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PLACEMENT OFFICE TYPE CITY STATE
Department of Homeland Security Immigrant and Customs Enforcement+

This placement offers a unique opportunity for students interested in immigration law to extern with the Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS, as they enforce U.S. immigration law. Externs can expect to learn about immigration law from this placement through observation and participation. Students are offered the opportunity to attend immigration hearings and appear in court on behalf of the federal government under the supervision of an experienced attorney. While having taken Immigration Law prior to or coextensive with this placement is encouraged, it is not required; the office will provide the necessary training for the student’s successful experience with the office. This office values the students and provides a true mentorship experience. Note that this is a nationally competitive placement. Students interested in a placement with ICE should plan ahead.

Criminal Memphis TN
District Attorney – 16th Circuit+

Students assigned to District Attorneys Office in the 16th Circuit work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. Additionally, unique to Mississippi, and when appropriate, students may also participate in the grand jury charging process. Students should expect to learn how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases. Students assigned to the 16th Circuit District Attorney, typically work out of the Columbus and or Starkville office, but also have the opportunity to travel to courthouses in the seven counties encompassing the 16th Circuit.

Criminal Starkville MS
District Attorney 17th Circuit+

Students assigned to District Attorneys Office in the 17th Circuit out of Batesville can expect to work with Assistant District Attorneys as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. Additionally, unique to Mississippi, and when appropriate, students may also participate in the grand jury charging process. Students should expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases. The Batesville office is part of the 17th Circuit. Students assigned to the Batesville office may also at times work out of the main office located in Hernando, MS.

Criminal Batesville MS
District Attorney 17th Circuit+

Students assigned to District Attorneys Office in the 17th Circuit out of Hernando can expect to work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. Additionally, unique to Mississippi, and when appropriate, students may also participate in the grand jury charging process. Students should expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases.

Criminal Hernando MS
District Attorney- 1st Circuit+

Students assigned to District Attorneys Office in the 1st Circuit can expect to work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and may have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. Additionally, unique to Mississippi, and when appropriate, students may also participate in the grand jury charging process. This is a placement involving a high number of cases both in and out of trial. Students should expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases, as well as become familiar with Mississippi criminal law, criminal procedure and court rules.

Criminal Tupelo MS
District Attorney – 2nd Circuit+

Students assigned to District Attorney’s Office in the 2nd Circuit work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Students are typically assigned to work with Assistant District Attorneys in the main Gulfport office, but occasionally students may also be assigned to the Biloxi office. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. Additionally, unique to Mississippi, and when appropriate, students may also participate in the grand jury charging process. This office traditionally accepts several Ole Miss Law students each year and truly welcomes and enjoys supervising and mentoring our students.

Criminal Gulfport MS
District Attorney 3rd Circuit+

Students assigned to District Attorneys Office in the 3rd Circuit work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. Additionally, unique to Mississippi, and when appropriate, students may also participate in the grand jury charging process. Students can expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases. Students assigned to the 3rd Circuit District Attorney, typically work out of the Oxford office, but also have the opportunity to travel to courthouses in the seven counties encompassing the 3rd Circuit.

Criminal Oxford MS
District Attorney – Dallas+

Students placed as externs with the Dallas District Attorney’s office are typically placed in one of several divisions or sections, and work alongside teams of Assistant District Attorneys and staff fulfilling the mission of the District Attorney’s Office. Foremost the student should expect to work closely with the prosecutors in their daily activities of running a court docket, interacting with defense attorney’s, working on cases set for trial and all of the courtroom activity involved in trial. The benefit obtained by the student is an in-depth exposure to the relevant skills necessary to practice law as a prosecuting attorney including the opportunity to confront and discuss real ethical issues raised in the practice of law as well as an opportunity to make a concrete contribution to the community. Students can expect to gain familiarity with Texas court procedure, criminal law and criminal procedure. This office typically draws students from Texas and surrounding law schools, but have also in the past accepted Ole Miss Law students. Interested students need to plan ahead and also submit the Dallas District Attorney’s student application (see link below) as well as undergo a background investigation.

