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have found a law school that fits their lives

You can earn a J.D. in a way that fits your life.

Mitchell Hamline prepares students from all walks of life to begin serving as lawyers and leaders as soon as they graduate.

Our multiple enrollment options are designed to let you earn a J.D. without putting your other commitments in life on hold—or even relocating to the Twin Cities. In addition to full- and part-time on-campus schedules, we offer a blended option that brings you to campus a couple of times a semester and lets you spend the rest of the time completing your work online, with a schedule that you control entirely each week. Once you are enrolled, you can switch between options if you need more flexibility.

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Princeton Review Best Online JDA leader in part-time legal education

Study partially online or on campus in our nationally ranked part-time program

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.

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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.

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Amber Fitzgerald ’20, Washington, Missouri

For the first time at an ABA-approved law school, a blended learning student—Amber Fitzgerald from Missouri—was elected editor in chief of the school’s law review.

Amber talks about her home and classroom experience and classmates in Mitchell Hamline’s blended learning program.

State Current Students Graduates
Illinois 16 314
Indiana 13 60
Iowa 13 159
Kansas 5 25
Michigan 11 97
Minnesota 604 14,240
Missouri 11 77
Nebraska 7 38
North Dakota 17 131
Ohio 8 65
South Dakota 14 116
Wisconsin 51 1,322
Link to Matthew Nuzum article in Iowa Lawyer Magazine

“My school has been doing online legal education since 2015 and has created programs specifically targeting students like me who balance school with a full-time job, or maybe in an area underserved by a law school. My classmates are spread from Guam to Germany, with one based on a submarine. Many are in the Midwest, but there is a large number from New York and Texas as well.”

—Matthew Nuzum, 3L

Jane Blaney ’20, St. Paul

Where are you originally from?

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Career path highlights

Before law school I worked as a school nurse and case manager for children with autism in state custody, managed four dental offices clinically and did all regulatory work, volunteered with a hospital in Haiti, worked at DaVita with pre-dialysis patients. Since starting law school I have worked or externed with the Public health Law Center, Optum, DHS, Faegre Baker Daniels, Medica, and Global Rights for Women.

What is something unique about your personal or professional story?

I grew up in Canada and moved to the United States for undergrad. I never planned to go to law school but the longer I worked clinically in the U.S. healthcare system, the more I knew law school was the next step I needed to make to affect healthcare policy. I have been passionate about healthcare my entire life and I chose Mitchell Hamline because the Health Law Institute shares this passion. Most people I have met in law school are not completely sure what they want to do, but I entered law school with a single minded focus on where I was headed.

The decision to leave a career to return to school was challenging and scary but Mitchell Hamline was so supportive. The professors at our school have changed my life with how they encourage me and challenge me to be my best. Not only that but I met my boyfriend who also challenges me and believes in me and in my continued career path. These past three years have transformed me into the person I always wanted to be as I learned to have confidence in myself and my passions. I feel ready to enter the professional world, prepared for the work that I will encounter, and comfortable knowing where to find resources when I need them.

What do you plan to do with your law degree?

I will be joining Faegre Drinker Biddle in their Health Law Group after graduation. I also plan to continue working in healthcare policy and volunteering with Global Rights for Women.

Please include anything else you think prospective students would be interested to know.

Mitchell Hamline provides the structure and encouragement you need to be successful at defining your own law school journey. Be open to new experiences and don’t be afraid to ask for help—there is always someone at this school ready to go out of their way to help and guide you!

Describe your student experience.

I have been very involved. In my 1L year I worked part time at the Public Health Law Center in their Tobacco Legislation team. I had an opportunity in my 1L summer to work at Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group). Aside from that I focused solely on doing well academically.

In my 2L year I competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team in Vienna, Austria. I also competed on the Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance Team in Baltimore, MD and my team and I won 2nd place! I was a writing associate on the Journal of Public Policy and Practice and wrote my long paper on how wearable technology is changing healthcare litigation. I also externed at the Department of Human Services. In my 2L summer I worked with Faegre Baker Daniels (now Faegre Drinker Biddle) as a summer associate. I then attended a study abroad in Norway on Maritime law.

In my 3L year I competed on the National Health Law Moot Court team in Carbondale, Illinois. I am also currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Mitchell Hamline Journal of Public Policy and Practice. As part of this experience I was honored to help organize a large 160-person conference on Healthcare Reform which featured speakers from Minnesota, Chicago, and Washington DC. I am currently involved in the Health Law Clinic where I help represent clients as part of a medical legal partnership. I am also interning at Medica with their Public Policy and Government Relations team where I spend part of my time researching healthcare policy and bills, and the other part of my time is spent lobbying at the Minnesota State Capitol. This year I have also volunteered as an intern at Global Rights for Women, assisting with legal research in helping international groups make changes to their legal systems to support fighting against violence against women and children.

I have LOVED my law school experience. I have been very busy, but have appreciated every opportunity I was given.

Caleb Gerbitz ’20, Madison

Where are you originally from?

Mukwonago, WI

Career path highlights

Served as a Master-at-Arms in the U.S. Navy Reserve from December 2013 through December 2019 (balanced coursework with drilling and training obligations through most of law school); Worked as a policy advisor and a committee clerk in in the Wisconsin State Senate immediately before attending law school; Interned in the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate while an undergraduate student at UW-Madison.

Tell us about your life outside of law school.

Married without children; enjoy hiking with my wife (Abby); active member in my church; motorcycle rider; huge Brewers baseball fan; enjoy playing basketball with friends. Between the end of my summer associateship and my 3L year, a friend and I rode motorcycles across Vietnam, from Saigon to Hanoi.

What is something unique about your personal or professional story?

I grew up the oldest of eight kids and spent summers in high school and college working on an Icelandic horse farm in Eagle, Wisconsin.

Why did you want to go to law school?

I truly enjoyed working as a legislative policy advisor, but I always got the sense that if I really wanted to understand the laws I was helping draft, I needed to go to law school. Law school was an opportunity to study my passion and gain a fuller understanding of how our legal system works.

What do you plan to do with your law degree?

After graduating, I will take the bar in Wisconsin and begin a two-year clerkship for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn.

Describe your student experience.

Law Review: This year, I was Head Managing Editor for the Mitchell Hamline Law Review and was responsible for overseeing the editing schedule for the year and leading the editing of several articles. Last year, I was an associate on the Law Review.
Moot Court: This year, my teammate and I won first place brief for our submission in the FBA Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition. Unfortunately, oral arguments were cancelled due to Covid-19.
Federal Bar Association: During my 2L year, I was president of the Mitchell Hamline Chapter of the FBA. This spring, the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA made me the Mitchell Hamline recipient of the FBA Student Award.
Research Assistant: Beginning in January of my 1L year and continuing throughout the rest of law school, I was a research assistant for Professor James Coben, helping him with research related to mediation.
Federalist Society: I was a member of Mitchell Hamline’s Federalist Society and served as its vice-president during my 3L year.
MJF: Volunteered 65 hours through MJF at the Hennepin County Self-Help Center.
Jobs: Intern at the United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota; Summer Associate at Best & Flanagan; Law Clerk at Hinshaw & Culbertson.