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Mary Largent Purvis

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Legal Analysis and Communication - School of Law

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Mary Largent Purvis is the Director of Legal Analysis and Communication at Mississippi College School of Law, where she has taught Criminal Law, Secured Transactions, Sales and Leasing and Advanced Legal Analysis. Mary previously served as the Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Mississippi. She graduated magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 1998, and she graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2001, where she was a member of the Law Review.

Mary serves on the Mississippi College School of Law Child Advocacy Advisory Board and the Child Welfare and Advocacy Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar as the Chair of the Bar Admissions Ceremony Committee, and the Board of Directors for Operation Shoestring, the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Junior League of Jackson. She is a member of the Capital Area Bar Association and former member of the Association of Academic Support Educators, where she served as Chair of the Bar and Bar Advocacy Committee. Mary lives in Fondren with her husband, Alex, daughter, Cate, and son, Jack.


  • J.D., Mississippi College School of Law
  • B.S., Millsaps College