Criminal Dallas TX
District Attorney – Ft. Worth+

Students assigned to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office typically work closely with prosecutors in their daily activities of running a court docket, interacting with defense attorney’s, working on cases set for trial and all of the courtroom activity involved in trial. The benefit obtained by the student is an in-depth exposure to the relevant skills necessary to practice law as a prosecuting attorney including the opportunity to confront and discuss real ethical issues raised in the practice of law as well as an opportunity to make a concrete contribution to the community. Students interested in doing an externship with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office need to plan ahead and apply the semester (or earlier) before their anticipated placement. Interested students, in addition to completing the law school externship application, also need to apply directly to the District Attorney and be accepted by the office. Note that an extensive background check is part of the application.

Criminal Fort Worth TX
District Attorney General, 20th Judicial District+

Students assigned to Nashville District Attorney General’s office work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases for Davidson County, Nashville, TN. Students assigned as externs with the Nashville District Attorney General’s office are typically assigned to one of several divisions, and then work closely with the prosecutors and staff in such division. Under the Tennessee Limited Practice act qualified students can be admitted as limited practice student attorneys and when appropriate appear and speak in court. Students should expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases, as well as become familiar with Tennessee rules of court and criminal law and procedure. This office typically welcomes Ole Miss law students, but also gets applications from Tennessee and national law schools. Interested students should plan ahead and apply early. Further information regarding the Nashville DAG’s externship program can be found at

Criminal Nashville TN
District Attorney General – Shelby County+

Students assigned to District Attorney General Office in Memphis, Tennessee can expect to work with Assistant District Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. This is a high volume prosecutor’s office in a large metropolitan area. Students should expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases, as well as develop familiarity with Tennessee criminal law and procedure.

Criminal Memphis TN
District Attorney – Houston+

Students placed as externs with the Harris County District Attorney’s office are assigned to work directly with experienced trial attorneys and assist such prosecutors with a wide range of duties. Some of these duties typically include: (1) victim and witness interviews and documentation of these in the prosecution file; (2) assistance with formal plea procedures; (3) trial preparation; (4) research and writing; and (4) assistance with jury selection and jury trials. Students also routinely accompany prosecutors to court to observe and help with court dockets, hearings, and trials. Students can expect to gain familiarity with Texas court procedure, criminal law and criminal procedure. This office typically draws students from Texas and surrounding law schools, but have also in the past accepted Ole Miss Law students. Interested students need to plan ahead and also submit the Houston District Attorney’s student application (see link below) as well as undergo a background investigation.

Criminal Houston TX
Family Safety Center+

The Family Safety Center is an outreach service available for people suffering from Domestic Violence. It is effectively able to serve the hurting families of Memphis and Shelby County who are caught up in the trauma of domestic violence. The mission of the Family Safety Center is to combine civil, criminal, health and social services for victims of family violence in one location. Ultimately, the center strives to reduce incidents of domestic violence and strengthen families. Externs would be responsible for aiding the victims by helping them navigate through the many services available to them. This typically includes working alongside the Assistant District Attorney General assigned to assist the Family Safety Center clients in court proceedings. This is a highly specialized and sensitive placement, and entails a rigorous application, selection and screening process.

Public Service Memphis TN
Federal Public Defender – Northern District of Mississippi+

The Federal Public Defender’s office in the Northern District of Mississippi placement offers students the opportunity to work alongside Assistant Federal Public Defenders in The Northern District of Mississippi as they represent indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in federal court. Students can expect to learn about federal public defense from the the inception of a case through client interview, investigation, discovery, motions, trial, sentencing and appeal. Students placed with the Federal Public Defender’s office get the benefit of learning federal criminal law in a small office setting with dedicated federal defenders.

Criminal Oxford MS
Georgia Center for the Homeless+

The Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, a non-profit organization, provides free legal services to the homeless in civil cases throughout Metropolitan Atlanta. The Law Center assists the homeless with all types of civil legal problems and also provides advocacy on behalf of clients in administrative proceedings. The Law Center has appeared on behalf of clients and Federal and State Courts and the Court of Appeals. Students should expect to assist in all aspects of the litigation performed in the office. The Georgia Center for the Homeless is comprised of attorneys and staff dedicated to the zealous representation of the homeless and working poor in Atlanta, Georgia. Students interested in public service and genuinely putting their legal skills to use advocating for people truly in need of legal assistance, in a true mentorship office dedicated to public service, should consider this placement.

