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Family & Children's Law Center

Mississippi College of Law

151 East Griffith Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 925-7180
Fax: (601) 925-7182

The Family and Children's Law Center provides a vital service to children involved in the legal system as well as practical training for MC Law students. The Family and Children's Law Center equips students and community volunteers with the skills required to shepherd children in need of an advocate through the court system.

The Family and Children's Law Center includes substantive courses, clinical experiences, and a student run society. Annual Guardian ad Litem trainings offered through MC/Law CLE Department are also an integral part of the center.

At the heart of the Family and Children's Law Center is the Child Advocacy Program and its Clinics. Under faculty supervision, second and third year law students have the opportunity to participate in Youth Court and Chancery Court on child-related cases or serve as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem.

The Center's Adoption Clinic provides free legal assistance to families who wish to adopt, and matches those families with law student lawyers. Second and third year law students can participate in the Adoption Legal Clinic and serve as counsel under the supervision of faculty professors.

Child Advocacy Clinic

University of Mississippi School of Law

481 Coliseum Drive
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-7429
Fax: 662-915-7447
E-mail: [email protected]

Students in the Child Advocacy Clinic are appointed by courts to represent children in cases involving allegations of neglect and abuse. As Guardians ad Litem for the child, students interview witnesses, investigate the child's home, review pleadings and medical and school records, and make recommendations to the court regarding the best interests of the child.