Apply through LSAC
The fall application became available on October 1 through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.
Deadline: July 15
Strong preference will be given to applicants who submit a complete application by June 1, although we will accept applications until July 15.
Admission to Mitchell Hamline School of Law is based on both academic and nonacademic factors. We encourage you to submit all information that you feel we need to know to make an admission decision. We don’t require admission interviews but encourage applicants to learn more about the school and the process by attending an information session, touring the campus, or meeting with an admissions representative. We look forward to reading your application and hope to meet you soon!
Prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The LSAT measures a number of qualities that contribute to success in law school, including reading comprehension and analytical and logical reasoning. It is also the strongest predictor that we have in the application for success on the bar exam. The exam also includes an unscored writing sample. It is a test of aptitude rather than knowledge, and it is taken under timed conditions, so preparation and familiarity are essential.
Plan to spend time equivalent to at least a two-month, part-time job studying and taking practice tests. The 160+ hours can be spent studying LSAT preparation books; taking an online or in-person course, which range in length; getting individual help from a tutor; or a combination of the above. Different methods of study work for different types of learners; we do not endorse a particular method of preparation.
LSAT and Other Resources
LSAT Preparation Scholarship – Now open for Fall 2024
Mitchell Hamline School of Law offers a scholarship to cover the cost of an online, self-paced LSAT preparation course offered by BluePrint. Applications open July 1 each year. Mitchell Hamline will make awards to selected recipients on a rolling basis until all scholarships are exhausted or until March 1. Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need.
Discounted BluePrint LSAT Preparation and Free Logic Games BookMitchell Hamline has partnered with BluePrint LSAT Preparation to offer a discounted self-paced, online LSAT preparation package available for interested prospective applicants. After the discount, the total cost is $385. BluePrint offers a four-month time frame to study and sit for the LSAT. This course includes access to the Official LSAT Plus®. BluePrint also offers a free trial. For more information about how to obtain the discounted price of the course, please contact Ann Buesgens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BluePrint LSAT Preparation
Free LSAT Logic Games eBook
Through a partnership with the Law School Admissions Council, Khan Academy offers free, personalized LSAT preparation materials including interactive lessons, timed practice tests, strategies, tips, and more to help you build the skills you need to reach your LSAT goals. This course includes access to the Official LSAT Plus®.
A free program through AccessLex for underrepresented students that provides LSAT prep and admission counseling. The application cycle begins in March each year for the following application cycle.
Barnes and Thornberg Prelaw Scholars Program
Scholars are eligible to receive up to $2,500 to help pay for the LSAT application, LSAT study course, credential assembly service, and law school application fees.
Barnes and Thornberg Prelaw Scholars Program
Native Forward Student Access Scholarship
This scholarship helps cover the cost as well as preparatory expenses related to the LSAT for American Indian and Alaska Native students.
Native Forward Student Access Scholarship
Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars Program
This program offers a select number of students a free LSAT prep class each summer at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars Program
Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
CLEO is an organization that expands opportunities for BIPOC and low-income students to attend law school. They offer a variety of programs for people doing their undergraduate to post-baccalaureate work.
Council on Legal Education Opportunity
Kaplan and Vela Wood LSAT Prep Course Scholarship
Black students are invited to enroll in Kaplan’s LSAT Live Online program at no cost.
Admission Unmasked™ is an invaluable program for those planning to apply to law school and is hosted by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This program covers important application components, how to make informed choices about where to apply, what a law degree could mean for your career, how to write an effective personal statement, and preparing for the LSAT (and more!).
For more information about LSAT preparation resources, please contact Ann Buesgens.
Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The exam is offered nine times a year. Scores are typically released four weeks after the exam date. Other application materials can be submitted in advance of receipt of your LSAT score. The admissions committee will look at all scores when reviewing an application for admission, taking into consideration score trends, the most recent score, and the average of all reported scores. Mitchell Hamline will consider the highest LSAT score among multiple scores for the purpose of scholarship awards.
You may include an addendum of no more than one page, double-spaced, explaining any exceptional circumstances relating to test preparation or testing conditions or providing other information that will help the admissions committee interpret your scores.
LSAT writing sample
At least one LSAT writing sample is required. The admissions committee reviews LSAT writing samples carefully, taking into consideration use of facts provided, reasoning, thoroughness, organization, and technical writing skill.
The Law School Admission Council administers the LSAT and charges a fee to take the LSAT. There is an LSAC fee waiver program for candidates who cannot afford to pay for the exam.
LSAT scores are reportable by LSAC for five years from the time of testing. Applicants must have a reportable LSAT score to be considered for admission.
Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
You will submit several documents necessary to complete your application for admission through CAS.
After you submit all official undergraduate and graduate school transcripts and letters of recommendation (see below for more information) you will submit a request to LSAC to have a CAS report submitted to Mitchell Hamline School of Law. The CAS report will include these materials and your LSAT score(s) and LSAT writing sample.
Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Transcripts must be sent to CAS using the form provided by LSAC. Mitchell Hamline requires that students have earned a bachelor’s degree before entering law school.
