The School of Law at Mississippi College

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Patricia Evans
Application deadline June 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in summer

The School of Law at Mississippi College

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 57.5% – High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.19
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 149

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 57.6%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 147-152
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.78-3.44
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.19
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 149

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 100.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-153
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.79-4
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.79
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 152

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Child Advocacy students represent a child, interview, make court appearances. Legal Aid Office provides opportunity to assist the underserved, acquire basic consumer expertise, experience client interviewing. Externships provide practical experience with judges/govt agencies. Foreign study: Korea/Mexico/Germany. Legal Ctrs: Family, Bus/Tax, Bioethics/Health, Public Serv, Internatl Law, Litigation.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 87
Seminars 14
Positions available in seminars 285
Positions available in simulation courses 777
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 52
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students publish Law Review, write comments/case notes. Moot Court Board oversees appellate advocacy competition/ national competition teams. Other: Honor Court, Black Law Stu Assn, Christian Legal Society, Phi Delta Phi, Environmental Law, Federalists Society, Law Student Bar, PAD, Delta Theta Phi, Womens Bar, Trial & Defense Lawyers Assns, Federal Bar Assn, Young Democrats & Republicans.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 69
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 61
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 213
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 622
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 25
Full-time students involved in field placements 154
Full-time students involved in law journals 40
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 73
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 72

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 1
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 0
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 1
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 0
Part-time students involved in field placements 0
Part-time students involved in law journals 0
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 0

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.5:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 110
Full-time minority faculty 11.5%
Part-time minority faculty 13.1%
Total faculty 114
Total faculty (men) 54.4%
Total faculty (women) 45.6%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.3%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#40 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.78-3.44
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.19
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 147-152
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 149
Acceptance rate 57.5% – High
Student-faculty ratio 16.5:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 43.5% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.4% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 71.2% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MS
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.3%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 576

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 555

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 21

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 2.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.4%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Jackie Banes
Financial aid phone (601) 925-7110
Financial aid application deadline June 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $29,150 per year
Part-time: $926 per credit
Room and board $12,375
Books $1,200
Miscellaneous expenses $7,650
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 11.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 7.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 7.4%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 3.4%
Median grant amount $12,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$25,440
Full-time students receiving grants 29.5%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $0
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $0–$0
Part-time students receiving grants 0.0%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $110,169
Proportion who borrowed 75.8%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 23,569
Microform titles 163,273
Electronic titles 22,058
Other non-book titles 1,134
Total titles 210,034
Volumes (excluding microforms) 134,195
Volume equivalent microforms 252,061
Total volumes and volume equivalents 386,256
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 108
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 65
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 43
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 65
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 19
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 74
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 24
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 32,217
Total seats available for library users 394
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) New construction has created a law school campus with modern classrooms, seminar rooms, student center with food court, new bookstore, courtrooms, comfortable areas to study or meet with fellow students, wireless internet service, hi-tech audio/visual setups in the classrooms, three-story library, and generous parking in a downtown location proximate to government offices, law firms, & businesses.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MS
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 71.2% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 170
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 43.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 43.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 51.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 12.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $48,000
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $75,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 18%
Median public service starting salary $53,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 15.6%
Percent employed in government 10.4%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 12.6%
Percent employed in law firms 58.5%
Percent employed in public interest 2.2%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 66%
Graduates employed out-of-state 33.6%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 16
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) N/A
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) N/A
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 80.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 9.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Services helps students obtain employment/judicial clerkships; assists students with clerking, other work & volunteer opportunities while in law school; provides information on employment opportunities; sponsors an on-campus recruiting program; offers seminars to prepare for interviewing & employment. A public service employment program is available for students after their first year.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 87.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 98.1%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 0.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 13.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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