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William Mitchell’s Indian Law Program Available in Hybrid Online/On-Campus Format


Beginning January 2015, William Mitchell College of Law is offering an online/on campus hybrid J.D. program that includes intensive work in the school’s Indian Law program. The program is the first of its kind offered by an ABA-accredited law school. The part-time, eight-semester course is designed for people who want to become Indian Law attorneys, but want to live, work, or raise families in their own communities while they earn their degree. William Mitchell’s goal in creating this innovative program was to open the possibility of a legal education to smart, talented people who happen to be geographically far from the law school.

The program is a combination of online and in-person course work. First semester begins with three days of classes at the William Mitchell campus in Saint Paul. Students meet their professors and classmates and build a foundation for the work ahead. They then return home to complete 11 to 12 weeks of online coursework.

Some of the classes are live online lectures that occur at a set time. Other classes are pre-recorded, allowing students to study at a time that’s convenient for them. All classes have an interactive component that enables students to ask questions and interact with their peers. Each semester ends with a week of on-campus training in writing, negotiating, counseling, and trial skills.

The program is structured to lay a strong foundation of core curriculum basics during the first and second semester. Subsequent semesters focus on litigation, transactions, and public law. Each semester culminates in a capstone week of skills training on campus.  Students also complete externships during two of the eight semesters, gaining real-world experience by working under the guidance of legal professionals in their communities.

William Mitchell offers a variety of scholarships, including North Star Scholarships and Native Justice Scholarships. The Financial Aid Office is also available to help with tuition assistance planning. Contact them at finaid@wmitchell.edu or 651-290-6403.

For more information about the Hybrid Indian Law Program:
Email: admissions@wmitchell.edu
Phone: 651-290-6476
Online: wmitchell.edu/hybridlindianlaw
In person: William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105