• Legal Studies

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    Department Honors, Research & Awards 

    Legal Research

    Our Legal Studies and Paralegal students actively engage in legal research, from their introductory Legal Research and Writing course through their legal specialty courses and, for our undergraduate students, culminating in their Senior Seminar in Legal Studies. Students have access to a first-class law library on the Saint Paul campus and an incredible array of electronic resources through both of our libraries. We also provide Westlaw access to our students.

    The students in our Senior Seminar produce legal scholarship in the form of a mini-law review article and present their research to their peers and Legal Studies faculty each semester. Some students’ work has been selected for publication in our department newsletter and at least one student has published in a national law journal:

    Jenna Yauch, When Home is Where the Hurt Is: Minnesota’s Address Confidentiality Program Keeps Battered Women Safer, 6 Dartmouth L. J. 217 (2008). 

    Departmental Honors Student Research

    Students wishing to be considered for honors should request detailed information from the program faculty early in their junior year. It is recommended that students have a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major. Honors projects should exhibit distinctive scholarship, originality of thought, and a high degree of relevance to a major issue in the discipline. Project proposals must be approved by a majority of department faculty. 

    For more detailed information on Legal Studies Honors Projects, review our  Project Guidelines

    In addition to these legal studies department guidelines, there are also University guidelines that must be followed.  University guidelines can be found on the University Honors webpage.    

    Recent Departmental Honors Projects include:

    Allison Capaul, An Examination of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Laws within the United States (2013).
    Natalie M. Lamphier, Battered Lives: Addressing the Collateral Effects of Domestic Violence on College Campuses (2010).

    Jessica M. Eidsmoe, Arrested for Swearing: Why Minnesota Needs to Redefine Disorderly Conduct (2009).

    Joao da Fonseca, Law and Policy in Brazil: Protecting the Forest and Enhancing Communities (2008)

    Randi Williams, Evolving Issues in Tort Law (2007)

    Collaborative Research

     Legal studies students may also consider engaging in collaborative research and applying to participate in the Summer Collaborative Research Seminar.

    2013 Legal Studies Departmental Awards

    All awards are sponsored by Seiben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, Ltd.

    Nina Kaczrowski
    Legal Studies Departmental Service Award

    Marlee Torrence
    Legal Studies Departmental Service Award

    Shalee Coleman
    Legal Studies Classroom Contribution Award

    Shanti Pfenning
    Legal Studies Classroom Contribution Award

    Scott Jurchisin
    Outstanding Mock Trial Student Award

    Krista Narveson
    Outstanding Litigation Notebook Award

    Christopher Reisdorfer
    Legal Research and Writing Award

    Sabina Zeenat
    Outstanding Post-Baccalaureate Student


  • News
    • Senior Jenna Potter, an English major and German and communications double minor at Hamline, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Hamburg, Germany. Senior Libby Otto named as alternate to Norway.
    • A group of 43 undergraduate students and faculty attended the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Lexington, KY from April 2 through April 5. Students presented 35 different projects that resulted from their collaborative research at Hamline.
    • Hear about the eye-opening experiences of Hamline students who participated in this year’s Catalyst spring break service trips.