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Government Law at william Mitchell

Mitchell has a rich heritage of preparing its students for successful careers at all levels of government, from local, state, and federal agencies to education, health, and public safety. With more than 40 courses, 10 full-time professors, and numerous externships and clinics, students graduate with an in-depth understanding of civil and regulatory law as well as the skills and experience they need to make a difference at all levels of government.

Government Law at William Mitchell Courses

Administrative Law Externship

Mitchell’s 41 government law classes focus on substantive policy issues as well as the skills needed to administer government programs, conduct administrative hearings, write contracts that protect the public’s best interest, and provide advice and opinions involving statutory interpretation.

Students earn credit and gain real-world experience while working closely with administrative law judges? They support judges at three state agency contested (trial-type) hearings and a rulemaking hearing, and prepare the first draft of one contested case and one rule decision.

In addition, advanced courses, clinics, the Indian Law Program, and externships allow students to specialize in specific areas of government law, including state and local tax, land use, national security, civil rights, Indian law, and community development.

Government Agency Externship Thanks to Mitchell’s stellar reputation and strong relationships with government leaders, there are many government agency externships available each year. Recent externship placements include Minnesota Management and Budget, the Department of Human Services, Hennepin County Administration, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Minnesota Public Safety.

Court of Appeals and District Court Externships Working closely with judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court in Minnesota, and the Minnesota District Courts, students perform a variety of court and clerking activities and attend appellate arguments.

Student Groups

• Civil & Human Rights Legal Society • Employment & Labor Law Society • Environmental Law Society • Health Law Society • International Law Student Association • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group • National Security & Law Society • Student Intellectual Property Law Association • Tax Law Group • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy

Full-time Faculty Mary Pat Byrn Mitchell’s associate dean and an expert in constitutional law Sarah Deer One of the nation’s foremost authorities on violence against American Indian Women Diane Dube Expert in community development and housing issues Carolyn Grose Expert in tax-exempt organizations Roger Haydock Expert in civil advocacy Jim Hilbert Active civil rights attorney and expert negotiator Eric S. Janus Mitchell’s dean and a nationally renowned expert in constitutional rights

Mehmet Konar-Steenberg Mitchell’s associate dean for faculty and Briggs and Morgan/Xcel Energy chair in energy and environmental law John Radsan Former C.I.A. assistant general counsel and U.S. Department of Justice assistant U.S. attorney Nancy Ver Steegh Nationally renowned expert on government responses to domestic violence

Only at Mitchell: Unmatched access to prestigious clerkships


13 of the 25 clerks hired by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2013 were Mitchell students.


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