Emerald Gratz '02 Receiving my undergraduate degree from Hamline University has proven to be one of the important cornerstones of my professional existence. Originally, I decided to enroll at Hamline because of the undergraduate Legal Studies Department and its strong connection to the law school and legal community. Over the course of my four years at Hamline, everything I had heard and learned about the Legal Studies Department proved true. The coursework, instructors, and extra-curricular activities were exceptional. I graduated from Hamline in 2002 and then attended law school at the University of Minnesota. After passing the bar exam in 2005, I clerked for a federal district court judge before joining the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Even now, many years after leaving Hamline, I still talk about the skills I received and connections I made during college. When I receive a compliment on my courtroom decorum and abilities, I talk about my four years on the Hamline Mock Trial Team and how we learned to act and sound like trial lawyers, even when we did not have the formal, law school education to completely understand the subject matter. Or when I am confronted by a group of unfamiliar people in a professional situation, my Hamline background has given me something comfortable to talk about, turning complete strangers into new connections. I will always be proud and grateful to be a Hamline alumna.