Areas of Specialization

Our curriculum prepares you for success in any area of the law. While you’re here, we want you to explore the law, experience different types of practice, and find something that fits your career goals.

“There aren’t a lot of law schools in the country where sitting trial judges come in and teach law students Evidence. Judge Patrick Fitzgerald taught me Evidence and opened my eyes to the world of courtroom practice and made me realize that courtroom drama was where I really wanted to be.”

Justice Helen Meyer

—Justice Helen Meyer ’83

Minnesota Supreme Court (retired)

Professors with careers throughout the world of law

Learn from professors who know, are well known in, and work in the areas of law that interest you. You won’t find professors at Mitchell who teach a couple courses and go home. They are active in the profession.

Learn how the Mitchell faculty puts the law to work

Client-Representation Clinics

Our nationally ranked clinical program lets you gain skills while working with real clients on cases involving:

  • Business
  • Child protection
  • Civil advocacy
  • Community development
  • Criminal appeals
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual property
  • Psychiatry
  • Public service
  • Taxes
  • Misdemeanor crime

More about Mitchell’s renowned clinical program

Centers and Institutes

William Mitchell has several academic centers and institutes in critical areas of the legal profession. Centers and institutes allow students to gain real-world experience by working closely with faculty and attorneys who are leading scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in these specialized areas of law.

  • Legal Practice Center
  • Center for Law and Business
  • Center for Negotiation & Justice
  • Indian Law
  • Intellectual Property Institute
  • National Security Forum
  • Public Health Law Center

More about Mitchell’s Centers and Institutes

“With all of the large biotech companies in the state, Minnesota is the place to practice patent law and most of the IP practitioners are Mitchell graduates.”


—Elizabeth Capan ’12

3M Office of Intellectual Property Counsel

Subject areas taught at William Mitchell

  • Administrative and Legislative Process
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bar Preparation
  • Business Law
  • Child Welfare
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estates
  • Family Law
  • Government Practice
  • Health Law
  • Indian Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Legal History
  • National Security Law
  • Negotiation
  • Personal Injury
  • Poverty Law
  • Product Liability
  • Property Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Taxation
  • Torts

More about Mitchell’s J.D. Curriculum