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The UM School of Law has partnered with other University of Mississippi Departments to offer accelerated, interdisciplinary programs allowing students early admission to the public university’s School of Law. Through the Accelerated Law Program, students can be admitted into a fast-tracked bachelor and law degree program, trimming a full year off of the time it would take to earn both degrees independently. A joint degree offers graduates unique flexibility and the opportunity to pursue special areas offered at Ole Miss, such as concentrations in business law, air and space law, sports and entertainment law, and criminal law.

Curriculum

Students in the accelerated law program would take the same foundation courses as other undergraduate students.  Instead of a senior year in advanced study in a specific discipline, this degree program requires 33 credit hours –which will count as the first year of law school.

Timing

Students can consider the Accelerated Law Program before or while pursuing their undergraduate degree.  Full time study for an undergraduate degree takes four to five years and a law degree takes three years.  Through the joint degree program, students are generally able to pursue both degrees in six years. Students interested should contact their academic advisor in their freshman/sophomore year so they can be on track to finish in time.

Partner Departments

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and be admitted to their undergraduate degree programs and inform their academic advisor that they are interested in the accelerated law program. Students must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order to be considered for admission to the UM School of Law. Two of the primary factors considered in the admission process are performance on the LSAT and undergraduate grade-point average, the student’s personal statement and academic letters of recommendation are important as well. View our 1L class profile to see median scored and undergraduate grade point averages.

Scholarships

All applicants are given automatic consideration for scholarships for the UM School of Law.  Most of these scholarships are merit-based, but we also review applicants holistically based on academic excellence, contributions of diversity to the class, and residency.  Scholarships cover the cost of resident or nonresident tuition.

Advantages

  • Students would receive two degrees in less time than would be required if degrees were pursued sequentially.
  • Students can take advantage of tuition savings and enter the workforce sooner.

Accelerated Law Program Summary of Coursework

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Writing (WRIT 101) 3 Writing (WRIT 102) 3
Calculus I (MATH 261) 3 Calculus II (MATH 262) 3
General Chemistry I (CHEM 105) 3 General Chemistry II (CHEM 106) 3
Chemistry Lab I (CHEM 115) 1 Chemistry Lab II (CHEM 116) 1
Social Science 3 Computer Programming (CSCI 251) 3
Social Science 3 Engineering Graphics (ENGR 207) 1
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 14

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Calculus III (MATH 263) 3 Calculus IV (MATH 264) 3
Physics for Sci & Eng. I (PHYS 211) 3 Differential Equations (MATH 353) 3
Physics Lab I (PHYS 221) 1 Physics for Sci & Eng. II (PHYS 212) 3
Engineering Analysis I (ENGR 310) 3 Physics Lab II (PHYS 222) 1
Material Science (ENGR 313) 3 Engineering Mechanics (ENGR 309) 3
Humanities 3 Fine Arts 3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Electric Circuit Theory (ENGR 360) 3 Elec. Circuit Thry. Lab (ENGR 361) 1
Engineering Leadership (ENGR 400) 1 Thermodynamics (ENGR 321) 3
Engr. Systems Anal. & Design (ENGR 330) 3 Engineering Elective 3
Engineering Elective 3 Engineering Elective 3
Humanities or Fine Arts 6 Social Science, Humanities, or Fine Arts 6
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Legal Research and Writing I (LAW 514) 3 Criminal Law (LAW 568) 3
Torts (LAW 502) 4 Civil Procedure (LAW 503) 3
Property (LAW 504) 4 Contract Negotiation & Drafting 3
Contracts (LAW 501) 4 Legal Research and Writing II (LAW 515) 3
TOTAL 15 Constitutional Law I (LAW 507) 3
Elective (TBD) 3
TOTAL 18