Lawyers play a crucial role in the fabric of society. They can give voice to those who go unheard, they provide insight and understanding about societal systems, and they have the tools to advance justice.
As a student and graduate of Mitchell Hamline, you will help your community improve through service and the pursuit of justice. You will empower individual clients who need help with large and small legal issues. You will achieve broad influence and impact in your communities and in the organizations you care about with your leadership.
President and Dean Anthony Niedwiecki describes the defining moment in his drive to activism.
Under the supervision of professors, students work in clinics with clients who are mothers, fathers, immigrants, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. Some clients are elderly. Some are unemployed. Some are accused of crimes. All are real people with real legal problems, and our students drive their representation.
The Wrongful Conviction and Sentencing Clinic will work on wrongful conviction investigations and projects referred from Attorney General Keith Ellison’s Conviction Review Unit (CRU).
The Economic Inclusion Clinic focuses transactional legal work that positively impacts historically disenfranchised communities, including people of color, agricultural workers and rural small businesses.
Represent clients who have filed charges with the EEOC based on claims of employment discrimination.
Nadine Graves ’17 on child protection
Scotty DuCharme ’19 on taking a client’s case to trial
Clinical Program Director Brad Colbert talks about the work of the LAMP and Reentry clinics
Represent non-citizen clients applying for political asylum; immigration status for victims of domestic violence, violent crimes or trafficking; family-based immigration status; or other relief.
Typical projects include legislative drafting and reform; drafting and amendment of statutes; creation of mainstream, traditional, and hybrid dispute resolution processes; and policy document development.
Represent incarcerated persons on civil legal issues, primarily family law, prison conditions litigation and tort defense.
A challenging curriculum that gets you ready to practice. More than 20,000 alumni to help guide your path to your career. Whether you take classes full time or part time, on-campus or partially online, you’ll start learning the work of a lawyer by doing it. You’ll benefit from top-ranked programs in emerging specialties. You’ll be ready to make an immediate contribution in law, business, government, community service, or whatever field you pursue.
At Mitchell Hamline School of Law, we have been educating lawyers for more than 100 years but are still innovating to respond to the changing legal world.