Learning Outcomes

On conferral of the Juris Doctor degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
  • Effectively employ legal analysis and reasoning;
  • Engage in efficient and effective legal research;
  • Formulate solutions to legal problems;
  • Use written and oral communication in the legal context;
  • Exercise proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system;
  • Draft Legal Documents

First Year

Required Courses

  • Law 503 Civil Procedure I (3 credits, one semester)
  • Law 507 Constitutional Law I (3 credits, one semester)
  • Law 501 Contracts (4 credits, one semester)
  • Law 568 Criminal Law (3 credits, one semester)
  • Law 514 & 515 Legal Research and Writing I & II (6 credits, two semesters)
  • Law 504 Property (4 credits, one semester)
  • Law 502 Torts (4 credits, one semester)
  • Law 577 Civil Procedure II (3 credits, one semester)
  • Law 590 Contract Drafting and Negotiation (3 credits, winter intersession)

Second & Third Year

Required Courses

  • Legal Profession 603 (3)

Skills Requirement: You must successfully complete three skills credit hours in addition to Law 590 Contract Drafting and Negotiation

Writing Requirement: During the second or third year of law study, each student must select and complete one course from a list of writing courses designated each year by the Curriculum Committee. The courses and seminars each require a substantial writing component, involving the application of knowledge and skills gained from several areas of legal study, or in-depth research and analysis of legal issues in a specialized field of law.

General Requirements: A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (C) or better must be earned in order for a student to be eligible to graduate. To complete the 90-credit-hours requirement for graduation, the student is given a wide choice of elective courses during the second and third years.

Recommended Courses: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Registrar hold annual meetings to advise students on selecting classes for their 2L and 3L years.  The Associate Dean and members of the faculty are also available to meet with students individually. In addition, students should contact the Board of Bar Admissions in the state where they plan to take the bar in order to determine the areas of law covered by the exam.


Elective Courses

*Indicates courses that are rarely taught.

  • Academic Legal Writing 745 (2-3)
  • Accounting 670 (1)
  • Administrative Law 605 (2-3)
  • Admiralty Law 628 (3)*
  • Advocacy Competition 761 (1)
  • Advanced Legal Ethics 749 (2-3)
  • Advanced Legal Research 720 (1-3)
  • Advanced Legal Writing 712 (3)
  • Advanced Legal Topics I 771 (1-3)
  • Advanced Legal Topics II 772 (1-3)
  • Advanced Legal Topics III 773 (1-3)
  • Advanced Legal Topics IV 774 (1-3)
  • Advanced Legal Topics V 775 (1-3)
  • Advanced Legal Topics VI 776 (1-3)
  • Advanced Torts 754 (2-3)
  • Agricultural Law 674 (2-3)*
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 651 (2-3)
  • Analytic Methods 671 (1)
  • Antitrust Law 621 (2-3)
  • Banking Law 607 (2-3)*
  • Bankruptcy 558 (3)
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization Seminar 622 (3)
  • Bar Exam Skills 591 (2-3)
  • Bioethics 665 (2-3)
  • Business Law Practicum 739 (2-3)
  • Business Planning 629 (1-3)*
  • Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process 721 (2-3)
  • Capital Structure and Valuation 672 (1)
  • Children in the Legal System 646 (1-3)
  • Clinics: General 636 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Externship 654 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Child Advocacy 690 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Housing 691 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Innocence Project 692 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Legislation and Policy 693 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Criminal Appeals 697 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Pro Bono Initiative 713 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Transactional 725 (3-12)
  • Clinics: MacArthur Justice Center 733 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Advanced 765 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Elder Law 766 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Street Law 767 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Tax 768 (3-12)
  • Clinics: Low-Income Taxpayer 769 (3-12)
  • Climate Change and Policy 738 (3)
  • Coastal and Ocean Law 675 (3)
  • Commercial Paper 694 (2-3)
  • Communications Law 673 (3)*
  • Comparative Law 643 (2-3)*
  • Comparative National Space Law 677 (1-3)*
  • Conflict Management Practicum 764 (1-3)
  • Conflict of Laws 608 (2-3)
  • Constitutional Law II 508 (3)
  • Constitutional Law Seminar 569 (3)
  • Contract Drafting 584 (2-3)*
  • Copyright Law 657 (3)*
  • Corporate Finance Law 606 (3)
  • Corporations 601 (3-4)
  • Criminal Procedure I: Investigation 635 (3-4)
  • Criminal Procedure II: Adjudication 714 (3-4)
  • Criminal Trial Evidence Skills 748 (2)
  • Criminal Trial Practice 686 (1-3)
  • Critical Race Theory 743 (2-3)*
  • Current Problems in International Law* 638 (3)
  • Cybercrime 718 (2-3)
  • Deferred Compensation 660 (3)*
  • Disability Law and Policy 717 (2-3)*
  • Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property 756 (1-3)
  • Employee Benefits 728 (3)*
  • Employer-Employee Relations 645 (3)*
  • Employment Discrimination 640 (2-3)
  • Energy Law 746 (2-3)*
  • Entertainment Law 709 (2-3)*
  • Environmental Law 581 (2-3)
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts 747 (2-3)*
  • Estate Planning 682 (2-3)
  • Evidence 600 (3-4)
  • Family Law 560 (2-3)
  • Family Law Seminar 627 (1-3)
  • Federal Habeas Corpus Law 716 (2)
  • Federal Jurisdiction 696 (2-3)
  • Federal Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers 626 (2-3)
  • Federal Trial Practice 678 (2-3)
  • Fourth Amendment Seminar 731 (2-3)
  • Gaming Law 661 (2-3)
  • General Practice 631 (2-3)
  • Gender and Law 742 (2-3)
  • Health Care Law 726 (2-3)
  • Health Care Law II 741 (3)
  • Higher Education and the Law 684 (1-3)
  • Housing Law 644 (2-3)*
  • Immigration Law 663 (2-3)*
  • Income Taxation II 702 (3)
  • Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders 633 (3)
  • Income Taxation of Individuals 613 (3)
  • Individual Study I 615 (1-4)
  • Individual Study II 715 (1-4)

