Special programs for focused study
Mitchell Hamline offers students specialized instruction across a range of areas. Our Dispute Resolution Institute has been ranked in the top nine by U.S. News & World Report for the last 23 years, and our health law program is ranked nationally on the strength of our Health Law Institute. Those are just two of our most prominent centers and institutes.
Mitchell Hamline Centers and Institutes
Center for Law and Business
William Mitchell and Hamline Law had long histories of providing a curriculum in law and business for students. The combination of the two schools has blended the best of both programs and the Center for Law and Business at Mitchell Hamline is committed to providing law students with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to succeed as business leaders, business managers, and business lawyers.
Center for the Study of Black Life and the Law
The Center for the Study of Black Life and the Law is an integral part of Mitchell Hamline’s identity as an antiracist institution and the site of scholarly and community engagement regarding the dignified treatment of Black and BlaQueer (LGBTQ+) people under law. It integrates legal advocacy, grassroots organizing, and artistic expression and inquiry along with academic study. The center supports scholarly, professional, and creative work that seeks to foster social justice for Black people.
Dispute Resolution Institute
Dispute resolution is at the core of the Mitchell Hamline law curriculum because it teaches identification of interests, mutual understanding, creative problem solving, and artful negotiation—all skills that contribute to the Dispute Resolution Institute’s concentration, offering rigorous academic discourse, hands-on simulation experience, and cross-disciplinary examination of conflict theory, advocacy, and problem-solving for law students, lawyers, and other professionals.
Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute has been ranked in the top 10 dispute resolution programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades.
Health Law Institute
Our Health Law Institute is the primary reason why Mitchell Hamline’s health law program was ranked nationally by the latest U.S. News & World Report specialty ranking. Through specialized courses and experiential learning, we provide students with real-life health law experience. The Institute’s national speaker series and advanced courses for working professionals take education beyond law students to the Upper Midwest’s accomplished community of health care attorneys, practitioners, and business professionals.
Institute to Transform Child Protection
Through a focus on innovative policy, substantive research, training, and community engagement, the Institute to Transform Child Protection works toward a more effective nationwide child protection system that preserves families, prevents trauma, and builds resilience within communities.
Intellectual Property Institute
Innovation drives the world economy. Prepare to take the driver’s seat at Mitchell Hamline’s Intellectual Property Institute. The IP Institute offers a robust curriculum taught by faculty experts recognized locally and around the world. Mitchell Hamline IP students benefit from access to some of the world’s leading innovators at 3M, Cargill, Medtronic, and more.
Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute
Mitchell Hamline’s Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute emphasizes practical legal education and offers a certificate to law students within the J.D. program. The Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute is unique as a legal program at the law school. The institute has dual purposes of furthering legal education in the field of Native American law and of recruiting, supporting, retaining, and graduating Native American law students. Further, we maintain a strong connection to the Indigenous peoples of this region and the sovereign Tribal Nations in Minnesota. Contributing to the strength of the law school in a variety of ways, the institute is also engaged in highlighting and supporting the cultural and traditional Indigenous legal principles our Native faculty and students bring to the law school.
Public Health Law Center
The Public Health Law Center is a national nonprofit law and policy organization that helps health leaders, officials, and advocates use the law to advance public health. Founded in 2000, our organization is a leader in U.S. public health policy, and a respected legal resource for dozens of local, state, national, and international health organizations.