Public Service Atlanta GA
Marion County Prosecutor’s Office+

Students assigned to Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, IN, (Marion County) work with Prosecutors and staff as they investigate, prepare, charge, and prosecute felony criminal cases. Third year students assigned as prosecutor externs can be sworn in as limited practice students and often have the opportunity to appear and speak in court. This office has accepted Ole Miss Law students in the past. However, they draw primarily from schools in Indiana and surrounding states. The office provides a genuine and mentorship focused externship program. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. Students should expect to be exposed to and learn about how to put a case together, provide discovery, charge, negotiate, and try criminal cases, as well as Indiana criminal law and procedure.

Criminal Indianapolis IN
Memphis Immigration Court+

This placement offers students interested in immigration law the opportunity to extern with the Immigration Court Memphis, TN, applying and enforcing U.S. immigration law. Students can expect to work with the Immigration judges and their staff as they adjudicate matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. Possible matters include whether aliens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible or removable from the United States, as well as various other immigration matters including waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Students typically engage in in-depth research and analysis and prepare memoranda and decision opinions on these and other issues. Having taken, or concurrently taking, Immigration Law, is recommended.

Judicial Memphis TN
Memphis, Light, Gas & Water General Counsel Memphis TN
Mississippi Center for Justice+

The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to advance racial and economic justice through systemic change by promoting educational opportunities, protect consumer rights, secure access to healthcare, and advocate for affordable housing for all Mississippians. This placement provides students interested in public service, community and legal advocacy the opportunity to work alongside attorneys and staff as they fulfill the Center’s mission. The Center’s main office is located in Jackson, MS, with satellite offices in the Delta (Indianapolis) and the Gulf Coast (Biloxi). Students placed in this placement can expect to gain experience in both public service advocacy and litigation, the focus of the work being dependent on the student’s interests and the Center’s pending cases and focus at the time.

Public Service Jackson MS
Mississippi State Personnel Board+

This placement offers an opportunity for students to work alongside the attorneys in the Mississippi State Personnel Board (PSCRB) as they provide legal counsel to the State of Mississippi. The MSPB provides human resources policy and oversight for state government, serving 129 agencies, boards, and commissions and over 27,000 state employees. Students assigned to this placement can expect to gain experience in the workings of state government as they assist agency counsel in review of legal questions and issues presented by state agencies and MSPB staff. Work may include conducting legal research, draft advisory memorandum, assist hearing officers at Employee Appeals Boards, attend public Board meetings, develop human resource training and guidelines, and assist with special projects. Students can expect to develop an intimate knowledge of state and federal employment laws and policies.

Agency Jackson MS
Mississippi State State General Counsel+

This placement offers a unique opportunity for students to work alongside the attorneys in the Office of General Counsel as they provide legal counsel to the University community ensuring the continued success of the University’s educational, instructional, research and public service programs. The work of the Office of General Counsel is as varied as it is fascinating, touching upon litigation, state and federal law and regulations, contract, litigation support and institutional policies and procedures, to name a few areas. The one student selected for this placement, will work with the attorneys and staff in the General Counsel’s office located on the Mississippi State campus.

General Counsel Starkville MS
North Mississippi Health Services General Counsel+

This placement offers students the opportunity to work in the Office of General Counsel of the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. MS. Students can expect to work alongside the General Counsel and his staff in the general counsel’s office on a range of matters including but not limited to health law related issues. As with all general counsel’s offices for large health care facilities, students can expect to be exposed to and work on a wide variety of matters ranging from employment law to health care regulations, and all things in between. In fact, while students interested in health care law are generally drawn to this placements, externs typically comment, in a positive manner, upon how unexpectedly varied and broad their work assignments were.

