Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Legal Education
Stephen Arnott is originally from Australia but has lived in St. Paul since 1991. He has taught in the Legal Studies department at Hamline University since 2008 and previously taught family law and legal writing at William Mitchell College of Law and served as the legal instructor at the Minneapolis Business College. Professor Arnott is a past chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section and of the Ramsey County Bar Association Youth & the Law Committee. Before entering legal practice, Professor Arnott was a diplomat in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, serving in Canberra and Nairobi. In his spare time, Professor Arnott umpires Australian Rules football and referees soccer.
Students in an undergraduate legal studies course will learn substantive areas of the law but, more importantly, they will be encouraged to critically think about legal issues and rules, both theoretically and practically.
"Legal studies is an ideal discipline to explore how society organizes relationships between individuals and groups and creates and applies rules to resolve disputes. Learning about the law is collaborative process in which students engage with the material and me in understanding how the law works."