 

  • Insurance 559 (2-3)
  • Intellectual Property 580 (2-3)
  • International Aviation Law 724 (3)
  • International Commercial Arbitration 722 (3)
  • International Environmental Law 656 (2-3)*
  • International Finance 543 (3)*
  • International Human Rights Law 719 (3)
  • International Intellectual Property 732 (2-3)
  • International Investment Law 757 (3)
  • International Legal Research 710 (2)
  • International Law 620 (2-3)
  • International Security Law and Policy 658 (2-3)
  • International Space Law 680 (3)
  • International Telecommunications Law 752 (1-3)
  • International Trade 575 (2-3)
  • International Aviation Financing and Leasing 753 (3)
  • Internet Law 729 (3)
  • Interviewing and Counseling 699 (1-6)
  • Journal of Space Law 583 (1-5)
  • Jurisprudence 619 (2-3)
  • Labor Law 614 (3)
  • Land Finance I 572 (2-3)*
  • Land Finance II 574 (2-3)*
  • Land Planning 632 (2-3)*
  • Land Titles 570 (1-3)*
  • Law and Economics 576 (2-3)
  • Law and Film 744 (2-3)
  • Law and Literature 653 (3)
  • Law and Medicine 695 (1-3)
  • Law and Religion 688 (2-3)
  • Law of Armed Confl ict 531 (2-3)
  • Lawyering Skills Workshop 551 (3)
  • Legal Accounting 573 (1-3)
  • Legal History 541 (2-3)*
  • Legal Problems of Indigence 639 (2-3)
  • Legal Process 659 (3)*
  • Legislation 510 (2-3)
  • Local Government Law 564 (2-3)
  • Master’s Thesis I 797 (1)
  • Master’s Thesis II 798 (1)
  • Master’s Thesis III 799 (1-6)
  • Mississippi Civil Practice 579 (2-3)
  • Mississippi Law Journal 610 (1-5)
  • Moot Court Board 666 (1-4)
  • Natural Resources Law 602 or 746 (1-2)
  • Negotiation Board 763 (1-4)
  • Oil and Gas 609 (2-3)
  • Partnership Taxation 634 (1-3)
  • Patent Law 535 (3)*
  • Political and Civil Rights 662 (3)
  • Pretrial Practice 544 (2-3)
  • Private International Air Law 751 (1-3)
  • Pro Bono Service 713 (1)
  • Problems in Evidence 637 (2-3)*
  • Problems in Criminal Procedure 652 (2-3)
  • Professional Skills (2-3)
  • Public International Air Law 751 (1-3)
  • Public Service Internship 636 (3-12)
  • Public Utility Regulation 561 (3)*
  • Remedies 642 (1-3)
  • Remote Sensing Law 655 (3)
  • School Law Seminar 648 (2-3)
  • Seamen’s Remedies 669 (2-3)*
  • Secured Transactions 571 (3)
  • Securities Regulation 650 (3)
  • Selected Legal Topics I 698 (2-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics II 701 (1-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics III 703 (1-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics IV 704 (1-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics V 705 (1-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics VI 706 (1-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics VII 707 (1-3)
  • Selected Legal Topics VIII 708 (1-3)
  • Sentencing 668 (1-3)
  • Sex Discrimination 687 (2-3)*
  • Space Security Law 736 (3)
  • Sports Law 647 (3)
  • Structure and Powers in the U.S. Constitution 727 (3)
  • Supreme Court Practice 582 (1-3)
  • Tax Problems 623 (1-3)*
  • The Prosecution Function 685 (3)
  • Trusts 604 (3)*
  • U.S. National Aviation Law 723 (3)
  • United States Domestic Space Law 679 (3)
  • White Collar Crime (3)
  • Wills and Estates 516 (1-4)
  • Wills and Trusts Drafting 630 (3)
  • Workers’ Compensation 618 (2-3)
  • Youth Court Seminar 550 (2-3)*