Public Service Tupelo MS
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services+

This placement offers a unique opportunity where students can work on a range of legal problems faced by low-income individuals in the largest public service legal office dedicated to serving indigent legal needs in Northern Mississippi. Students can typically choose among family law, consumer law, housing issues, bankruptcy as well as health law matters. Students can focus on matters that interest them as well as be exposed to new areas of the law, all the while helping provide much needed legal aid in an office conveniently located in Oxford. This office has a dedicated history of working with Ole Miss law students and prides itself on incorporating students in its work and mission in a true mentorship fashion.

Public Service Oxford MS
Public Defender – Hinds County+

The Hinds County Public Defender placement offers students the opportunity to work alongside Assistant Public Defenders in Hinds County as they represent indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in a high volume court system. Students can expect to experience and learn about client interviews, (many times in a jail setting), investigation, prepare for, observe, and when appropriate participate in motions hearings as well as trials. This placement offers students the opportunity to participate and experience the work of a public defense in a high volume setting. Students can expect to become familiar with Hinds County court procedure, as well as Mississippi criminal law and procedure.

Criminal Jackson MS
Public Defender – Shelby County+

The Shelby County Public Defender placement offers students the opportunity to work alongside Assistant Public Defenders in Shelby County as they represent indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in a high volume court system. Students can expect to experience and learn about client interviews, (many times in a jail setting), investigation, prepare for and observe motions hearings as well as trials. Students can be sworn in as limited practice students and when appropriate may be assigned to handle aspects of pending cases. Students are typically placed in one of several divisions, including felony, juvenile and capital, among others. This placement offers students the opportunity to participate and experience the work of a public defense in a high volume setting. Students can expect to become familiar with Shelby County court procedure, as well as Tennessee criminal law and procedure.

Criminal Memphis TN
St. Jude Memphis General Counsel+

This externship offers a unique opportunity to work in the legal counsel’s office at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. St. Jude is a world renowned medical facility that draws talented people worldwide to support their mission of advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. The student extern works with the in-house counsel legal team on all facets of law pertaining to a world-class medical facility. As with all general counsel’s offices for large health care facilities, students can expect to work on a wide variety of matters ranging from employment law to health care regulations, and all things in between. In fact, while students interested in health care law are generally drawn to this placements, externs typically comment, in a positive manner, upon how unexpectedly varied and broad their work assignments were. This is a nationally competitive placement. Accordingly, interested students are encouraged to plan ahead.

General Counsel Memphis TN
The Honorable Bankruptcy Court Judge Katharine M. Samson+

This bankruptcy court externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Bankruptcy Judge Samson. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Samson, her judicial assistant and law clerk, assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda, hone and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Bankruptcy law is a both a specialized field, and one that encompasses many ancillary matters and issues. Students assigned to Judge Samson can expect to observe and learn this specialized field of law through observation and working on actual bankruptcy cases in a high volume setting. This is an ideal placement for students interested in the field of bankruptcy, and who have ideally taken bankruptcy law prior to their placement.

Judicial Gulfport MS
The Honorable Bankruptcy Judge Jason D. Woodard+

This bankruptcy court externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Bankruptcy Judge Woodard. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Woodard, his judicial assistant and law clerk, assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda, hone and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Bankruptcy law is a both a specialized field, and one that encompasses many ancillary matters and issues. Students assigned to Judge Woodard can expect to observe and learn this specialized field of law through observation and working on actual bankruptcy cases in a high volume setting. This is an ideal placement for students interested in the field of bankruptcy, and who have ideally taken bankruptcy law prior to their placement.

Judicial Aberdeen MS
The Honorable Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack+

This bankruptcy court externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Bankruptcy Judge Olack. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Olack, his judicial assistant and law clerk(s), assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda, hone and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Bankruptcy law is a both a specialized field, and one that encompasses many ancillary matters and issues. Students assigned to Judge Olack can expect to observe and learn this specialized field of law through observation and working on actual bankruptcy cases in a high volume setting as well as get exposure to the ancillary matters falling under the jurisdiction of bankruptcy court. This is an ideal placement for students interested in the field of bankruptcy, and who have ideally taken bankruptcy law prior to their placement.

