• Legal Studies - Law School Early Admission 3-3 Major

    The Legal Studies Department offers its own 3-3 program, the Legal Studies-Law School Early Admission (LGST-LSEA) Major.

    For general information about the 3-3 program, visit the 3-3 Law School Early Admission Program page.


    Download the 3-3 Major Advising Sheet

    To complete the Legal Studies major in three years and continue on to law school, students must complete the following by the end of their junior year:

    • The five required Legal Studies Major classes:
      • LGST 1110 Legal Systems in American Society
      • LGST 1250 Legal Research and Writing
      • LGST 3770 Law Office Technology
      • LGST 5900 Legal Studies Practicum
      • LGST 5800 Senior Seminar in Legal Studies*
        *Must be taken no earlier than the last semester of junior year.
    • 20 credits of electives from all LGST courses, with 16 of these 20 credits from listed interdisciplinary offerings to count toward both the Legal Studies major and the Breadth of Study requirements.
    • An academic minor outside of the Legal Studies Department.
    • All Hamline Plan requirements and 100 semester credits.
    • 76 breadth of study credits (credits outside the Legal Studies Department) by the end of your junior year. (First year law school classes transferred back the CLA are legal classes, do not count toward the Breadth of Study requirements).

    Students should also file their intent to graduate form by December of their junior year.

    Admission to Law School

    Participation in the 3-3 program does not guarantee law-school admission. 3-3 students must still apply for and be accepted to the law school under the same criteria as all other applicants. 3-3 students must:

    • Sit for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and complete the application process to Hamline Law School through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) during their junior year. Materials and scholarship applications are also available on the LSAC website and at the law school.
    • Complete and transfer back to the College of Liberal Arts or School of Business 28 credits of successful law school work with a grade of C- or better.

    All students are also strongly encouraged to meet with a member of the law-school admissions office by no later than the beginning of their Junior year.

    Continuation After the Junior Year

    3-3 students earn their undergraduate degree after successful completion of 28 credits of law-school course work (C- or better grades).

    If a student is not accepted to law school after their junior year, the student may complete their undergraduate degree in the College of Liberal Arts or School of Business, possibly converting their minor to a second major.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students are eligible for the 3-3 program. In addition to the requirements set forth above, transfer students must take a minimum of sixteen (16) credits in the major while enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts or School of Business.. Please meet with a Legal Studies professor for assistance in planning your coursework as soon as possible.