Great in theory. Even better in practice.
More than 350 students took externships and more than 100 participated in clinics this year.
Mitchell Hamline’s approach to legal education is best expressed in the school’s motto: Great in theory. Even better in practice. You’ll get the classic law school classes here, but always paired with a practical skill. We are connected to the practice, and we are committed to offering students the maximum possible opportunity to do what real lawyers do while still in law school. We teach through skills courses and simulation exercises that mirror real-world situations, and through actual hands-on experience with real clients.
A degree that prepares you for practice
In the Classroom
Learn the fundamental cases, precedents, and legal analysis paired with skills training that allows a deeper understanding of the law and its practice.
In Simulated Practice
Learn the advocacy and problem-solving skills all lawyers need, and get deep understanding in “practice intensives.”
In the Real World
Volunteer right away with the Minnesota Justice Foundation and work with clients through externships, clinics, and residencies.
With the most enrollment options
Mitchell Hamline has designed enrollment options to fit the demands of our students’ lives.
Full-time and part-time, on-campus options Three part-time, blended-learning options
Each unique schedule features innovative curriculum developed to maximize learning within that schedule.
In a thriving law school environment featuring
Centers and Institutes
- Center for Law and Business
- Dispute Resolution
- Health Law Institute
- Indian Law Program
- Institute for Children, Families, and Communities
- Intellectual Property Institute
- Public Health Law Center
Mitchell Hamline’s certificate programs supplement the J.D. degree and demonstrate that a student has achieved advanced knowledge and training in a specific area of study. Mitchell Hamline offers certificates in the following areas:
- Dispute Resolution
- Health Law
- Law and Business
Specialized Degree Programs
Journals and Law Reviews
- Mitchell Hamline Law Review
- Cybaris®, an Intellectual Property Law Review
- Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice
Mitchell Hamline hosts many special projects and programs that give students experience and learning beyond the classroom.
- Expert Witness Training Academy
- Marshall-Brennan Project
- Minnesota Justice Foundation
- Mitchell Hamline Fellows Program
- Office of Academic Excellence
- Self-Help Clinic
- Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center
- Upper Midwest Patent Assistance
- World Without Genocide
Producing first-rate learning outcomes
|Mitchell Hamline graduates meet established proficiency standards in each of these areas.|
Knowledge and Analysis
Explain and apply rules, principles, and procedures in foundational areas of law.
Develop and implement strategies for solving law-related problems.
Communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences, in a variety of settings.*
Research and Investigation
Design and carry out a plan for legal research and factual investigation.
Professional and Ethical Responsibility
Recognize and act consistently with the ethical norms of the legal profession.
* Disability accommodations are made.