Judicial Jackson MS
The Honorable Chancery Judge Jacqueline Mask+

Students placed with the Honorable Chancery Court Judge Jacqueline Mask can expect to assist the Court with research and opinion drafting, partake in chambers case meetings with Judge and attorneys, assist in case scheduling, handle attorney inquiries to Chambers and observe court hearings and trials. In working closely with the Judge and her staff in a true mentorship relation, the student has a unique opportunity to learn from observing and participating in the work of a Chancery Court. In addition to observe the workings of Chancery Court in general, this is also a great opportunity for students to see the Mississippi Chancery Court Rules and Mississippi Family Law put into practice, and to become familiar with such rules, law and procedure.

Judicial Tupelo MS
The Honorable Chancery Judge Robert Q. Whitwell+

A student placed with the Honorable Chancery Court Judge Robert Whitwell can expect to assist the Court with research and opinion drafting, partake in chambers case meetings with Judge and attorneys, assist in case scheduling, assist with the handling of attorney inquiries to Chambers and observe court hearings and trials. In working closely with the Judge and his staff in a true mentorship relation, the student has a unique opportunity to learn from observing and participating in the work of a Chancery Court. Judge Whitwell sits in Oxford, but also travels the Circuit throughout the 18th Chancery Court district (Lafayette, Marshall, Benton, Tippah and Calhoun counties). When possible, students assigned to Judge Whitwell are encouraged to ride the circuit with the Judge and his staff. In addition to observing the workings of Chancery Court in general, this is also a great opportunity for students to observe the Mississippi Chancery Court Rules and Mississippi Family Law put into practice, and to become familiar with such rules, law and procedure.

Judicial Oxford MS
The Honorable Chancery Judge Vicki Cobb+

Students placed with the Honorable Chancery Court Judge Vicki Cobb can expect to assist the Court with research and opinion drafting, partake in chambers case meetings with Judge and attorneys, assist in case scheduling, handle attorney inquiries to Chambers and observe court hearings and trials. In working closely with the Judge and her staff in a true mentorship relation, the student has a unique opportunity to learn from observing and participating in the work of a Chancery Court. In addition to observe the workings of Chancery Court in general, this is also a great opportunity for students to see the Mississippi Chancery Court Rules and Mississippi Family Law put into practice, and to become familiar with such rules, law and procedure.

Judicial Batesville MS
The Honorable Circuit Court Judge Andy Howorth- Drug Court+

Through this placement, students get the opportunity to combine a judicial placement with Circuit Judge Howorth and also be part of the operations of the Drug Court for the Third Circuit District. As such, students have the opportunity to learn from observing and participating in the work of a Circuit Court Judge, assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda, hone and improve their research and writing skills, participate in pre-trial conferences and observe court hearings, and learn about and participate in a specialized Drug Court program. Students can expect to work with several of the judges in the Third Circuit, as well as with the leadership and staff of the Drug Court Program. For the former, the students can expect exposure to all matters that fall under the general jurisdiction of a Circuit court; for the latter, students can expect to be exposed and assist in the operation of an extensive Drug Court program located in the Courthouse on the Oxford Square.

Judicial Oxford MS
The Honorable Circuit Court Judge Smith Murphy+

This placement with Circuit Judge Murphy provides students the opportunity to learn from observing and participating in the work of a Circuit Court Judge. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Murphy, assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda, hone and improve their research and writing skills, participate in pre-trial conferences and observe court hearings, all in a true mentorship environment. Judge Murphy sits primarily in New Albany, but also covers cases in the 17th Circuit Court District, (DeSoto, Tate, Panola, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha counties). This is a great opportunity for students to observe and learn the workings of a Mississippi Circuit Court. While students can expect to be exposed to all matters falling under the jurisdiction of Circuit court, a large part of the cases handled are typically criminal matters.

Judicial New Albany MS
The Honorable District Judge Michael P. Mills+

This placement with the Honorable Judge Michael Mills for the Northern District of Mississippi provides students the opportunity to observe, learn, and participate in the workings of a federal district court chambers. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Mills and his law clerks, assist in research projects, draft legal opinions, hone and improve their writing skills, participate in pre-trial conferences and observe court hearings and trials, all in a true mentorship environment. Students assigned to Judge Mills, a true Renaissance man and Southern gentleman, can also expect to, and should enjoy and treasure, an exposure to law, literature and history.

