Clinic Program


William Mitchell’s clinic program, ranked nationally, was one of the first to be established at a U.S. law school more than 30 years ago. Clinics are committed to public service and learning through experience. Our thirteen clinics give you the opportunity to represent indigent clients, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations that otherwise could not afford an attorney. As a third- or fourth-year law student, you are given a case in which you meet and advise the client, prepare documents, negotiate with the opposing attorney, and, possibly, argue the case in court.

You might set up a nonprofit corporation for someone making products for people with disabilities in our Tax Planning Clinic, represent someone facing deportation in our Immigration Law Clinic, or help a senior citizen in our Civil Advocacy Clinic who’s a victim of consumer fraud. Whether you plan to work in a public interest law setting, in corporate law, or in a business, the experience you’ll gain from our clinic program will help you develop professional judgment, confidence in your advocacy and counseling skills, and an understanding of the critical role justice plays in our democracy.

Course Descriptions

Business Law Clinic

Child Protection Clinic

Civil Advocacy Clinic

Community Development Clinic

Criminal Appeals Clinic

Criminal Justice Clinic

Immigration Law Clinic

Independent Externship/Clinic

Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Law and Psychiatry Clinic with the University of Minnesota Medical School
(does not meet skills requirement)

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) Clinic

LAMP/The Reentry Clinic

Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients (formerly Tax Planning Clinic)

Misdemeanor Clinic

Clinic Faculty

William Mitchell was one of the first law schools to devote several full-time, tenured faculty to its clinic program. Since it began in 1973, the program has enabled more than 5,500 students to serve more than 18,000 clients. Our clinic co-directors Prof. Ann Juergens and Prof. Peter Knapp work with six additional full-time faculty members, nine supervising adjuncts, close to 20 field supervisors, and about 100 students as they handle hundreds of cases and client matters each year.