's a revolutionary new program that allows students to see, firsthand, how the medical, legal and policy making communities come together for the good of all Americans.
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