A unique partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law) will enable undergraduates to obtain their Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Miss after one year of study in the MC Law program.
The agreement allows incoming freshmen at Southern Miss with a minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1180 to pursue a three-year course of study in a B.A. program. By maintaining at strong grade point average during that time frame and scoring at least 150 on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), students will be admitted into MC Law. They may then transfer back their first year of coursework at MC Law to complete the B.A. requirements from Southern Miss.
“The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to partner with Mississippi College’s School of Law in this endeavor,” said Dr. J. Mark Wrighton, associate dean, Undergraduate Programs & Assessment. “We anticipate that it will further the university’s efforts to recruit and to retain high-caliber students and build even more interest in the College’s programs.”
Wrighton points out that Dr. Denise von Herrmann, former dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Southern Miss, deserves the lion’s share of credit for the arrangement.
“She used what she learned as a member of the university’s strategic enrollment committee to derive a way to make Southern Miss more attractive to high-caliber students who might otherwise spend their first two years at a community college,” said Wrighton.
Jim Rosenblatt, dean of the MC School of Law, views the agreement as a win-win situation for both colleges.
“We are looking forward to the program’s implementation. We are confident this program will produce some high quality USM applicants who will compete for academic scholarships at MC Law,” said Rosenblatt. “We value our relationship with USM and laud the success of our law students whose undergraduate preparation for law school was provided by USM. We find that USM students are motivated, disciplined and interact well with their colleagues.”
Students must declare their intention to be part of the program before they complete 24 credit hours.
“In the short-term, that limits the number of eligible students but, going forward, it will be a tool for recruitment and an option for brand new Golden Eagles,” said Wrighton.
For more information about the program contact the College of Arts & Letters at 601.266.4315 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/arts-letters