Mitchell Hamline seeks to educate talented, motivated students who will effectively and ethically serve their clients and employers, their local and wider communities, their profession, and their law school. To achieve that goal, the law school and its Admissions Committee hold themselves to high standards of judgment, experience, and fairness.
In making admissions decisions, Mitchell Hamline strives to ensure that:
- all students offered admission are qualified to meet the challenges of law school and of the profession of law;
- each applicant gets full, careful, personalized consideration;
- all relevant information, quantifiable and nonquantifiable, is considered, including undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score(s), career experience and focus, motivation, activities outside of work or school, interpersonal skills, and intellectual and personal breadth and depth; and
- the entering class complements a diverse student body that includes all major racial and cultural groups, as well as a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.
Information submitted to us as a part of an application becomes the property of the law school.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to reject any applicant for admission, regardless of fulfillment of requirements stated in the application booklet or elsewhere. The law school’s nondiscrimination policy is observed in all cases.
Application Review Process
The Admissions Committee evaluates applications after it has received all the following items:
- Completed application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
- Credential Assembly Service report through LSAC
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Values statement
- Additional statements or addendums (as needed)
Transfer, visiting, and international (foreign-educated) applicants should note their respective additional application instructions.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are notified via e-mail and/or mail of admission decisions. Applications are available from October 1 – July 1.
First-year applicants must indicate whether they are applying to attend Mitchell Hamline for full-time, part-time evening, part-time day, or part-time blended. Admissions decisions are made without regard to enrollment status preference.
Persons with Disabilities or Special Needs
We review and process all applications in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Mitchell Hamline also has taken steps to ensure that campus facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.
For all students with disabilities, the Admissions Committee welcomes supplemental material, including letters of recommendation and brief samples of written work, which will increase the committee’s understanding of the applicant’s academic and professional potential.