More than just law school: MC Law makes Princeton review list / Caroline Hunt
Mississippi College Law School was recently named to the Princeton Review’s list of Best Law Schools for 2022. The Princeton Review is a college admissions resource for prospective law students, helping aspiring lawyers find their ideal candidate for higher education since 1981.
Kristian Gautier is assistant director of admissions at Mississippi College School of Law. He spoke in a law school interview making his appearance on the journal’s 2022 list.
“It’s a mark, a seal of credibility. This ensures our students that they receive a high quality education, that they will be able to obtain a job after graduation and that they will be able to pass their bar exam,” said Gautier, who is also a former MC.
MC Law is among the big names like Yale, Harvard, and Columbia Schools of Law on the list including more than 160 other law schools nationwide. This distinction means something special to the folks at MC Law, especially the admissions office.
“Here, you won’t be just another number. You are going to be a big fish in a small pond. Our faculty has an open door policy. They know their students by name. They have a relationship with them,” Gautier said. “An institution, an education and the quality of it, is more than just a university. The culture in which you are immersed, the environment in which you are surrounded [by]it is an important part of a successful law student.
Peyton Pope, a second-year law student at the institution and MC Student Law Admissions Director of Dean Ambassadors, also remarked how this recognition will affect recruitment opportunities for her office.
“This third-party validation is extremely valuable for recruitment. Admissions we can sit here and say MC is a great place to study law but to have something as big and remarkable as Princeton journal coming out and backing up what we’ve said really backs up all the claims that we’re doing,” Pope said.
MC Law was also on a Top 10 list for the magazine’s most conservative students on campus. Mississippi College ranked #9 after law schools like Brigham Young University School of Law and Louisiana State University Law School.
While some may agree that a largely conservative student population limits opportunities for inclusion and diversity, MC staff do not think so.
“Much of our law school promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion. We want our students to know that they are getting more than just an education here,” Gautier said. “They get, in essence, a change of mindset and a community with this degree.”
Speaking about the many qualifications that MC Law brings to the table, John Pyles, Vice President of Law School Student Body, outlined many unique characteristics of MC Law. Among those he mentioned were MC Law’s dedication to community service and the genuine relationships between faculty, staff and students.
“There is a tangible difference in the way they [professors] see people. The faculty really care. That sense of relationship stems from MC Law’s Christian background,” Pyles said. “It’s different from a lot of law schools. You won’t feel the same warmth from the teachers and administration. It is a culture of caring and love rooted in Christ.
The primary role of the Pyles Student Body Office is to serve the community and implement outreach opportunities for students to be helpful in the area in which they may practice law later in their careers.
“Over the past year, our law school has partnered with Jackson Public Schools, and I think we’ve had an impact there. We also partner with the Barack Obama Magnet School,” said Pyles, a sophomore law student. “Now, every Friday, we take part in what is called the Helping Hands programme. We do volunteer work like reading books in classrooms, maintaining grounds, unloading U-Haul pallets full of water, and whatever else they need from us.
Jackson Public School’s partnership with the MC Law student body won an award for itself. The Mississippi Association in Partners of Education (MAPE) announced in early March that the JPS-MC Law relationship was recognized as one of 14 recipients to receive the 2022 Mississippi Governor’s Office Awards for School-Community Partnerships.
Factors that influence the Princeton Review’s selection process for the Best Law Schools list include student success after graduation. A strong alumni network and MC Law’s location allow students to network and build professional relationships early in their law school careers.
“Because MC Law is in the heart of Jackson, students work extensively with the state legislature, in courtrooms, etc. Even our adjunct teachers at the school are practicing attorneys and judges, from true legal professionals in the community,” Pope said.
Mississippi College Law’s downtown Jackson location is essential for their law students to have significant employment opportunities and personal networking.
“We are the only law school located in the capital city of Mississippi, which means we are in the legal center of the state. Within a two square mile radius, more than 48% of practicing attorneys or people who work in the legal field in Mississippi occupy our surroundings,” Gautier said. “A lot of our students walk out the front of our building onto the sidewalk to go to their internships this afternoon or to the work they do after class.”
While the notoriety of the institution, like the Princeton Review list, is warmly welcomed, MC Law isn’t necessarily right after that kind of buzz. At the institutional level, the consensus is not really about looking for a “legacy of excellence” or looking for awards or accolades. It’s simply about doing honest work driven by a passion to serve others through the law.
“The faculty and staff of MC Law… [encourage] just do a good job, love what you do, do it the right way, and that legacy of excellence will follow,” Pope said. “Titles and awards are exciting, but their purpose is simply to do good for the students, to make sure that they actually learn and can go out into the world to be good people and then good lawyers.”
Having many different perspectives on the “dizziness” of American law, cited by Pyles as a benefit of a diverse teaching staff, has allowed many students to come away with a well-rounded education and a more empathetic view of the law. ‘humanity.
“We have something extraordinary here. You wouldn’t think that from a small building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi,” Pyles said.
The diversity of staff perspectives and professional backgrounds, emphasis on community service, and overall academic achievement all play a part in the cadence of the beats that reverberate from a Mississippi law school to the Princeton headquarters. Review in New York.
“When a law student graduates from Mississippi College Law School, he will know that [their degree] is an important achievement,” said Gautier.