Judicial Oxford MS
The Honorable Justice Dawn Beam+

This judicial externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Beam. Students can expect to work closely with Justice Beam, her judicial assistant and law clerk(s), assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda and opinion drafts, home and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Students assigned to the Honorable Justice Beam’s chambers can expect to become familiar with Mississippi Supreme Court rules, learn the unique craft of opinion drafting, as well as gain an understanding of the behind the scenes working of a state supreme court, all unique aspects of the law.

Judicial Jackson MS
The Honorable Justice James D. Maxwell+

This judicial externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Maxwell. Students can expect to work closely with Justice Maxsell, his judicial assistant and law clerk(s), assist in research projects, write legal memoranda and opinion drafts, hone and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Students assigned to the Justice Maxwell’s chambers can expect to become familiar with Mississippi Supreme Court rules, learn the unique craft of opinion drafting, as well as gain an understanding of the behind the scenes workings of a state supreme court, all unique aspects of the law.

Judicial Jackson MS
The Honorable Justice James Kitchens+

This externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens. Students can expect to work closely with Justice Kitchens, his judicial assistant and law clerk(s), assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda and opinion drafts, home and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Students assigned to the Honorable Justice Kitchens’ chambers can expect to become familiar with Mississippi Supreme Court rules, learn the unique craft of opinion drafting, as well as the behind the scenes working of a state supreme court, all unique aspects of the law.

Judicial Jackson MS
The Honorable Justice Josiah Coleman+

This judicial externship placement provides students the opportunity to observe, learn and participate in the workings of the chambers of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Coleman. Students can expect to work closely with Justice Coleman, his judicial assistant and law clerk(s), assist in research projects, draft legal memoranda and opinion drafts, home and improve their writing skills, and observe oral arguments, all in a true mentorship environment. Students assigned to the Honorable Justice Coleman’s chambers can expect to become familiar with Mississippi Supreme Court rules, learn the unique craft of opinion drafting, as well as the behind the scenes working of a state supreme court, all unique aspects of the law.

Judicial Jackson MS
The Honorable Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders+

This placement with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Sanders for the Northern District of Mississippi provides students the opportunity to observe, learn, and participate in the workings of a federal magistrate court chambers. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Sanders and his law clerks, assist in research projects, draft legal opinions, hone and improve their writing skills, participate in pre-trial conferences and observe court hearings, all in a true mentorship environment.

Judicial Oxford MS
The Honorable Magistrate Judge Joyette Holmes+

This placement with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Joyette Holmes for the Cobb County Magistrate Court provides students the opportunity to observe, learn, and participate in the workings of a Georgia state magistrate court chambers. Students work closely with Judge Holmes and her law clerks, assist in research projects, draft legal opinions, hone and improve their writing skills, participate in pre-trial conferences and observe court hearings, all in a true mentorship environment. Students can expect to be exposed to pre-trial matters as well as trial, and become familiar with Georgia rules of court and law.

Judicial Marietta GA
The Honorable Magistrate Judge Roy Percy+

This placement with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Roy Percy for the Northern District of Mississippi provides students the opportunity to observe, learn, and participate in the workings of a federal magistrate court chambers. Students can expect to work closely with Judge Percy and his law clerks, assist in research projects, draft legal opinions, hone and improve their writing skills, participate in pre-trial conferences and observe court hearings, all in a true mentorship environment.

Judicial Oxford MS
UMMC Jackson General Counsel+

This placement offers students the opportunity to work in the Office of General Counsel of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Students can expect to work with the attorneys and staff in the General Counsel’s office on a range of matters including but not limited to health law related issues. As with all general counsel’s offices for large health care facilities, students can expect to be exposed to and work on a wide variety of matters ranging from employment law to health care regulations, and all things in between. In fact, while students interested in health care law are generally drawn to this placements, externs typically comment, in a positive manner, upon how unexpectedly varied and broad their work assignments were.

