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Law Schools Officially Combine


With official signatures and a small ceremony, Hamline School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law officially combined to become Mitchell Hamline School of Law on Thursday, December 9, 2015. This follows the American Bar Association granting acquiescence to the combined school the previous day and creates the largest independent law school in the region. Mitchell Hamline's new website is available here.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch Mitchell Hamline School of Law, which we are confident will retain and extend the best of each predecessor law school and become the pre-eminent institution in the region for practical, problem-solving legal education,” said Dan O’Keefe, chair of Mitchell Hamline’s board.

“The two institutions have similar values and philosophies, and combining our law school with William Mitchell will maximize the strengths of both in a way that will be hugely beneficial to law students and to our Hamline University students,” said Dr. Fayneese Miller, president of Hamline University and member of the Mitchell Hamline board. “We see great opportunity for collaboration between Hamline University and the combined law school, going forward.”

The two schools announced in February they had agreed to combine, subject to acquiescence from the American Bar Association. The ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has recognized Mitchell Hamline School of Law as a fully ABA-approved law school.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law will be housed primarily on what had been the William Mitchell campus, at 875 Summit Ave. in St. Paul. The first official classes at the combined school will begin on January 2, 2015.

“At a time when other law schools are cutting back, we are adding faculty, classes, and clinical opportunities and creating a combined alumni network that will be unmatched in the region,” Mark Gordon, president and dean of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, said.

The combined school has approximately 1,000 students and 42 full-time faculty; nationally-ranked offerings in alternative dispute resolution, clinical education, health law, and part-time programs; an array of certificate and dual-degree programs; and an alumni network of more than 19,000.

Mitchell Hamline has more enrollment options than any other law school in the country, with full-time, weekend, and part-time programs, including the nation’s first on-campus/online J.D. program at an ABA-approved law school. Mitchell Hamline is an independent law school that enjoys an affiliation with Hamline University, allowing students to earn dual degrees and have access to Hamline’s athletic facilities, library, and cultural programs.