Frequent Questions

What is the application deadline?

The application for full-time and part-time enrollment for the fall 2014 term became available October 1, 2013.  We will accept applications until August 1, 2014.

The application for part-time hybrid enrollment for the spring 2015 term will be available February 1, 2014.  Although we will accept applications until December 1, 2014, early application is strongly encouraged.

How should I prepare for the LSAT?  Can you recommend a preparation course?

The method of preparation (most commonly self-study or a commercial preparation course) often varies depending upon the applicant’s learning style, finances, and schedule.  Regardless of the method, it’s important to devote significant time to practicing under timed conditions.   Applicants should review the test instructions and become familiar with the types of questions asked.   A typical course of study occurs during the two months leading up to an exam, for about 20 hours a week—so it’s like a part-time job.  A commercial preparation course may be most appealing to some applicants, but we don’t recommend any course in particular.

When should I take the LSAT?

We strongly recommend that first-year full-time and part-time applicants take the LSAT no later than February of the year in which they hope to enroll, but we will accept a score from the June administration of that same year.  We strongly encourage part-time hybrid applicants seeking enrollment in the spring 2015 term to take the exam in June 2014 to receive an admission decision by the fall.

Also, applicants must have taken the LSAT within five years of entering William Mitchell.  For students hoping to enroll in fall 2014, the oldest valid LSAT score would be from September 2009.  For students hoping to enroll in spring 2015, the oldest valid LSAT score would be from February 2010.

Is a minimum LSAT score required for admission?

No. Though predictors of academic success are an important part of the application review process, we do not use LSAT or GPA cut-offs in our application review process.  We read and consider every application we receive.  Our current student profile will have information about the median LSAT score and GPA of the most recent incoming class.

Does William Mitchell average multiple LSAT scores?

No.  The highest LSAT score among multiple scores will be considered for admission and scholarship awarding purposes.

What things are most important to the Admissions Committee when it is reviewing an application?

The threshold question the Admissions Committee is trying to answer when reviewing an application is always, “Will this applicant be successful in studying the law at William Mitchell?”  Thus, the Admissions Committee will look carefully at an applicant’s LSAT score, his or her undergraduate GPA, the nature and rigor of his or her undergraduate course of study, trends in academic achievement at the undergraduate level, and the quality of the writing through an application.  The Committee will also consider an applicant’s predicted first-year average (PFYA).  The PFYA is calculated using both an applicant’s LSAT score and GPA and represents what we believe the applicant will receive as a GPA in his or her first year of law school.  The Admissions Committee is also interested in applicants who will contribute to the “Mitchell Mix.”  To that end, it will look for evidence of factors in an application that include, but are not limited to, diversity of background and experience, work experience, leadership abilities, international experience, emotional maturity, commitment to public service, overcoming hardship or obstacles, and evidence of passion.

Who should write my letters of recommendation or complete my evaluations?

Recommenders should know an applicant well and be able to assess personal qualities and potential for success in law school. They should describe at least some of these characteristics: academic ability, including analytical aptitude, critical reading abilities, and oral and written communication skills; leadership and interpersonal skills; motivation and self-discipline; and demonstrated ethics.   If an applicant is currently in school, or graduated less than three years ago, he or she should ask professors.  If an applicant graduated more than three years ago and a past professor isn’t an option, an applicant should ask colleagues, preferably those in supervisory positions, or fellow volunteers who know that applicant in a professional capacity and can attest to the characteristics described above.  Applicants should avoid asking family members and friends because they are understandably biased.   In addition, applicants should avoid the “token” lawyer or judge (essentially, family friends who work in the legal profession who do not know the applicant in a professional capacity).

How long will it take the Admissions Committee to make a decision on my application?

The Admissions Committee will typically render a decision on an application four to six weeks from when it becomes complete.  Applicants should note that the date on which an application becomes complete is not necessarily the date on which they mail or submit it electronically.  The Office of Admissions will inform every applicant via e-mail when his or her application has been received and whether it is complete.

Does William Mitchell interview applicants?

No, but we are always happy to meet with prospective students and applicants to discuss their questions and concerns about anything related to the admissions process, law school, or William Mitchell.

Does William Mitchell have a conditional admission program?

No, but we do offer all students academic support.  The Academic Achievement Program at William Mitchell helps students master the skills necessary to succeed in law school and on the bar exam.  The program eases the transition to law school by introducing students to key skills in a systematic way.  Its programs include individual academic advising, skills workshops and special courses.

When can I visit William Mitchell?

Prospective students and applicants are welcome to make individual appointments to visit with an admissions counselor and tour the school.  They are also welcome to attend any one of the Information Sessions we host throughout the fall and spring terms to meet us, current students, alumni, and faculty, and to learn more about the first-year curriculum, the admissions process, financial aid, and student life here at Mitchell.  The easiest way to register for an Information Session is to do so online.