General Counsel Jackson MS
United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Mississippi+

Students assigned to United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Mississippi can expect to work with Assistant United States Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, and handle federal criminal and civil cases. Students typically also get to work with various federal law enforcement agents, as well observe matters and hearings in magistrate and district court. United States Attorney externs also work on extensive research and writing projects, including at times appellate matters in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Third year students can be sworn in as limited practice students in the Northern District of Mississippi, and when appropriate may be assigned to participate in hearings an misdemeanor trials.

Criminal Oxford MS
United States Attorney’s Office – Western District of Tennessee+

Students assigned to United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Tennessee can expect to work with Assistant United States Attorneys and staff as they investigate, prepare, and handle federal criminal and civil cases. Students typically also get to work with Assistant United States Attorneys, as well observe matters and hearings in magistrate and district courts. Externs also typically have the opportunity to work on extensive research and writing projects, including at times appellate matters in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Criminal Memphis TN
University of Mississippi Athletics Compliance+

The Athletic Compliance Externship gives law students the unique opportunity to use legal research and writing skills in a non-traditional legal environment. Students are exposed to the inner workings of the athletic department’s compliance office, which includes interaction with other University departments, such as Athletics Administration, Financial Aid, and Admissions. In this placement, students gain practical experience and knowledge of NCAA and SEC rules through a variety of projects, which are not limited to online research of rules databases, drafting waivers and requests, and creating education materials for athletics staff and student-athletes. Collegiate athletics offices in general, and compliance offices specifically, more and more are drawing upon law graduates for their staff. An externship in the Ole Miss Athletics Compliance Office is an excellent way for students get ahead in this growing market.

Public Service Oxford MS
University of Mississippi General Counsel+

This placement offers a unique opportunity for students to work alongside the attorneys in the Office of General Counsel as they provide legal counsel to the University community ensuring the continued success of the University’s educational, instructional, research and public service programs. The work of the University General Counsel is as varied as it is fascinating, touching upon litigation, state and federal law and regulations, contract, litigation support and institutional policies and procedures, to name a few areas. The one student selected for this placement, works with a small staff of three attorneys in the General Counsel’s office, conveniently located in the Lyceum on the Ole Miss campus.

General Counsel Oxford MS
University of Mississippi Tech & Management+

While working for the University of Mississippi Department of Technology Management Transfer Office a student should expect to be responsible for maintaining an up to date information on pending and issued patents. Students will be expected to do prior art searches, meet with inventors to discuss pending patents, and conduct market research to assess the profitability and licensing opportunity for patents. Furthermore, students should expect to review and brief actions from the United States Patent and Trademarking Office. Students should further expect to hone and improve their legal writing and research skills all while participating in a truly exceptional mentorship environment. The one student selected for this placement in the fall or spring semesters, (students are not placed here for the summer term), works with a small staff of three attorneys in the Technology and Management office, conveniently located on the Ole Miss campus.

Public Service Oxford MS
Veterans Administration+

Students placed with the Office of General Counsel for the Continental District East of the Veterans Administration, can expect to work alongside General Counsel attorneys and staff in the areas of Employment, Labor, Health Law, Torts, Collections, Loan Guaranty, Contracts, Veterans Benefits and Government Ethics related to Drug Studies. The precise focus of each student’s work will depend upon the matters pending at the time of the placement and the student’s interests. However, in general, a student can expect to observe and participate in the day to day operations of a district government legal office, including among other matters management issues, time tracking, workload distribution and case assignment. The nature and subject of such matters vary, but may include release of information, employment, tort issues and legal issues involving litigation before the United States District Court. The extern is expected to assist with file and document preparation, follow up (including phone calls) and review in investigating tort claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disability Act and Amendments. The extern can also expect to assist with drafting training aids and assisting with training and outreach, prepare for, observe and assist with Equal Employment and U.S. Merit System Protection Board hearings, mediations and arbitrations, tort litigation, and other types of hearings, as well as undertake legal research on issues that come up through the course of the handling of such matters including interviewing witnesses and assisting with witness preparation, and in general draft, edit and write legal documents such as memoranda of law, motions, administrative investigative reports and briefs. In short, this placement offers a student the opportunity to work in a legal setting in one of our largest federal departments.

General Counsel Jackson MS