The latest edition of preLaw magazine gives Mitchell Hamline’s two predecessor schools high marks for preparing students to follow careers in public service.
The magazine used job placement numbers, curricula, debt, salaries, and loan payment options to determine its rankings.
By those measures, Hamline Law placed 18th among the magazine’s 20 top schools in preparing students for state and federal government jobs.
Meanwhile, William Mitchell ranked 18th among the nation’s top 20 schools for the number of students who get state clerkships after graduation. 14.6 percent of William Mitchell students secured positions clerking for state judges after graduation.
Those positions are highly sought after by law school grads, a point preLaw notes in its article.
“Clerks get to see the inner workings of the legal system and rub shoulders with powerful legal professionals. Much of the work involves writing and research, which are valuable tools for a legal career. Plus, a clerk does good by helping to keep our legal system running efficiently.”
The rankings in preLaw magazine were based on information collected before William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law combined to become Mitchell Hamline School of Law in December of 2015.
Mitchell Hamline’s predecessor schools both had a tradition of training graduates for legal careers in public service. That continues at the newly combined Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Earning a J.D. prepares students for a job in the courtroom, and also for leadership positions in government, business and community organizations.