New rule expands limited law practice for law students

By Craig Ford Nov. 24, 2015

MGN Online

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has approved a new rule expected to give law students more of an opportunity to practice law on a limited basis.

"The new rule will expand the limited practice opportunities of law students by allowing them to provide limited legal services as part of a clinical legal education course, law school legal internship program or through a volunteer legal services program under the supervision of licensed attorneys," said Tiffany Graves, the executive director of the Access to Justice Commission.

 Court officials say their hope is the new rule will give the less fortunate more access to legal assistance.

It replaces a state law that imposed restrictions on what the students could do in limited practice. It also prevented private attorneys from serving as supervisors for those students.

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