A practical, problem-solving approach to the law
Mitchell Hamline prepares students from all walks of life to hit the ground running as lawyers and leaders as soon as they graduate. You can chart your own path while earning a place in a profession that changes lives—including your own.
It takes more than knowing the law to be a great lawyer. It takes knowing how to put it to work to make a difference in the world. When you graduate from Mitchell Hamline, you’ll have the skills, knowledge, network, and confidence to start making your own contributions the first day on the job.
The most enrollment options
Our multiple enrollment options are designed to let you earn a J.D. without putting your other commitments in life on hold—or even relocating to the Twin Cities. In addition to full-time and part-time schedules, we offer one of only two ABA-approved weekend J.D. programs in the nation. We are also the only ABA-approved law school in the country to offer a J.D. partly online—our “hybrid” option—which means you can earn a law degree from anywhere in the world.
Faculty of innovators and top-ranked programs
Our faculty is comprised of experienced jurists and practitioners dedicated to teaching and invested in your success. We are an independent law school, which allows us to move quickly and innovatively in response to changing times. We were pioneers in teaching students a deeper understanding of the law through application to real-world situations, and we continue to lead today. We offer top programs in dispute resolution, health law, and clinical practice.
Experiential learning from the start
At Mitchell Hamline, we don’t make you wait for graduation to get experience. Your immersion in experiential learning begins on day one. Many 1Ls volunteer in the community through the Minnesota Justice Foundation and work as research assistants. After the first year, students can work in legal settings through externships and semester-placement programs and also represent clients—under the supervision of experienced faculty—as part of the clinical program. Our experiential focus is one reason we were named one of the best law schools for practical training by National Jurist in its spring 2016 edition.
A transformative path to a new career
Getting out of the classroom allows our students to connect with an alumni network that’s the largest in the region and passionate about helping graduates succeed. They are attorneys in law firms large and small, entrepreneurs and business professionals in an array of industries, and public servants on the bench, in elected office, and working in government agencies, legal aid organizations, and nonprofits. Our well-connected staff of career and development professionals will work with you on a personal plan for the future from your first day on campus.