*Stay tuned for forthcoming information about the 2023 Program*
March 2, 2021
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is thrilled to present a virtual Countdown to Graduation event for our graduates and soon-to-be graduates of 2021. We hope you will join us on March 2, 2021 to celebrate your graduation and many accomplishments, to hear from alumni about successful strategies for your post-graduate job search, and to ask questions about how the different offices at Mitchell Hamline support your transition from law school into law practice. Participants will also be entered into a raffle for prizes. See you there!
When: March 2, 2021, 2–5:45 pm CST
Where: On Zoom. Click HERE to join!
Why: To provide advice, answers, and resources on bar preparation, commencement, financial aid, alumni resources, job search and interview strategies, career exploration, and more!
|10 am–2 pm||Open Office Hours for Mitchell Hamline School of Law Departments (pop into a department’s zoom room and ask any questions you have, see below for links)|
|2–2:10 pm||Welcome, Click HERE to join!|
|2:10–2:20 pm||Minnesota State Bar Association; Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers|
|2:20–3 pm||Mitchell Hamline School of Law Department Panel: What Can the Offices at Mitchell Hamline Do For You|
|3–4 pm||Open Office Hours for Mitchell Hamline School of Law Departments and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (links for departments are listed below, LCL link here)|
|4–5 pm||Alumni Panel: Navigating Your Job Search After Law School|
|5–5:45 pm||Game Night: Jackbox|
Department Links and Resources:
Office of Academic Affairs/Blended Learning
Information about the Blended Learning Program can be found on the webpage.
Office of Academic Excellence
Open Office Hours: March 2, 1–2 pm and 3–4 pm (click here to join)
Bar Prep Tutoring
Academic Excellence offers free 1:1 bar prep tutoring to all MH grads. To be matched with an AE tutor, please email email@example.com.
Crush the Bar Workshop Series
The Office of Academic Excellence provides bar preparation workshops for graduates as a supplement to their commercial bar preparation course. Workshops on skills are led by Academic Excellence faculty and workshops on substantive areas of law are led by Mitchell Hamline doctrinal faculty. Videos and associated materials from the Feb. 2021 Bar Exam series are available on-demand here: Crush the Bar. Videos from past workshop series are also available on the Academic Excellence website.
All MH students have access to the Preliminary Multistate Bar Review course at no additional charge. PMBR is an MBE-specific bar prep program that has been used by more than 1 million bar takers. PMBR teaches the law and the test-taking strategies you need to know for the bar and shows you how to apply them all to actual test questions. To learn more about PMBR go to pmbr.com or reach out to our Kaplan Liaison, Victor Piemonte, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaplan Bar Review
All MH students have access to Kaplan’s Complete Bar Review Course for their jurisdiction at no additional charge. This course is offered live online or on-demand. For more information visit kaptest.com/bar-exam or reach out to our Kaplan Liaison, Victor Piemonte, at email@example.com.
The Writing Center Specialists are available to look at writing samples.
Any student can request writing tutoring on the Academic Excellence website
The Academic Excellence website has valuable resources and videos to help you with your bar prep.
Office of Alumni and Donor Relations
Open Office Hours: March 2, 3–4 pm (click here to join)
Student Award of Merit
Every year, the Mitchell Hamline Alumni Board recognizes the law school’s newest graduates (from both winter and spring commencement) with the Student Award of Merit. Students may nominate themselves, one another, or they may be nominated by an alum, staff member, externship/internship host, trustee, or faculty member. The award goes to students who demonstrate both academic achievement and community engagement, as well as a commitment to remaining engaged with Mitchell Hamline after graduation. To learn more and submit a nomination, visit our Student Award of Merit webpage. The deadline to submit a complete nomination with supporting documents is April 15, 2021.
Become a mentor for future students! Our mentoring programs pair Mitchell Hamline students with alumni for advice on navigating law school and guidance in exploring career opportunities and seeking and celebrating professional success.
Alumni Association Board
The Mitchell Hamline Alumni Association promotes relationships among alumni, and between alumni and Mitchell Hamline and current students. It does this through encouraging alumni to attend CLEs and events (such as the Alumni Golf Tournament and the Women in Law Tea), to support students by volunteering as mentors, speakers, mock interviewers, and more, and to support the school through financial contributions. Membership in the association is automatic upon graduation and is absolutely free.
