Meeting your career goals
Your professional development and career advancement as future lawyers are priorities both inside and outside of the classroom. Mitchell Hamline combines our leading curriculum with our network of more than 20,000 alumni and other practitioners working in law firms, businesses large and small, non-profits, government, the judiciary, and beyond. Together, that combination gives Mitchell Hamline students and graduates valuable opportunities for hands-on learning experiences and legal work in all areas of the law.
The Foundations of Practice course
Mitchell Hamline is among the first law schools to introduce a required professional identity curriculum that teaches students the importance of aligning their future work as lawyers with their own professional and personal values, the evolving needs of clients, and the advancing realities of the practice of law. This lifelong work is more important than ever as lawyers and law students face a changing legal landscape.
The curriculum begins with the course Foundations of Practice, where you will consider your unique role as a future lawyer and member of the profession. You will evaluate the individual contributions you can make to the profession and begin the important work of constructing your professional identity. You will form a deeper understanding of the lawyer and law student’s role in the legal profession and build a foundation for greater career satisfaction.
- Professionalism and professional identity formation
- Leveraging individual strengths
- Exploring the legal profession
- Mental health and wellness
- Decision making and resilience
- Civility, professional judgment, and ethics
- Working collaboratively and emotional intelligence
- Leadership and problem solving
- The changing legal landscape
- Cross-cultural awareness
- Access to justice
- Your professional and ethical brand
Career and Professional Development staff
Individualized advising and career direction
Whether you are just beginning your career as a professional, are looking to advance within your current career, or are seeking to make a transition, our Office of Career and Professional Development provides the guidance and resources you need to pursue a career path meaningful to you. Every Mitchell Hamline student is matched one-on-one with a J.D. career counselor. Calling on their own professional experience as a lawyer, counselors will help you focus your career interests, identify your strengths, build your professional network, seek opportunities to gain work experience, and meet your individual professional development goals.
The most recently reported Mitchell Hamline graduate employment rate is nearly 95 percent. This number includes alumni who graduated between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019 and who were seeking and found work in all Bar Passage Required, J.D. Advantage, or Professional positions, or who were pursuing an advanced degree full-time within 10 months of their graduation.