Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law was formed in 2015 by the combination of William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law. This extraordinary union brought together two law schools that have shaped Minnesota’s legal landscape for more than a combined 155 years, creating the top law school in the Midwest for students seeking a rigorous, accessible, practice-based experience.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an autonomous nonprofit institution governed by an independent board of trustees, with a strong, visible, and long-lasting affiliation to Hamline University. Students can earn dual degrees through the school’s affiliation with Hamline University. Hamline University students can earn their JD through the 3+3 program.
Opportunity and access
Mitchell Hamline provides access to legal education and experience with the law that fits your situation in life. Both full-time and part-time JD enrollment options are available including the first-of-its-kind blended-learning enrollment option. As the region’s largest law school, the variety of course offerings, experiential programs, and specializations are unmatched.
Blending learning the law in the classroom with real-world experiences is the best preparation for the legal profession. Mitchell Hamline students were among the first in the nation to represent real clients with real legal problems through a partnership established with a local Saint Paul charity in 1922. Mitchell Hamline students can earn JD credit while working directly with clients through clinics, externships, and residences.
With more than 20,000 alumni living, working, and leading in Minnesota and beyond, Mitchell Hamline has a proud and powerful alumni community. They are leaders in the profession, working in the state’s largest law firms, Fortune 500 companies, judiciary, government, and nonprofit organizations. More than half of all district court judges and county attorneys in Minnesota are Mitchell Hamline alumni.