Professor Joseph Richard Hurt ‘s career in legal education spans over 30 years, and includes deanships at three law schools and teaching appointments at six schools. He started his career at Mississippi College School of Law, where he was a member of the faculty for more than 21 years. During this time, he also served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean and Dean for seven years. Under Professor Hurt’s leadership, the law school broadened its applicant pool, and gained regional and national recognition through the publications of its faculty, the performance of its students at appellate and trial inter-school competitions, and the prestigious placement of its graduates, particularly in judicial clerkships. Following his deanship at Mississippi College, he served as Deputy Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association in the Office of the Consultant that oversees the Accreditation Project for the ABA.

With his background in the law school accreditation process, Professor Hurt led two of Florida’s new law schools, Florida Coastal in Jacksonville and Barry in Orlando through the full ABA accreditation process as dean. Additionally, he has successfully provided guidance as an outside consultant to three other law schools either seeking ABA accreditation or dealing with issues of compliance with accreditation standards.

Professor Hurt service to the legal profession has extended beyond the academy including his membership on and chairing of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules and numerous leadership positions in local, state and national bar associations. His contributions to the profession were recognized when he was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi and later received the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Award.

Professor Hurt earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College, a master’s degree in History and the J.D. degree from Baylor University and the LL.M. degree from Yale University. At FAMU, he teaches Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, an Executive Powers Constitutional Law seminar and Federal Courts.

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Courses taught by Professor Hurt:

  • Federal Courts
  • Constitutional Law II


  • Professor Hurt was the recipient of the 2016 Dean Percy R. Luney Faculty Award at the Black Law Students Association 14th Annual Spirit of Service Awards Dinner.  The award was presented by second-year student Holly Knapik who had Professor Hurt for Constitutional Law.  She spoke of her personal appreciation for having his class and of how much she learned.  She went on to thank Professor Hurt on behalf of the student body for his commitment and dedication to the College of Law students, as evidenced by his participation in orientation, his annual MPRE Workshop, and the time he spends outside of class talking to students.