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


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


  • Administrative Law Externship
  • Bankruptcy Law Externship
  • Family Law Externship
  • Law and Business: Externships

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