Hamline News

March 15, 2011

Dispute Resolution & Health Law institutes ranked high nationally in US News "Best Law Schools"

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 Hamline University School of Law has been ranked third in Dispute Resolution in the latest U.S.News & World Report assessment of the nation's best law schools, graduate schools, and specialty programs.

This is the eleventh consecutive year that Hamline’s Dispute Resolution program has ranked in the top five in the nation. Hamline’s Health Law Institute was also ranked in the top twenty in the nation for the second year in a row.

"We are pleased that our Dispute Resolution Institute continues as the jewel of our law school, recognized nationally and internationally for its path-setting work in the teaching of negotiation theory,” said Hamline University School of Law Dean Donald Lewis. “We are also proud that the work of our Health Law Institute is is gaining increased recognition nationally."

Established in 1991, the Dispute Resolution Institute offers rigorous academic discourse, hands-on simulation experience, and cross-disciplinary examination of conflict theory, advocacy, and problem-solving in domestic and international courses for law students, lawyers, and other professionals.

This year, the institute will complete the multi-year Rethinking Negotiation Teaching project and offer a new certificate in International Business Negotiation, in addition to continuing to offer courses over J-term and summer and offering three study abroad opportunities. Rethinking Negotiation Teaching, is a multi-year, global effort to critique contemporary negotiation teaching and create new training designs, in cooperation with the JAMS Foundation, ADR Center in Italy, and Negotiation Journal, which is published by the Program for Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

“Hamline has built strong and thriving collaborative partnerships and initiatives, as evidenced in our institutes in health law, business law, and dispute resolution. These programs meet the growing need for skilled, professional legal graduates who are vital and meaningful contributors in their communities and around the world,” Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs David Stern said.

Sharon Press, director of the Dispute Resolution Institute, added, “It is very gratifying to be recognized as a top five program again, especially as we celebrate our twentieth anniversary. Hamline has been at the forefront in recognizing the importance for lawyers of a sophisticated understanding of problem-solving and negotiation and in offering a range of course work and programming to develop and nurture those skills.”