• Pre-Law

    Law schools want students with strong writing, speaking, and problem-solving skills, which Hamline students may develop through any of our undergraduate programs.

    Hamline provides a unique combination of opportunities for students interested in attending law school. Our Legal Studies Department offers a major, minor, and an American Bar Association-approved paralegal certificate, all of which provide students with a strong foundation for pursuing graduate study in law. We also have a nationally competitive mock-trial program and many other opportunities for students to learn through doing, including service-learning and internships. 

    Hamline offers majors and certificates in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Justice, Conflict Studies, and Forensic Sciences and a dual major in Legal Studies and Women’s Studies, through which students may explore justice from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Our partnership with Mitchell Hamline School of Law* provides additional benefits, including access to the law library, court visits, and law-related conferences and speakers. Undergraduate students may also pursue  our Law School Early Admission Program with the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and make connections with law students, faculty, and admissions personnel early in their education.

    Students may turn to Legal Studies Department faculty (all of whom have JDs and practice or have practiced law) as pre-law advisors regardless of major. They may also join the Law and Justice Society, a student-led group that supports all students considering a career in law (as a lawyer or paralegal) or interested in our justice system. The group works to connect students to important resources, organizes and sponsors law-related events, and provides opportunities for students to volunteer with legal services organizations in partnership with the Minnesota Justice Foundation. For more information, join us on Facebook! 

    For questions about Hamline's pre-law resources, contact Professor Meg Hobday at 651-523-2629 or email mhobday01@hamline.edu.

    Additional Pre-Law Resources

    The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required to attend most law schools. The following websites provide information on LSAT review courses:

  • News

    Legal studies professor Meg Hobday collaborated with Rana Alexander of the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project to publish an article entitled It's on Us to Address Domestic Violence in the Paralegal Curriculum in the latest edition of the Paralegal Educator.

    The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota recently recognized Jenni Peredia '16 as its volunteer of the year. Peredia graduated with a double major in legal studies and Spanish, and earned her paralegal certificate from Hamline.

    Hamline alumna Amanda Booth was recognized as a 2016 Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyer for her work as a paralegal for Robins Kaplan.

  • *Hamline University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), maintains an affiliation and collaborative relationship with Mitchell | Hamline School of Law, an autonomous law school created by the combination of Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law and which is separately accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).