Overview

Applicants
721
Acceptance Rate
72%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.25
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
169

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
149 - 156

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
August 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
230

50.4
Female
11.3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Located in St. Paul’s scenic Summit Avenue neighborhood, just minutes from the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, William Mitchell is known for “wonderful professors,” “generous scholarships,” and a “good balance of legal theory and practical experience.” It offers a flexible program that allows students to attend full time, part time, or on campus/online. In fact, it’s the first on-campus/online hybrid program at an ABA-approved law school. The hybrid program combines “intensive in-person experiential learning and online coursework that allows students to study the law from anywhere in the world.” This is especially beneficial for “non-traditional” students who need to “work and go to school.”
Students appreciate the “emphasis on practical education.” William Mitchell’s “great instructors” focus on “experiential learning,” and there are “numerous opportunities to practice skills in the real world and in areas that are of greatest interest to you.” The “courses focus on practical skills, while still teaching the necessary doctrine.” Students praise the “focus on how the concepts will actually apply in practice.” Also, all “Mitchell students take a three-credit hands-on skill-building Advocacy course that focuses on client representation, negotiation, and advocacy skills.” In a lot of the classes, one student notes, “I feel like I’m doing work similar to a ‘real lawyer.’” Recently, the program has been especially “innovative, responsive, and creative in reworking the curriculum,” notes another. William Mitchell offers thirteen clinics—including Business Law, Child Protection, Civil Advocacy, Community Development, Criminal Appeals, Immigration Law, Indian Law, Intellectual Property Law, Law and Psychiatry, Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP), Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients Misdemeanor, and the Reentry Clinic. The Indian law program is of special interest, as the “professors are truly experts in the field.” William Mitchell also offers eleven simulation courses, and seventeen externships, which are “encouraged and highly facilitated,” but some students say popular classes can be hard to get into.
There are big changes afoot at William Mitchell as it combines with Hamline Law, and some students worry that they will lose the small-class environment, but others welcome the change. Either way, “everyone at William Mitchell is there to support you in excelling,” says one student. William Mitchell “provides highly accessible staff and admin.” Every “opportunity you could ask for awaits at your fingertip at this school,” and if you “reach out to alumni, faculty or staff members, they will give their all in trying to help you succeed.”
The “long tradition of the school gives the students a huge alumni base to access,” and “the alumni are hungry to help current students.” “Mitchell people help out other Mitchell people,” says one student. “I could not believe how prevalent this sentiment was when I started.” “I feel very prepared to enter the legal field upon graduation—both in knowledge and support,” notes a 2L. William Mitchell has an especially “strong alumni base in the Twin Cities.” For students who wish to stay in “Minnesota or the surrounding states (i.e. North Dakota, Iowa, etc.),” “finding a job after graduating from William Mitchell is very likely.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
89%
Median Starting Salary
$55,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
91%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
81%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
40

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
State of Minnesota; Briggs & Morgan; Stinson Leonard Street; Gray Plant Mooty; Thomson Reuters; Faegre Baker Daniels; Dorsey and Whitney

Graduates Employed by Area

36%
Private Practice
25%
Business/Industry
14%
Judicial Clerkships
10%
Government
5%
Public Interes
2%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

88%
MidWest
3%
South
2%
Mountain
1%
Mid-Atlantic
1%
Pacific

Prominent Alumni

Warren E. Burger
Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986)

Rosalie Wahl
Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (retired)

Susan Haigh
CEO, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Justice Helen Meyer
Retired Associate Justice , MN Supreme Court

Sean Duffy
U.S. Senator from Wisconsin

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$45,320

% Students Receiving Some Aid
99%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,400
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$0
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$17,900
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,550
Fees
$260

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
665
Parent Institution Enrollement
668

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
21
Average Age at Entry
27

% Out-of-State
32%
% International
2%

Demographics

16.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

68% are full time
32% are part time
56% female
44% male

Campus Life

Students Say

When not in class or studying, William Mitchell students can be found “relaxing on nearby Grand Avenue,” “making connections with the thousands of Mitchell alumni who live and work in the area, and enjoying the vibrant cultural, entertainment, and nightlife that the area has to offer.” There are also “more than sixty student groups and organizations” from “academic and professional to athletics and recreation to religious and multicultural.” Students praise the campus facilities and note that “multiple other campuses use [William Mitchell’s] library because of its ambiance and resources.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Julie Ekkers
Asst. Dean of Admissions

Address
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone
651-290-6476

Email
admissions@wmitchell.edu


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