Does William Mitchell offer scholarships?

Yes.  William Mitchell offers merit scholarships.  All applicants are considered for merit scholarships at the same time that they are considered for admission; no separate application is necessary.  Merit scholarship recipients are notified of their awards at the time of their acceptance.  Last year, we were able to offer 100% of our entering students a renewable tuition scholarship.  Questions about merit scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admissions at 651-290-6476 or admissions@wmitchell.edu.

Can I work and go to law school?

Yes.  The American Bar Association limits the number of hours full-time students can work to 20 hours a week.  Part-time students’ work hours are not limited.  Thus, if you plan to work more than 20 hours a week, you should consider attending William Mitchell part time.

Can a student switch from a part-time program to a full-time program and vice versa?

Yes.  After the first semester, William Mitchell students may move freely between full-time and part-time enrollment as often as each semester.

How much time should I expect to spend studying outside of class?

Expect to spend an average of two to three hours per credit studying outside of class.

Can I start in the spring semester?

Transfer and visiting students may begin in the spring.  Part-time hybrid students may also begin in the spring; other first-year students may only begin in the fall.

Where do William Mitchell students live?

William Mitchell is located in the Summit Ave/Grand Ave/Victoria Crossing neighborhood of St. Paul.  Some of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding campus are called Highland Park, Crocus Hill, Cathedral Hill, Mac/Groveland.  Some of these neighborhoods are within easy walking distance of Mitchell and many of our students live there.  Many others commute to campus from other cities and towns.

All William Mitchell students live off-campus.  If you need to find housing near campus or in the Twin Cities area, here are a few good resources to start your search:

Housing Bulletin

Twin Cities landlords (usually in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding William Mitchell) contact us wishing to rent their privately-owned properties, including apartments, houses, and duplexes.  We compile this information in the Housing Bulletin.

Apartments.com

Some Mitchell students have found housing through this search engine which allows the user to find available properties according to his or her unique needs.

Bulletin boards on campus

Students and others post properties for rent on the bulletin boards around campus.  If you are nearby or visiting, stop in and take a look around!

A walk or drive around the neighborhood

Many landlords simply post signs in the yard or windows of their rental properties.  Call for more information.  They will often meet you at the apartment very quickly to show it to you!

Is parking available for first-year students?

Yes.  Free parking permits will be provided to all first-year students who request them.  These parking permits will allow first-year students to park in any available space they find in the Grotto Lot, two blocks east of William Mitchell College of Law at Summit Avenue and Grotto Street.  Free street parking is also available for first-year students on the streets surrounding the school within posted parameters.  On the weekends only, first-year students with a parking permit may also park in the lots adjacent to the school.

Does William Mitchell have an admitted student day?

Yes.  We host two Meet Mitchell days for admitted students – one in March and one in April.  Both are scheduled on a Friday.  The Meet Mitchell day is specifically tailored to admitted students and thus a wonderful way to gather a lot of information and perspectives at once.  The event provides the opportunity to meet with other admitted students, many of whom might be your future classmates.   In addition, there is a mock class, panels with current students and alumni, and the chance to meet faculty and alumni.

When will I find out what my class schedule is?

During your first year of law school, you will take all of your classes for the entire year with the same group of people—your “section.”  Although all incoming students will take the same courses in the first year, the days and times at which these courses are taken will vary slightly from section to section.  Full-time students will be in a section that meets during the day and will be enrolled in 4 classes (14 credits) each semester.  Part-time students will be in a section that meets in the day or the evening and will be enrolled in 3 classes (10 credits in the fall; 11 credits in the spring).  Part-time students will be contacted in late spring about whether they would like to enroll in a day or evening section.  All incoming students will be assigned to a section and receive a copy of their section assignment and course schedule in mid-June.  Information about first reading assignments will be available in August.

What should I do to prepare for the start of law school?

It’s not necessary to do anything in particular to prepare for the start of law school.   However, we do offer a program in mid-August in which many incoming students participate.  The Academic Preparation Workshop (APW) offers incoming first-year students the opportunity to gain knowledge about how to be a law student, including how to study, how to acquire basic skills that first-year students need, and how to put the skills and information learned in the first year into context.

When is orientation for new students?

Orientation for new students consists of two parts: a small group session in mid-August and the opening week orientation in late August.  Students will receive more information about orientation in July.  Further questions about orientation should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs and Student Life at 651-290-8642 or studentservices@wmitchell.edu.

Is William Mitchell accredited?

Yes. William Mitchell has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1938. The college is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), is recognized by the United States Department of Higher Education, and is licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.