Specialize in Native American Law
Study from your hometown

Mitchell Hamline’s Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute emphasizes practical legal education.

The Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute is unique as a legal program at the law school. The Institute has dual purposes of furthering legal education in the field of Native American law and of recruiting, supporting, retaining, and graduating Native American law students. Further, we maintain a strong connection to the Indigenous peoples of this region and the sovereign Tribal Nations in Minnesota. Contributing to the strength of the law school in a variety of ways, the Institute is also engaged in highlighting and supporting the cultural and traditional Indigenous legal principles our Native faculty and students bring to the law school.

We will work with you to create a course of study tailored to your specific interests and career goals. You can choose from any of Mitchell Hamline’s enrollment options—study full time, part time, on campus, or partly online. Native Justice Scholarships guarantee that recipients will pay no more than $40,000 for their J.D. (excluding summer and J-Term courses). Pro-rated scholarship amounts are available for summer and J-Term.

Mitchell Hamline again welcomes record number of Native students

Weston Jones

Weston Jones, 2L

Weston Jones chose to attend Mitchell Hamline because it occupies his people’s traditional lands. A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he says “there’s something about the land that helps me and helps me with my studies.”

Jones was one of eleven Native American first-year students at Mitchell Hamline in 2021, a record for the school now surpassed with twelve new students in 2022.

Mitchell Hamline welcomes record number of Native students

Keep your job and earn a J.D.

If you can commit to being on campus a few weeks per year, 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.

Princeton Review Best Online JDProgram Features

  • online coursework
  • intensive on-campus experiences
  • ABA-approved law school
  • over a century of commitment to part-time students
  • a national leader in practical legal education

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Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Mitchell Hamline School of Law provides a legal education grounded in legal theory and distinguished by exceptional practical legal training. A forward-thinking, independent law school with a history dating back more than 100 years, we have continually shaped legal education to be relevant to our students, their future clients, and the legal profession. We are committed to making legal education accessible and offer an unmatched number of enrollment options. Our students graduate prepared to put their degree into practice or use their legal training in the profession of their choice.

Great in theory. Even better in practice.

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Colette Routel

Professor, now Judge Colette Routel’s brief cited in historic Supreme Court ruling

2019’s landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma decision on treaty rights from the U.S. Supreme Court included input from Mitchell Hamline’s Indian Law Impact Litigation Clinic.

The ruling affirmed that a large part of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation for the Creek Nation. Justice Gorsuch’s majority opinion stated that “many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great … We reject that thinking. If Congress wishes to withdraw its promises, it must say so.”

Mitchell Hamline professor’s brief cited in historic Supreme Court ruling

Jessie Stomski Seim

Jessie Stomski Seim ’08

Meet the former star athlete turned attorney advocating for Native American youth opportunities in college sports.

“Sports isn’t for everyone, but we know from research there are so many benefits to kids who play sports, and it’s time away from things that are unhealthy.”

Seim, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, used her position as a member of the local organizing committee executive board to raise awareness of the dearth of Native student athletes during the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four hosted in Minneapolis.

Alum using NCAA platform to raise awareness of Native athlete representation

Justice Anne K. McKeig ’92

First Native American Minnesota Supreme Court Justice

McKeig is a descendant of the White Earth band of Ojibwe, and in 1995 a member of that band, Robert Blaeser, was appointed to the Hennepin County District Court bench, the first Native American district-court judge in the state. McKeig attended his swearing-in ceremony and recalls thinking, “Hmm, maybe I can do this someday.” Blaeser soon became her mentor.

Read “Anne McKeig ’92: A fearless protector of children”