Manda Sertich '00 I graduated from Hamline University with a double major in Legal Studies and English in 2000. Since then, I obtained my J.D. from Columbia Law School in Manhattan, clerked for the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, worked (and currently work) as a litigation associate for two national, prominent law firms in New York and Washington DC, and completed human rights legal work in Southeast Asia and East and West Africa. A Legal Studies education provides students with a diverse legal background and Hamline’s Legal Studies department provides a wide range of classes and opportunities for its students. I enrolled in classes like Constitutional Law, Law of Evidence, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. This coursework started me down the path of becoming an attorney who could practice in a variety of areas (from first degree murder to commercial litigation to human trafficking) and in an extensive and eclectic set of situations (from a court of highest appeal to a corporate board room to an NGO in a developing country). The faculty of Hamline's Legal Studies program encourages intellectual curiosity and discourse. Under the supervision of Professor Jerry Krause, I wrote and defended an honors thesis on the topic of hate crimes legislation in Minnesota. At every step of the process, I was challenged by Professor Krause and the rest of the Legal Studies faculty to contemplate complex issues of civil and human rights, which shaped my thought process on similar issues for years to come. I firmly believe a graduate of Hamline’s Legal Studies program can accomplish anything, and I hope anyone considering their program will avail themselves of the many benefits of this unique education.