The UM Clinical Programs

  • Offer every student an in-house clinical experience, an externship, and multiple pro bono opportunities
  • Serve low-income and disadvantaged clients across Mississippi
  • Affect systemic change through policy initiatives and law reform projects

“The variety and size of the clinical programs here are one of the school’s great strengths. Our students receive intensive practice training in a program that is helping to shape the justice system in the state. The law school has made a real, meaningful commitment to hands-on legal education combined with service to the community.” Debbie Bell, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs.

Mission Statement

The University of Mississippi Clinical Programs teach essential practice skills and professional responsibility through a reflective clinical practice that provides high-quality representation to underserved clients.  To accomplish the dual goals of educating students and increasing access to justice, the programs offer a wide range of clinical practice areas, each focused on an area of demonstrated legal need and each offering unique skills training experiences. The programs aim to graduate students with real-world experience, an understanding of ethical obligations, and a commitment to furthering broad access to the legal system.

In-house Clinics: The law school’s in-house law firm has ten practice areas:

The Clinical Externship Program: The Clinical Externship Program places 90 students a year in field placements across the country, with offerings in state and federal prosecution, public defense, legal services, judicial clerkships, government, public interest, education, sports law, entertainment and health law.

The Pro Bono Initiative: The PBI provides students with short-term immersion in practice through mini-clinics supervised by a professor and volunteer attorneys.  Students work directly with clients, collaborate on policy initiatives with state advocacy groups, and prepare and present educational programs to high school and college students.