A degree that prepares you for practice
Mitchell Hamline’s J.D. degree program integrates the study of law with practical skills training. It’s an active, intellectually demanding learning process. Students receive an experiential education that provides the maximum possible opportunity to do what real lawyers do while still in law school. And we offer five pathways to that law degree, more than any law school in the country. You can take classes full and part time during the week, part time on the weekend, or earn your J.D. through our on-campus/online HYBRID J.D. and Executive J.D enrollment options.
Full-time students take four classes each semester for 14 credits. Classes meet Monday through Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. Full-time students typically complete the degree in three years.
For added flexibility, students in our full-time and part-time weekday enrollment options have the ability to move freely between full-time and part-time enrollment at each semester break. Upper-level students are able to enroll in courses during the day, evening, and weekend.
Part-time students can choose from day and evening weekday classes or attend our part-time weekend program. Most part-time students complete the degree in four years.
A lower-residency enrollment option that builds on our experience offering the HYBRID J.D., but with the same in-person requirement of a traditional part-time enrollment. Come to campus only twice per semester and spend the rest of the time doing your coursework online. Our Executive J.D. features weekend workshops designed to develop emerging workplace skills through in-depth case studies of how lawyers have used legal training to creatively address complex socioeconomic, public policy, and justice system problems. You’ll earn your degree in four years, and you’ll be eligible to sit for the bar exam in every state—including New York.
HYBRID J.D. program (on-campus/online)
Mitchell Hamline is the only ABA-approved law school to receive an ABA variance to offer a half on-campus/half online J.D. program—known as the HYBRID J.D. The program features two interrelated elements: intensive in-person experiential learning and online coursework that allows students to study the law from anywhere in the world.
What to expect
- Spend an average of 2 to 3 hours per credit studying outside of class.
- A total of 83 credits are required for graduation. All students must complete their degree within six years of initial enrollment.
- Mitchell Hamline does not limit the number of hours a student may work. However, due to the significant demands of law school, Mitchell Hamline faculty caution full-time law students against working outside of the law school more than 20 hours a week during the academic year. If you plan to work more than 20 hours a week, you should consider attending Mitchell Hamline part time.
Compare your enrollment options
Weekend, Executive J.D., or
|Program type||Full time,
|Classes per semester||4–5
(4 in first year)
(3 in first semester)
|Credits per semester||14||9-11||9–11|
|Schedule||Classes meet Monday through Friday—typically between
9 am and 4 pm. After the first semester, you can switch between full- and part-time programs.
Classes typically meet Saturdays, 8 am to noon and 1 to 4:30 pm, and Sundays, 8 am to noon, and may meet Sunday afternoons.Executive J.D.
Come to campus the first week of the first and third semesters. Come back to campus the last week of each semester for intensive experiential learning.Attend weekend workshops once per semester.
After the first semester, you can switch between full- and part-time programs.
Come to campus the first week of the first and third semesters. Come back to campus the last week of each semester for intensive experiential learning.
|Typical length of program||3 years||4 years||4 years|
|Typical days on campus||Four–five days/week||Weekend
Seven weekends on campus per semesterExecutive J.D.
Two to three weeks plus two weekends/year
Two to three weeks/year
|Experiential learning||Access to clinics, externships, mentoring programs, journals, and public service opportunities||Access to clinics, externships, mentoring programs, journals, and public service opportunities||Access to externships, mentoring programs, select journals, and public service opportunities|
|Ability to work full- or part-time||Can work full time, but recommend no more than 20 hours a week.||Can work full time (per ABA policy).||Can work full time (per ABA policy).|
|Mix of students||Each of our four enrollment options offer flexibility and features that appeal to a wide mix of students. Your classmates may include:|
|Students from all walks of life who want to earn their J.D.s in three years||Students who have full-time jobs, children, or other obligations in addition to law school||Students from all over the country who appreciate the flexibility that these enrollment options offer|
|Scholarships||Scholarships range in value from 15 percent of tuition to 100 percent of tuition.||Scholarships range in value from 15 percent of tuition to 100 percent of tuition.||Scholarships range in value from 15 percent to 100 percent of tuition. North Star Scholarships of $10,000 are also available.|
|Apply now, start …||Aug 2018||Aug 2018||Aug 2018|
|Apply now, graduate …||May 2021||Weekend, Executive J.D.
|Application deadline||Aug 1, 2018||Aug 1, 2018||Aug 1, 2018|