Skills Curriculum

A recent survey of more than 1,750 lawyers in Minnesota showed that Mitchell graduates rank number one among those from the state’s four law schools in “preparedness for practice.”

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

  • Public International Law Research Workshop I

Advanced classes in specific practice areas

  • IP – Appellate Practice
  • IP – Licensing
  • IP – Patent Litigation
  • IP – Patent Prosecution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Start-Up Business Enterprise
  • Tax Research