Great in theory. Even better in practice.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law provides a legal education grounded in legal theory and distinguished by exceptional practical legal training. A forward-thinking, independent law school with a history dating back more than 100 years, we have continually shaped legal education to be relevant to our students, their future clients, and the legal profession. We are committed to making legal education accessible and offer an unmatched number of enrollment options. Our students graduate prepared to put their degree into practice or use their legal training in the profession of their choice.
For more than 100 years, Mitchell Hamline has been committed to experiential, practice-based learning, shaping legal education to meet the needs of our students and the legal community. Mitchell Hamline School of Law is built on a long, rich history of providing innovative, forward-thinking, and accessible legal education. 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, practical, and problem-solving approach to legal education. At a time when many law schools are scaling back, Mitchell Hamline is growing and innovating. The law school offers nationally-ranked programs, an array of dual-degree and certificate programs, more enrollment options than any law school in the nation, and an alumni network of more than 19,000, the largest in the region.
Awards, Rankings, and Recognition
Mitchell Hamline is recognized for its remarkable academic programs, faculty, and student-friendly environment. Below are some of the accolades earned by Mitchell Hamline as well as its predecessor schools, Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law. Academics
- Mitchell Hamline has been named a top 20 law school for practical training by the National Jurist in its spring 2016 edition.
- Mitchell Hamline’s Health Law Institute earned an “A” for Health Law by the preLaw magazine in its September 2016 issue.
- Mitchell Hamline’s dispute resolution program, anchored by the Dispute Resolution Institute, ranks fifth in the nation, making it more than 15 consecutive years that the program has been ranked in the top five nationally. U.S. News & World Report
- Mitchell Hamline’s health law program ranks 12th in the nation, making it among the best of the increasing number of health law programs at U.S. law schools. U.S. News & World Report
- A top law school for teaching real-world skills, Mitchell Hamline’s clinical program has been among the top-ranked in the nation for more than a decade. U.S. News & World Report
- The part-time program at Mitchell Hamline is 28th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- The Warren E. Burger Library was chosen as 2015 Best of Saint Paul Awards for Libraries.
- The HYBRID J.D.℠ program is one of the “10 Most Promising Innovations in Legal Education.” preLaw magazine
- Professor Eric S. Janus, former president and dean of William Mitchell College of Law, has been named as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Legal Education” by The National Jurist in 2015 and 2016.
- Mitchell Hamline Professor Sarah Deer, a national leader in the effort to protect Native women from sexual abuse, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. She was also named one of 20 “Leaders in Diversity” by the National Jurist, in its Fall 2015 edition, recognizing outstanding minority law professors who have gone above and beyond in furthering diversity efforts in legal education. Professor Deer received the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA in February 2016 for her work in promoting diversity efforts.
- William Mitchell is one of only 48 colleges and universities in the country to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
- A commitment to recruiting and assisting military students earned William Mitchell the distinction of being a Military-Friendly School, the only Minnesota law school to receive this designation.
- The Mitchell Hamline campus ranks 21 out of 200 for “Best Law School Facilities.” preLaw magazine
- Warren E. Burger ’31—one of only seventeen people to have served as chief justice of the United States—is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline.
- Ten of 19 Minnesota Court of Appeals judges are Mitchell Hamline graduates.
- Hamline ranked in the top 20 law schools for careers in government in the Winter 2016 edition of the preLaw magazine.
- William Mitchell ranked in the top 20 law schools for state judicial clerkships in the Winter 2016 edition of the preLaw magazine.
- With an alumni network that’s a powerhouse in the Upper Midwest legal community, Mitchell Hamline has more Super Lawyers in Minnesota than any other law school.
- More than half of Minnesota’s district court judges are Mitchell Hamline alumni.
- More than half of Minnesota’s county attorneys are Mitchell Hamline alumni.
- In 2014, Hamline and William Mitchell were the top two Minnesota private law schools in an ABA report on J.D.-required employment outcomes.
- Mitchell Hamline alumni led the Ramsey County Bar Association for 10 consecutive years (2006-2016).
- Minnesota Justice Foundation: Serving those in need
- Consortium for Innovative Legal Education
- Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium
- Minnesota Elder Justice Center
- World Without Genocide
- China University of Political Science and Law’s College of Comparative Law
- Aichi University Law School, Nagoya, Japan
- Real-World Learning Opportunities
Mitchell Hamline partners with public and private organizations large and small to provide students with volunteer experience, externship opportunities, and pro bono work experience.
Our partners in the community include:
- Faegre Baker Daniels
- Guzman Law Firm
- Housing Alliance Law Office
- Immigration Law Center of Minnesota
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
- Volunteer Lawyers Network
- Briggs and Morgan
- Pohlad Family Foundation
- Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis Senior Law Project
- Public Defender’s Office, Buffalo, Minn.
- Executive Office for Immigration Review
- Minneapolis Veterans Hospital Office of Regional Counsel
- Neighborhood Justice Center
- St. Paul City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division
- Minnesota Tax Court
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Ramsey County Guardian Ad Litem Program
- Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association
Learn about Mitchell Hamline from Mitchell Hamline students
Students come to Mitchell Hamline from all over the country and the world, pursue a variety of interests and activities while in law school and go on to do interesting work. In this short video, five students at various stages of their law-school careers talk about why they chose Mitchell Hamline, the experiences they’ve had, and how the school and its alums have helped them identify and secure meaningful careers.