Millsaps is justly famed for the strength of its pre-professional programs, including its legal studies program. More than 10% of Millsaps students are currently in the legal studies program and attend graduate studies in law.
Law schools prize the ability to think and analyze critically and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing - skills developed by every major program that we offer. Students also benefit from the individualized guidance provided by our pre-law advisor, who helps interested students navigate the application process. Many law-related internships are available in Jackson, the seat of Mississippi state government, and give Millsaps students an additional edge in their professional preparation.
This program is not a major in itself, but is combined with any Millsaps major. Millsaps students enter law school after majoring in areas as diverse as accounting, biology, business administration, communications, English, philosophy, political science, and a wide variety of other interests and majors. Courses in business law, civil rights, constitutional law, and neuroscience and law are available for undergraduates to help them discover if they are interested in pursuing a legal career, and to help them prepare for law school.
The Pre-Law Association meets regularly under the advisement of Professor Harvey Fiser and hosts an annual Law School Forum, one of the largest in the southeast, regularly attended by 15-20 law school recruiters from around the country. Millsaps students who sat for the LSAT in 2011-12, on average scored three points above the LSAT national average, and approximately 90% of Millsaps applicants are accepted to at least one graduate law program. Each year, Millsaps sends numerous students to our regional public and private law schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama. In addition, Millsaps students have recently been admitted to prestigious law schools around the country, including Yale, Harvard, University of Virginia, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, American University, University of Texas, and University of Tennessee.
Many pre-law students are also engaged with the Millsaps Mock Trial Team, which has grown to one of the largest programs in the southeast. From its own historic Mock Trial Courtroom on campus, the Mock Trial Team begins each season in August and competes through the spring semester. The team has won numerous awards over the past several years including best attorney awards, best witness awards, and top rankings in regional competitions earning a bid to the opening rounds of the American Mock Trial Association national competition.
For students who are planning to attend law school or who are considering if the legal field is for them, Millsaps has a comprehensive program that allows you to explore the your interest in the legal field and provides the critical thinking, writing, communications and legal skills to best prepare for a successful career in law.