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MBJ Editorial

Mississippi’s two law schools — one at Ole Miss, the other at Mississippi College — received nationwide attention last week when The National Juris ranked those programs, in a tie, as the third best in the U.S. based on LSAT scores and state bar exam pass rates. Ole Miss and MC beat out tradition-rich schools from the Ivy League, along with other elite programs around the country.

The rankings confirm what Mississippians have long known: our law schools are producing talented attorneys who are well prepared for the challenges of a legal career. However, ranking law school programs is challenging. Considering different aspects of a program will lead to different rankings for different schools.

We should be proud of the accomplishments of these two Mississippi law schools, but challenge them to keep building, to keep improving and to keep producing attorneys who will work hard to improve the state’s legal system, to foster an environment of justice, to help business and industry and to protect our civil liberties.

Mississippi’s business community should support the best and brightest attorneys we have. The relationships between business and law are critical to our economy. We the need good lawyers that are coming out of Ole Miss and MC.

Information about this ranking and others is on the Web at http://lawbooks.com/natjurist.

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