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William Mitchell College of Law

William Mitchell's curriculum combines legal theory with practical skills training. You will graduate with knowledge of the law and real-world experience counseling clients, researching cases, negotiating deals, writing legal briefs, and appearing before judges.



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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 924
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 150 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.11 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.54%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.0%
Tuition $36,020



About William Mitchell College of Law

William Mitchell's curriculum combines legal theory with practical skills training. You will graduate with knowledge of the law and real-world experience counseling clients, researching cases, negotiating deals, writing legal briefs, and appearing before judges.


“Unlike some of the other top law schools, William Mitchell College of Law prepares its students to actually practice law upon graduation and not five years down the road.” At William Mitchell, a private institution in St. Paul, most students acknowledge this as fact; they feel competent and ready. The legal writing, research, moot courts, and other competitions prepare students for the real world, as well as bolster confidence. One student had an externship “with a judge and worked fifteen-plus hours a week as a law clerk.” The school places “a huge emphasis on getting involved in clinics, becoming research assistants, and networking with other lawyers and judges.” This is all made possible by the “Mitchell Mafia,” an alumni network comprising more than 11,000 graduates, which is “one of the greatest strengths of William Mitchell.” “The alumni are constantly working to ensure that students have the best opportunities available to them.” “If you want practical experience to set your resume apart, such as clinics, externships, internships, moot court, journal, volunteer work, etc., you will get it, if you apply.” William Mitchell also offers courses in which students practice law in a simulated environment, such as Legal Practicum and Advanced Advocacy. Don’t worry—there’s theory thrown in as well, but it all seems to work together to instill a confidence in the graduating class that’s seen in few other law schools. Most full-time faculty members maintain a practice outside of academia. Students say this enhances the classroom experience. “They have pushed me to think outside the box analytically and to view the assigned readings with a critical eye.” The professors “care deeply about sharing their knowledge.” “They are teachers at heart first, academics second.” In addition to full-time professors, there are “a plethora of wonderful adjunct faculty, who are willing to teach specialized courses.” For one student who was called to duty and another studying abroad, the professors remained accessible through prompt e-mails and lecture podcasts. “These are people who love to teach.” Also, “There is a good balance in age and experience of faculty members, and new adjunct faculty are constantly being recruited.” They’re “some of the best professors I have experienced in any educational setting.” “The intellectual property courses and faculty were amazing and have prepared me for a successful career in entertainment law.”“William Mitchell seems to go out of its way to assist students.” Both part- and full-time students think the administration is “helpful, friendly, and accessible.” They’re “willing to bend over backwards to make things happen.” They “learn the students’ names and often engage them in casual conversation.” The “library is beautiful,” “definitely one of the best in the country.” The technology, accessibility, materials, and study space are much better than at other schools. Classrooms are aesthetically pleasing, as well as “very modern, and equipped with the newest technology.” “The reference librarians are very accommodating and patient.” “I cannot emphasize how smoothly things are done.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 326

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Dual Degree in conjunction w/ Minnesota State University, Mankato; JD-MS in Community Health. If classes are taken concurrently can be accomplished in 4 years, however must be completed within 6 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 251
Full-Time Faculty 36
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 13
Part-Time Faculty 202
Faculty Gender 53% Male
46% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 19 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
White 74%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,020 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $36,020 $36,020

Financial Aid

96% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$35,068 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: August 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Incoming Class

William Mitchell College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 151 - 158
LSAT Part-Time 146 - 157
LSAT Total 150 - 158

William Mitchell College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.16 - 3.59
Part-Time 3.0 - 3.46
Total 3.11 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency



U.S. News & World Report

#20 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings
#23 National Liberal Arts



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 94%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 93%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85%
Average Starting Salary $52,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 52 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 13 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 1%
Business Industry 80 31%
Government 28 11%
Public Interest 9 3%
State Clerkship 29 11%
Other Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 6 2%
Unknown Employer Type 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 32 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 1%
WI 2%
MN 89%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of William Mitchell College of Law include:

  • Kathleen Flynn Peterson - Past President, American Association for Justice
  • Sam Hanson - Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (retired)
  • Douglas Amdahl - Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (retired)
  • Rosalie Wahl - Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (retired)
  • Warren E. Burger - Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986)

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