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Mitchell Hamline School of Law

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs

A rigorous, practice-based experience. Preparing you to serve clients and communities.

A challenging curriculum that gets you ready to practice. More than 20,000 alumni to help guide your path to your career. Whether you take classes full time or part time, on-campus or partially online, you’ll start learning the work of a lawyer by doing it. You’ll benefit from world-class programs in emerging specialties. You’ll be ready to make an immediate contribution in law, business, government, community service, or whatever field you pursue.

The largest law school in our region, Mitchell Hamline has been preparing lawyers to practice law since 1900.


Law School That Fits Your Life

  • The leader in blended legal education
  • Study part time, partially online
  • Earn your J.D. from your hometown

Spending just a few weeks per year on campus, you can study the law at Mitchell Hamline through our blended-learning enrollment option. And you can do it from anywhere in the world. Our four-year, part-time program allows you to set your own schedule—whether that’s studying on nights, weekends, or during the day.

Mitchell Hamline became the first ABA-approved law school in the nation to offer students the chance to earn a law degree through a blend of online and on-campus instruction. This distance learning option was originally known as our Hybrid J.D. program, attracting both traditional and nontraditional students.


Minnesota's Law School of Choice

  • Study full time or part time on our St. Paul campus
  • Minnesota’s attorneys come from Mitchell Hamline

With more than 14,000 alumni working, serving, and leading in Minnesota, Mitchell Hamline is the law school of choice for students planning to practice law in Minnesota.

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The JD Program

Mitchell Hamline’s approach to legal education is best expressed in the school’s motto: Great in theory. Even better in practice. You’ll get the classic law school classes here, but always paired with a practical skill. We are connected to the practice, and we are committed to offering students the maximum possible opportunity to do what real lawyers do while still in law school. We teach through skills courses and simulation exercises that mirror real-world situations, and through actual hands-on experience with real clients.

Customized Specializations

Focus your studies through one of our specialty areas: Dispute Resolution, Health Law, Healthcare Compliance, Native American Law (Tribal Law, Indian Law), Business Law, Child Protection, Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Criminal Law, Black Life and the Law

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In Simulated Practice

  • Clinical Program

    17 clinics connecting students with real cases

  • Legal Writing

    Dedicated, full-time faculty building a strong foundation to your legal skills

  • Skills Simulations

    Innovative pedagogy that teaches whole legal concepts in intensive, condensed sessions

In the Real World

  • Externships

    Every student has an externship opportunity available

  • Residencies

    Work full time in your final year of law school with practicing attorneys

Student Life

In the Culture

  • Academic Advising

    A dedicated academic advising team to help you navigate course offerings, customize your degree, and guide you through graduation

  • Office of Academic Excellence

    A smooth transition to law school; the skills you need to perform well academically and on the bar exam

  • Counseling and Wellness Services

    Taking care of you mental and physical wellbeing during law school

  • Disability Services

    Developing accessible learning from the start and accommodating needs that arise

  • Student Organizations

    Dozens of groups bringing together students on campus and around the world

  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Creating an environment where students feel comfortable expressing their racial, ethnic, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, and all other dimensions of their social and cultural identity

  • Admissions

    Our admissions counselors can help you to decide if Mitchell Hamline is the right fit. We are proud to be able to provide significant scholarship funding to the majority of the incoming class

Career Placement and Bar Passage

Our Career and Professional Development staff are available to assist you with every aspect of career and professional development. Whether you are a new professional, looking to advance in your current career, or aiming to change course, by strategically leveraging and integrating your legal education, community involvement, professional experiences, and extensive alumni network of more than 20,000 professionals worldwide, we can help you compete successfully for jobs that exist today, while positioning you to excel in jobs yet to be created. We empower students and alumni to pursue careers they find meaningful by equipping them with the resources they need to achieve their individual goals.

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. 

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Tuition and Aid

Expense Cost

Tuition for 2023-24

Semester Tuition Full Time (12-15 credits): $25,810

Semester Tuition Part Time (8-11 credits): $18,640


Mitchell Hamline has a robust scholarship program designed for students from all walks of life. Scholarships are awarded based upon a variety of factors including previous academic excellence, professional experience, service and leadership experience, personal experience, and interest in specific areas of law. 

We are committed to partnering with you to find a financial plan that makes sense for you and your family. 

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Admission Decisions: Beyond the Numbers

The trait that best defines the student who chooses Mitchell Hamline is motivation. Though predictors of academic success are an important part of the application review process, we do not use LSAT or GPA cut-offs in our application review process. We read and consider every application we receive. Our current Student Profile will have information about the median LSAT score and GPA of the most recent incoming class.

The threshold question the Admissions Committee is trying to answer when reviewing an application is always, “Will this applicant be successful in studying the law at Mitchell Hamline?” 

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Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Mitchell Hamline:

3.10 to 3.67

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Mitchell Hamline:

149 to 158

25-75% UGPA Range at Mitchell Hamline:

3.10 to 3.67

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Mitchell Hamline:

149 to 158

25-75% UGPA Range at Mitchell Hamline:

3.10 to 3.67

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Mitchell Hamline:

149 to 158