Join the largest group of lawyers in Minnesota—Mitchell Hamline grads

Minnesota IndustryFrom small and solo firms to big law. Across the bench and bar. In business, government, and non-profits. When you meet attorneys in Minnesota, odds are they got their law degrees with us. And they know that Mitchell Hamline graduates lawyers ready to practice. It’s why we are consistently chosen Minnesota’s Best Law school by the readers of Minnesota Lawyer.

Again voted
Best Law School
by readers of
Minnesota Lawyer and
Saint Paul Legal Ledger

Deven Bowdry ’23

Legislative Liaison, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Editor-in-Chief, Mitchell Hamline Law Review Vol. 49

Deven’s time in law school included interacting with Mitchell Hamline’s alumni leaders during the day and attending class in the evening.

Meet our student ambassadors in Minnesota

Sayna Parsi ’23

Sayna Parsi ’23 (she/her/hers)

Recent graduate, Full time, West St. Paul, MN

Sayna.Parsi @mitchellhamline.edu

Occupation while in law school: Law clerk

Focus: Public Interest

Favorite class in law school so far: Introduction to Business Organizations


  • Winona State University, B.S., legal studies with business law and Spanish minor, Winona, MN

First generation law student Immigrant Persian/Iranian

Danielle N. Suess

Danielle N. Suess (she/her)

Recent graduate, Part-time blended, Minneapolis, MN

Danielle.Suess@gtlaw.com @mitchellhamline.edu

Focus: Trademark/Brand Management

Favorite class in law school so far: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Wrongful Convictions Seminar


  • University of Minnesota–Morris, B.A. in history, political science, social science, and secondary education, Morris, MN
  • Minnesota Paralegal Institute, Post–Bachelor Paralegal Certificate, Minneapolis, MN

Parent Employed full time while a student Paralegal

Ashley Pattain

Ashley Pattain (she/her/hers)

3L, Part-time blended, Minnetonka, MN

Ashley.Pattain @mitchellhamline.edu

Occupation while in law school: Senior pharmacy benefit management analyst

Focus: Health Law

Favorite class in law school so far: Constitutional Law: Liberties


  • Southwest Tennessee Community College, A.A., Memphis, TN
  • Thomas Edison State University, B.A., Trenton, NJ

First generation law student Lesbian Mother LGBTQIA+

Brooke Riley

Brooke Riley (she/her)

3L, Full time, Eden Prairie, MN

Brooke.Riley @mitchellhamline.edu

Focus: Family Law

Favorite class in law school so far: Family Law or Child, Parent, and the State


  • University of Minnesota–Duluth, B.A. in political science and sociology, Duluth, MN

First generation law student

Enrollment options to fit your life

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Study part time, partially online or on campus

Spending just a few weeks per year on campus, you can study the law at Mitchell Hamline. And you can do it from anywhere in the world. Our four-year, part-time program has enrollment options for students living outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and part-time day and evening on-campus options.

Part Time, Blended

Princeton Review Best Online JDKeep your job. Study at Mitchell Hamline from your hometown.

  • on campus twice per semester in the first four semesters
  • intensive, case-study workshops
  • preLaw Leader in Online Education9–11 credits per semester
  • work full time (per ABA policy)
  • sit for the bar in every state—including New York

Part Time, On Campus

Star Tribune Minnesota's Best: Gold WinnerContinue working while you earn your J.D.

  • Monday–Thursday day or evening
  • three classes per semester
  • 9–11 credits per semester
  • work full time (per ABA policy)
  • most complete the degree in four years
  • able to take online electives

Study full time on our campus

Mitchell Hamline also has an enrollment option for the full-time student. Earn your J.D. in three years studying full time.

Full Time, On Campus

2022 Reader Rankings Minnesota Lawyer Finance and CommerceWeekday classes with our flexible scheduling option.

  • Monday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm
  • four classes per semester
  • 14 credits per semester
  • most complete the degree in three years
  • able to take the online electives developed for our blended learning program

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A rigorous, practice-based experience

Preparing you to serve clients and communities

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.

Great in theory. Even better in practice.

Office of Admissions

875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Fax: 651-290-6414

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Health Law

Our Health Law Institute serves as a hub in the health law world for law students, attorneys, health care practitioners, and business professionals. The top-ranked health law program in Minnesota.

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Alumni in leadership roles at the biggest names in health care

Practical Training

We teach through skills courses and simulation exercises that mirror real-world situations, and through actual hands-on experience with real clients.

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US News top 100 in both Clinical Training and Trial Advocacy

Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution is at the core of our curriculum because it teaches identification of interests, mutual understanding, creative problem solving, and artful negotiation.

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Consistently ranked in the top dispute resolution programs by US News

Minnesota is home to many large healthcare industry employers

  • 3M
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Ability Networks
  • Allina Health
  • Amerilab Technologies
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cardiovascular Systems
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • CIMA Labs
  • Coloplast
  • Ecolab
  • Essentia Health
  • HealthPartners
  • Integer/Greatbatch Medical
  • Lifecore Biomedical
  • Mayo
  • McKesson
  • Medica
  • Medtronic
  • National Marrow Donor Program
  • Optum
  • Perrigo
  • R&D Systems/Bio-Techne
  • RedBrick Health
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Sanford Health
  • Smiths Medical
  • Spok
  • Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • SurModics
  • UCare
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Upsher-Smith Laboratories
  • Vascular Solutions

Family Law and Child Protection

Serving families in need. The practice of family law varies widely—from dealing with multimillion dollar divorce, to international adoption, or child welfare. A balance of knowledge and compassion is essential in these areas, and Mitchell Hamline has a history of training attorneys for successful careers in every aspect of family law.

preLaw Best School for Family Law
preLaw Magazine top school for family law

Intellectual Property

Robust IP curriculum taught by faculty experts recognized around the world. Our students benefit from access to some of the world’s leading innovators headquartered locally.
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US News top 100 for intellectual property law.

Business and Tax Law

The Twin Cities area is home to Fortune 500 beyond just healthcare. Our Center for Law and Business draws on alumni and adjunct faculty with experience in all aspects of business and the law including the ever evolving area of tax law.
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preLaw magazine top school for business and tax law

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