AT MITCHELL HAMLINE, WE RECOGNIZE THAT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR INSTITUTION.
Cultural competence development is a lifelong process of furthering awareness and understanding of cultural differences and acquiring the necessary skills to practice law in increasingly complex multicultural societies. For that, lawyers need to:
Recognize cultural differences (AWARENESS)
Learn what those differences are (KNOWLEDGE)
Develop the ability to adjust their behavior to the cultural orientation of others (SKILLS)
At Mitchell Hamline, we acknowledge that diversity and inclusion are important to the legal progression for the following reasons and others:
In order to build a vibrant learning community and an inclusive profession, allindividuals need to feel welcomed and respected.
Every member of the Mitchell Hamline community is a complex being with multiple dimensions to his/her identity, including: personal style, age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin, language, sexual orientation, physical ability, political beliefs, socio-economic status, group identity, educational background, life experiences, and many other dimensions.
Exploring differences and commonalities in a safe, respectful, and positive manner is essential in creating culturally competent legal scholars and professionals.
Identification and elimination of bias is fundamental to creating an inclusive legal profession and justice system.
Cultural competence is an essential skill-set if lawyers are to communicate, negotiate, and advocate effectively across differences.
OUR COMMITMENT TO HELP OUR STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO DELIVER INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES HAS SEEN US BUILD A TRULY GLOBAL NETWORK
Students and attorneys from around the world come to Mitchell Hamline to study the American legal system. Mitchell Hamline offers an LL.M. degree, as well as opportunities for scholars from across the world to conduct independent research at our law school. We also offer our student body several opportunities to study abroad. Among our offerings are: