Mississippi has often been the center of legal controversy. From civil rights struggles to religious freedom bills and debates over gay marriage, the state is frequently the battleground for issues of social progress. For conservatives, Mississippi is a stronghold of traditional values, while liberals looking to make a difference know that practice in the state can result in meaningful change. Either way, the state has much to offer those looking for an impactful relationship with the law.
If you want to study law in Mississippi, there are two schools with American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation to choose from, each of which has distinct advantages and drawbacks. The following article looks at the differences in Mississippi's law schools.
The University of Mississippi School of Law
Although neither of Mississippi's law schools ranks particularly well in the U.S. News and World Reports' annual law school rankings, Ole Miss's School of Law ranks better by a fairly generous margin.
The University of Mississippi School of Law is also considerably less expensive at $18,000 annually for in-state students. Out-of-state students can expect to pay nearly the same tuition at either school.
Located in Oxford, the University of Mississippi hosts one of the oldest public law schools in the nation. It also offers the country's only dedicated aerospace law curriculum at an ABA-accredited school. Graduates have packed the ranks of Mississippi politics, including governors, senators, federal and state judges. Another famous alum is author John Grisham.
Mississippi College School of Law
MC Law is not ranked well nationally. It fails, at times, to even chart on the national lists, meaning that it fell among the bottom 25% of accredited law schools in the nation. It is also twice as expensive as Ole Miss, with tuition of about $36,000 a year. However, rankings aren't everything, and MC Law may be the right choice for some students.
MC Law was renovated in 2005, dramatically expanding its facilities. Located in Jackson, the state's capital and largest urban center, attendance may offer significant opportunities for those interested in politics, governance, and the public sector.
The school's certificate in Louisiana Civil Law may attract students considering cross-border practice or relocation to Louisiana following graduation. Another important consideration is the fact that rankings aside, post-graduation employment figures at MC Law have, at times, exceeded those of Ole' Miss.
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