Practical wisdom is knowing legal theory and how to practice the law. It’s why Mitchell classes teach students to understand the law and how to read statutes, negotiate, write briefs, and make compelling arguments. It’s what we’ve been providing students for more than 100 years.
It starts with our professors and comes to life in our classrooms. Students make it their own in our clinics and through public service work in the community. And when they graduate, they have it.
In the Classroom
We’ve always been the law school for practical training. It’s why we’re called the “lawyer’s law school.” It’s why every first-year class teaches legal concepts and concrete legal skills. It’s what makes us different.
- Deals and Dispute Resolution lasts five days and five nights, requires 10 faculty members, and gives students the opportunity to experience the rush of working a deal from start to finish
- Public Health Law Center puts students on front lines of improving country’s health
- Mitchell students publish patent law pro bono handbook written by top intellectual property attorneys
In the Community
Each year, Mitchell students volunteer thousands of hours helping hundreds of clients in the community—and everybody wins. Students gain valuable experience, and people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to legal services get the help they need.
In the News
When you’re making a positive difference, the media pay attention.
- Mitchell’s Immigration Clinic frees Australian student from jail KARE-11
- Mitchell student partners with Anoka County to start a teen court Star Tribune
- Mitchell students work with families in Ramsey County KSTP-TV
- Mitchell students start a self-help legal clinic Star Tribune
- Mitchell students help women just released from prison KARE-11
In the Words of …
Practical wisdom explained in the words of alumni and professors of William Mitchell.