The admissions committee will review all your undergraduate and graduate work from every institution and program you attended. The committee will consider trends in your grades, specific coursework, and the length of time since your coursework.
You may include an addendum of no more than one page, double-spaced, explaining any exceptional circumstances relating to your post-secondary education experience or providing other information that will help the admissions committee interpret your grades.
Note: If you withdrew or were dismissed from any law school in the past, please provide an official transcript from the law school, a complete explanation, and information about why you believe you will succeed at Mitchell Hamline.
Obtain letters of recommendation
Two confidential letters of recommendation are required. Your recommenders must submit their letters directly to CAS. Letters submitted directly to Mitchell Hamline will not be accepted.
You have the option of submitting up to two additional letters of recommendation, for a total of four letters.
Your recommenders should know you well and be able to assess your personal qualities and your potential for success in law school. They should describe at least some of these characteristics:
- Academic ability, including creative thinking, reasoning ability, analytical skills, and oral and written communication skills
- Leadership and interpersonal skills
- Motivation and self-discipline
- Demonstrated ethics
The admissions committee strongly prefers letters that are no older than two years and from recommenders who know you through a work, academic, or other professional setting.
Complete application for admission
Applications must be submitted online. We do not charge an application fee.
Attach personal statement
Your personal statement should be two to three pages, double-spaced, and at least 11-point font.
What motivates you to study law? What experiences will you bring to your law school education and build on in your career after law school?
Attach supplemental statement(s)
Supplemental statements allow you an opportunity to provide us with relevant information that you were not able to include elsewhere in your application materials. Please submit your response to at least one, but no more than two, of the following topics. Each supplemental statement should be no more than two pages, double-spaced, and at least 11-point font. Please include the corresponding letter of the topic you are addressing at the top of your statement(s).
- Mitchell Hamline values perseverance, resilience, and self-awareness as traits necessary to succeed both at Mitchell Hamline and in the legal profession. Tell us about a challenge or adversity you have faced, and how your response demonstrates one or more of those traits.
- Mitchell Hamline students come from a broad range of backgrounds, with diverse views and perspectives. We aspire to be a community where students can learn and thrive in an equitable and inclusive environment. Tell us something about yourself, and how it shapes the way you would learn from and contribute to our community.
- What about Mitchell Hamline’s vision, mission, values, community, academic offerings, and/or distinct programming make it a good fit for your educational, personal, and/or professional goals?
Attach a scholarship addendum (if applicable)
A student may apply to both scholarships, however, if rewarded, only be granted one of the two scholarships.
North Star Scholarship
If you are applying to the blended-learning enrollment option and you intend to use your legal education to practice law in a rural area, reservation, or small city or town currently underserved by local lawyers, please explain in a one-page, double-spaced essay your ongoing experience with and commitment to practice in that community.
- Clearly indicate that you are applying for the North Star Scholarship. See Mitchell Hamline Scholarships for more information.
Native Justice Scholarship
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must demonstrate an interest in Native American Law and Sovereignty in a one-page, double-spaced scholarship essay; and, in addition, provide sufficient documentation to establish that they are:
– an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Nation;
– demonstrate an ongoing experience working in and with Native American communities and a commitment to using their legal education to continue to do so.
Scholarship applicants are required to provide documentation on their enrollment number or other Native community authority confirming their status of eligibility as stated above.
All other applicants may be eligible for the Native Justice Scholarship by providing documentation to demonstrate an ongoing experience working in and with Native American communities as a career and the intention to use their JD degree in the field of Native American law.
If you submitted documentation regarding your tribal affiliation and/or a heritage statement with your application, you do not need to include this information in the Native Justice Scholarship essay.
- Clearly indicate that you are applying for the Native Justice Scholarship. See Mitchell Hamline Scholarships for more information.
Attach a résumé
Your résumé should include a complete history of your post-secondary employment and education, including graduation and employment dates, colleges, and degrees received. It may also include a listing of significant extracurricular activities, volunteer or community service experience, leadership activities, awards and honors, or internships. The resume is not limited to one page.
Attach character and fitness addendum(s) (if applicable)
If you answered “yes” to any character and fitness question, you must submit a complete explanation and documentation of applicable final official disposition. The explanation should include clear information about what occurred as well as your response to the incident. If documentation is unavailable, please explain why it is not available.
Provide a separate addendum for each question to which you answered “yes.”
Other standardized tests
If you have taken the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) and would like to include your scores in your application, please use Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s code (4750) to submit them. Mitchell Hamline does not require GRE scores or accept them in place of the LSAT score. However, we will take your GRE scores into consideration if you submit them.
Verify bar exam eligibility
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Each state or jurisdiction has its own unique requirements, which may include activities to be completed prior to examination or admission to the bar, such as pro bono service, or registration during your first year of law school (as early as within 60 days of starting law school). Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Many Mitchell Hamline applicants plan to sit for the bar in Minnesota. Applicants with questions regarding their past conduct and character and fitness standards in Minnesota are encouraged to call the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners at 651-297-1857 for a confidential consultation with a Character and Fitness Administrator.