Mitchell Hamline is a community made up of students, faculty, staff, and alumni committed to your success. Our culture allows us to get to know each other as peers and individuals. We are responsive to your needs, which helps to make sure you complete your educational goals once you begin.
Student Services works with the Student Bar Association (SBA) and other organizations to strengthen community and promote student wellness. We work with other departments on campus to help resolve challenges that may arise for students personally, academically, professionally, and in other ways. Student Services is led by the dean of students, who is the chief student advocate and is responsible for the overall success and wellbeing of our students.
Mitchell Hamline students are ambitious, public-minded, and diverse. These qualities are reflected in the two dozen student organizations active on campus organized around academic and professional areas of law, affinity and diversity groupings, and awareness and political activism. Mitchell Hamline students also have the opportunity to participate in legal fraternities and publications. Most students find it worthwhile to join one or more student organizations for professional advancement, personal enhancement, altruism, and networking. Participation in student organizations can enrich your law school experience while helping you expand your community and explore shared interests. It allows you to develop leadership skills, participate in engaging conversations, share resources, and network with members of the law school community and beyond. The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the official voice of Mitchell Hamline students. As an umbrella organization of all student organizations, the SBA coordinates various programs, activities, and events to meet the educational, recreational, and interpersonal needs of the student body. The SBA disburses funds to support student organizations.
Competitions and moot courts
Students who participate in Mitchell Hamline’s moot courts and competitions find additional opportunities to practice the skills they’ve learned and gain an understanding of how attorneys function within a particular area of law. Mitchell Hamline participates in various competitions, each featuring a distinct skill important to practicing lawyers. Each competition has its own focus, format, and eligibility standards. Mitchell Hamline students will find competitions and moot courts related to tax law, negotiation, mediation, health law, intellectual property, Native American law, environmental law, civil rights, and other areas.
In the fall of 2019, Mitchell Hamline centralized its work with students with disabilities into a newly created Office of Disability Services, giving students a one-stop resource specifically dedicated to serving their needs. Staff in the office work directly with individual students and also schoolwide to address barriers of access and inclusion, provide professional development programs around disability awareness, and help modify policies.
Mitchell Hamline is committed to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and services for all qualified students in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The school does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the administration of its education-related programs and activities.
Student health and wellness
Mitchell Hamline surrounds students with support and resources to maintain their health and wellness in every dimension of their lives including emotional, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social. The school established a counseling services program in 1991 that provides short-term, confidential support services for students while in law school. Counselors recognize and work with students on the many specific demands and stresses that members of the law school community face in the quest to meet the expectations of self, family, jobs, and education.