Mitchell Hamline seeks to educate talented, motivated individuals 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.
The law school 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 non-discrimination policy is observed in all cases.
View Mitchell Hamline’s Non-Discrimination Policy.
Application Review Process
The Admissions Committee evaluates applications after it has received all items listed under Application Instructions. 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 email and mail of admission decisions.
First-year applicants not applying for part-time hybrid enrollment must indicate whether they are applying to attend Mitchell Hamline for full-time, part-time, or either enrollment status. Admissions decisions are made without regard to enrollment status preference. (If an admitted applicant’s enrollment status preference changes after admission but before the start of class, it is sometimes possible to switch enrollment status. After the first semester and through subsequent years at Mitchell Hamline, students may switch between full-time and part-time enrollment.)
The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s transcript(s) carefully, taking into account cumulative undergraduate grade point average and:
- difficulty of coursework;
- quality of institutions attended;
- applicant’s full- or part-time employment while earning a degree;
- any pattern in performance over the applicant’s full academic career;
- completion of advanced-degree coursework.
While LSAT scores and GPAs help predict law school performance, nonquantifiable information about an applicant is also very important to the Admissions Committee. Mitchell Hamline believes diversity of intellectual and personal experience enriches our educational environment and considers abilities and perspective gained through work, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and other life experiences. The Admissions Committee reviews non-academic factors by considering the résumé, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
Persons with Disabilities in need of Academic Accommodations
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.
Applicants with disabilities can often receive special accommodations in taking the LSAT. Instructions for requesting special accommodations are included with the LSAT registration materials or online at LSAC.org. 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.
Admitted students with disabilities should contact the Dean of Students to discuss required accommodations at 651-290-6362.