What is the application deadline?
The application for the fall 2021 term will open on Oct. 1, 2020, and we will accept applications until July 15, 2021.
How should I prepare for the LSAT? Can you recommend a preparation course?
The method of preparation (most commonly self-study or a commercial preparation course) often varies depending upon the applicant’s learning style, finances, and schedule. Regardless of the method, it’s important to devote significant time to practicing under timed conditions. Applicants should review the test instructions and become familiar with the types of questions asked. A typical course of study occurs during the two months leading up to an exam, for about 20 hours a week—so it’s like a part-time job. A commercial preparation course may be most appealing to some applicants, but we don’t recommend any course in particular.
Mitchell Hamline offers a Gateway LSAT preparation scholarship and a discounted BluePrint self-paced online LSAT test preparation package for interested prospective applicants. For more information, or contact email@example.com.
When should I take the LSAT?
We strongly recommend that first-year applicants take the LSAT no later than March of the year in which they hope to enroll, but we will accept a score from the June administration of that same year. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be considering scores from the July LSAT for admission to any of our programs for the following fall.
LSAT scores are reportable by LSAC for five years from the time of testing. Applicants must have a reportable LSAT score in order to be considered for admission. The LSAT cannot be waived.
Is a minimum LSAT score required for admission?
No. Though predictors of academic success are an important part of the application review process, we do not use LSAT or GPA cut-offs in our application review process. We read and consider every application we receive. Our current Student Profile will have information about the median LSAT score and GPA of the most recent incoming class.
Does Mitchell Hamline average multiple LSAT scores?No. The highest LSAT score among multiple scores will be considered for admission and scholarship awarding purposes.
Does Mitchell Hamline accept GRE scores?
Mitchell Hamline does not accept the GRE in place of the LSAT.
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.
What things are most important to the Admissions Committee when it is reviewing an application?The threshold question the Admissions Committee is trying to answer when reviewing an application is always, “Will this applicant be successful in studying the law at Mitchell Hamline?” Thus, the Admissions Committee will look carefully at an applicant’s LSAT score, his or her undergraduate GPA, the nature and rigor of his or her undergraduate course of study, trends in academic achievement at the undergraduate level, and the quality of the writing through an application. The Committee will also consider an applicant’s predicted first-year average (PFYA). The PFYA is calculated using both an applicant’s LSAT score and GPA and represents what we believe the applicant will receive as a GPA in his or her first year of law school. The Admissions Committee is also interested in applicants who will contribute to a dynamic mix of students. To that end, it will look for evidence of factors in an application that include, but are not limited to, diversity of background and experience, work experience, leadership abilities, international experience, emotional maturity, commitment to public service, overcoming hardship or obstacles, and evidence of passion.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?Recommenders should know an applicant well and be able to assess personal qualities and potential for success in law school. They should describe at least some of these characteristics: academic ability, including analytical aptitude, critical reading abilities, and oral and written communication skills; leadership and interpersonal skills; motivation and self-discipline; and demonstrated ethics. If an applicant is currently in school, or graduated less than three years ago, he or she should ask professors. If an applicant graduated more than three years ago and a past professor isn’t an option, an applicant should ask colleagues, preferably those in supervisory positions, or fellow volunteers who know that applicant in a professional capacity and can attest to the characteristics described above. Applicants should avoid asking family members and friends because they are understandably biased. In addition, applicants should avoid the “token” lawyer or judge (essentially, family friends who work in the legal profession who do not know the applicant in a professional capacity).
How long will it take the Admissions Committee to make a decision on my application?The Admissions Committee will typically render a decision on an application four to six weeks from when it becomes complete. Applicants should note that the date on which an application becomes complete is not necessarily the date on which they mail or submit it electronically. The Office of Admissions will inform every applicant via email when his or her application has been received and provide a login to check the status of an application to see whether it is complete.