Diversity at Mitchell Hamline
We believe diversity is important in the classroom, the school, and the legal profession. We’re devoted to increasing the diversity of the legal community by providing support, encouragement, advice, and learning opportunities to students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds.
Mitchell Hamline is a welcoming and respectful community where individuals can explore differences in a safe and positive environment, and where students not only learn from their professors but also from the diverse life experiences of their classmates. Our culture allows us to get to know each other as peers and individuals.
Students are required to attend at least six total hours of extracurricular diversity programming prior to graduation. Of the six hours, at least four hours must be in your first or second year.
Cultural affinity groups
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion assists several student organizations in planning social activities, lectures, and events that inform and create community.
|Fall 2019 entering class|
|Students of color||20%|
|First generation law student||35%|
Frequently asked questions
How important is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Mitchell Hamline?
Mitchell Hamline’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is essential to building momentum for practices that support access to the legal profession. We work to eliminate disrespectful and offensive behaviors, disparities, and to create a safe environment, free from exclusion, and intimidation. We are committed to providing diversity training for students, faculty, and staff for the development and implementation of policies and procedures that support students.
What is the culture and climate like for students of color?
We are working hard to provide a supportive environment that is welcoming and celebrates diversity. We also foster relationships with our alumni to provide social and emotional support for our students.
What are the goals for recruitment, retention, and graduation for culturally diverse students?
Our goal is to attract, support, retain, and graduate a diverse student body that is well-prepared to become the next generation of leaders in the legal community and the world.
How does Mitchell Hamline support culturally diverse students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students?
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides support to all student affinity groups, ensuring students have access to resources and opportunities. We work with student leaders to create programming that builds community and professional connections.