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    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.  Students wishing to pursue a 3-3 track should meet with a Legal Studies professor upon entrance to Hamline for assistance in planning their coursework. If you decide partway through your studies that the 3-3 track is no longer right for you, then simply continue on with your studies and graduate in four years.

    Participation in the 3-3 program does not guarantee you law school admission; students must take the LSAT and apply to and be accepted to Hamline's School of Law.

    Students interested in completing the 3-3 program in a major other than Legal Studies may chose from a variety of majors paired with a Law School Early Admission Minor.  For more information, visit the 3-3 Law School Early Admission Program web page.

    Requirements 

    Download the 3-3 Major Advising Sheet 

    Candidates for early admission to Hamline University School of Law (HUSL) must:

    1. Submit a Declaration of LGST-LSEA Major for as soon as possible.  You will need a Legal Studies Department advisor.

     2. Complete the five required Legal Studies Major classes below by the end of your junior year. 

    *Must be take no earlier than the last semester of junior year.

    3. Complete 20 credits of electives from from all LGST courses, with 16 of these 20 credits from listed interdisciplinary offerings to count toward both their major and Breadth of Study requirements.

    4. Complete a minor outside of the Legal Studies Department by the end of your junior year. 

    5. Complete all Hamline Plan requirements and 100 semester credits by the end of your junior year. 

    6. Complete 76 credits 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 and do not count toward the Breadth of Study requirements.

    7. File your intent to graduate form by December of your junior year.

    8. Apply to HUSL during junior year. Application should be completed no later than March.

    9. Sit for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and complete the application process through the Law School Admission Council  (LSAC) during junior year. Materials and scholarship applications are also available on the LSAC website and at the law school.

    Visit the Legal Studies Major page for information on the major requirements>

    Continuation After The Junior Year

    To continue in the 3-3 Program after the junior year the student must be accepted for regular admission by HUSL. Upon successful completion of 28 credits of law school course work, (C- or better grades) the undergraduate degree will be conferred. If a student is not accepted into HUSL after their junior year, the student returns to the CLA to finish their degree and a minor other than LGST.  

    Transfer students

    Transfer students are eligible to participate in the law school early admission (LSEA, 3-3) program and must, in addition to the requirements set forth above, take a minimum of sixteen (16) credits in the major while enrolled the College of Liberal Arts.