Summer Partnership in Law

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William Mitchell Office of Multicultural Affairs
651-290-6352 | Sharon.VanLeer


Submit an application, college transcript, and one-page essay on why you are interested in law school. Registration deadline: March 15, 2014

Register at Metro State through MnSCU’s eServices
Create account/password on your first visit

SPIL Program Application PDF, 322 Kb

A program for those thinking about attending law school

The Summer Partnership in Law (SPIL) program is held in partnership with Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. The program  offers college students and graduates a law school experience to help them learn if law school is for them. Nearly half of SPIL participants have gone on to law school since the program started in 1990. If a student is enrolled as an undergraduate, has been out of the academic world for some time, or wants to discover William Mitchell’s community, we encourage application  for the SPIL program. Classes are held at William Mitchell on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00–7:50 pm. Undergraduate students register directly through Metropolitan State in order to receive a transcript and earn credits. The current tuition rate is per credit hour of Metropolitan State University. Students register for one or both courses (4 credits total).

Intensive orientation to law school

  • Two regular law school courses taught by full-time or adjunct William Mitchell faculty
  • Indoctrination in primary legal resources, through the use of the Warren E. Burger Law Library
  • Introduction to important study and exam skills necessary for the rigors of law school
  • Full use of all campus facilities and resources.

The two courses in William Mitchell’s SPIL program are:

  • The American Legal System (2 credits) – a course covering some basic elements that make up the American legal system, starting with the way lawyers think. It describes the process of law, and goes into units covering the basic application and interpretation of law. The units focus on two areas of law: Torts and Criminal Law. Students are given a mix of case law and statutory law, and are shown how the law is applied in hypothetical situations. Classroom instruction is given as a standard law school presentation. The final exam will test students as law students are tested, by applying law to hypothetical fact situations.
  • Legal Reasoning and Writing (2 credits) – a seminar course covering basic legal reasoning, the logical process used in legal thought, and analysis. It includes some basic writing and exercises to demonstrate analytical skills, and is a preview of the Legal Writing program all law students take in their first year.

Summer 2014 program

  • June 3–July 17, 2014
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • 6–7:50 p.m.
  • Tuition: $843.88 + fees = $885.60
  • Purchase of required textbooks (due when classes start)

College and university credit

Many colleges and universities accept SPIL classes for undergraduate credit in independent study or as part of a pre-law or political science curriculum. Please check with your institution for transfer credit criteria, and contact Laurie Salin at Metropolitan State University, or 651-793-1223 to register for undergraduate credit.