There are several ways to volunteer your time at Mitchell Hamline. We offer one time opportunities like resume review or job shadows as well as longer term commitments such as our mentorship program. If you’re interested in volunteering or learning more, please register with our alumni directory and browse volunteer opportunities.
Office of Career and Professional Development
Open Office Hours: March 2, 10 am–2 pm and 3–4 pm (click here to join)
Nuts and Bolts Series and Tip Sheets
Our Nuts and Bolts video series and tip sheets will help you explore career areas of interest, identify strategies for developing professional connections both in person and virtually, and prepare for an upcoming job or informational interview.
Resume, Cover Letter, Legal Writing Sample
View helpful tip sheets and samples. Don’t forget to view our “New Graduate” materials!
Browse and Apply for Jobs
Visit the Career Development website to view resources for your job search strategy, tips for out-of-state job seekers, and general search tools.
Mitchell Hamline uses Symplicity to host job postings for Mitchell Hamline students and alumni.
PSJD.org is a national resource for law students and attorneys interested in public service. Among other resources, PSJD includes an extensive jobs database with a variety of public interest opportunities, include paid and unpaid internships, fellowship opportunities, and more. Mitchell Hamline is already a subscribing member, so to utilize this resource, students can create an account using their Mitchell Hamline email.
Equal Justice Works
EJW is a nation-wide organization that funds students’ independent grant proposals for public interest work. Candidates for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship can create a Fellowship project of their own design or can apply to join an established Fellowship program dedicated to serving a specific population or addressing an unmet legal need.
You may be able to request reciprocity to utilize the career services resources of another participating law school. For more information, read our Reciprocity Policy.
Alumni Mentoring and Connections
Work with your career advisor to identify and connect with alumni working in your practice or geographic area of interest. Alumni mentors are eager to help new graduates explore career opportunities and introduce you to the legal profession and they are instrumental in your job search.
Join the regional, state, or country bar association in your home communities or where you plan to seek work. Bar associations are critical resources for new lawyers seeking to make professional connections, join a legal community, and find legal employment and membership in many of these organizations is free or reduced fee for new lawyers. Ask your career advisor if you have questions about how to connect with the bar association in your area.
Meet with your advisor
Schedule a meeting with a Career and Professional Development staff member to discuss your career goals and develop a plan to secure the position you are seeking.
Office of the Registrar
Transcripts can be ordered through the Office of the Registrar website: How to Order a Transcript | Office of the Registrar (mitchellhamline.edu)
If you indicated on your Intent to Graduate form that you will be sitting for the bar exam in Minnesota, your conferral will be sent to the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners after your degree is awarded. If you are sitting in another jurisdiction, please send any character and fitness or degree certification forms to be completed to the Office of the Registrar.
If you need to request a degree verification letter, or a replacement diploma, visit the Forms page of the Office of the Registrar website: Forms | Office of the Registrar (mitchellhamline.edu)
Graduation information can be found on the Graduation page of the Office of the Registrar website: Graduation | Office of the Registrar (mitchellhamline.edu)
Open Office Hours: March 2, 10 am–2 pm and 3–4 pm (click here to join)
Loan Repayment Programs
Mitchell Hamline’s Financial Aid Office has information about loan repayment programs for students and alumni working in public interest jobs.
Open Office Hours: March 2, 1:30pm-2:00pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm (click here to join)
For information on doctoral caps and gowns, diplomas, and other questions visit the FAQ section.
Mitchell Hamline Accounts and Subscriptions
You will be able to use Office 365, Canvas, and printing accounts for one year post graduation. Your student Zoom Pro account will convert to standard Zoom account, and graduates will have access to the account for one year post graduation. Your student email will convert to an alumni account, which you will be able to access at any time.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (MN)
Open Office Hours: March 2, 3:00pm-4:00pm (click here to join)
LCL provides free and confidential, peer and professional support, to lawyers, judges, law student, and immediate family members on any issue that causes stress or distress. You can speak to a counselor at any time at 651-646-5590. You can also call LCL’s counseling providers at Sand Creek directly 24 hours a day at 651-430-3383 or Toll-free: 1-888-243-5744. Mention that you are calling for LCL. You can also visit www.mnlcl.org and email LCL at firstname.lastname@example.org. For students in other locations outside of Minnesota, you are also encouraged to contact your local lawyer assistance program for the same free, confidential services you may receive from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Minnesota. Here is a link to the information in all jurisdictions.