Skills Curriculum

Learning to practice the law isn’t all about reading casebooks, so all Mitchell students take a three-credit hands-on skill-building Advocacy course that focuses on client representation, negotiation, and advocacy skills. In addition all students take at least one course from the following list of courses.

Simulation courses

  • 44-Hour Family Mediation
  • ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Advanced
  • Advocacy, Advanced
  • Argumentation and Persuasion
  • Deals and Dispute Resolution: A One-Week Jterm Simulation
  • Legal Practicum: General Practice (formerly Legal Practicum)
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasive Legal Writing
  • Pretrial Litigation
  • Transactions and Settlements


    • Business Law Clinic
    • Child Protection Clinic
    • Civil Advocacy Clinic
    • Community Development Clinic
    • Criminal Appeals Clinic
    • Immigration Law Clinic
    • Indian Law Clinic
    • Intellectual Property Law Clinic
    • Law and Psychiatry Clinic
    • Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) Clinic
    • Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients
    • Misdemeanor Clinic
    • The Reentry Clinic


William Mitchell offers students a variety of externships that provide valuable hands-on learning experiences. Student can choose to participate in classroom-based externships, independent externships, and independent judicial externships. The Legal Practice Center provides more information.

Classroom-based externships, listed below, offer a classroom portion focused on analytical topics. These externships have regularly scheduled classes and are under the direction of the assigned professor.

  • Administrative Law Externship
  • Bankruptcy Law Externship
  • Civil Rights Litigation and Policy Externship
  • Court of Appeals Externship
  • Comparative Law – Lawyers: Opponents of Democracy? – Field Placement
  • Compliance Externship
  • Criminal Justice Externship
  • District Court Externship
  • Elder Justice Policy Externship
  • Family Law Externship
  • Federal Judicial Externship
  • Government Agency Externship
  • Independent Holistic Public Defender Clinic
  • Law and Business Externship
  • Veterans Law Externship
  • Work of the Lawyer
  • Work of the Lawyer: Small & Solo Firms & the Quality of Justice

One-credit workshops

  • Elder Law Workshop: Advising the Senior Client
  • Public International Law Research Workshop I

Advanced classes in specific practice areas

  • Business Buy/Sell Transaction Simulation
  • IP – Intellectual Property Appellate Practice
  • IP – Intellectual Property Licensing
  • IP – Patent Litigation
  • IP – Patent Prosecution
  • Law and Business: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Law and Business: The Start-Up Business Enterprise
  • Tax Research