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    About Hamline Law

    At a Glance

    Hamline Law graduates are strong critical thinkers and effective problem-solvers who put their Hamline JD to work in any number of meaningful ways.

    According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Law Schools,” we are Minnesota’s top-ranked private law school. Hamline was also ranked a “Best Value” in 2013 by National Juris magazine. Hamline receives such high marks because of our professors who are passionate about teaching, career services professionals who are well-connected and supportive, alumni who have made their mark on the field, and because we offer a holistic approach to experiential learning.  All of this occurs on a comprehensive university campus located in the heart of a vibrant, opportunity-rich metropolitan area.  

    Flexible Degree Options

    Hamline Law offers both full-time and part-time JD options. In addition to a full-time, three-year program, Hamline offers one of only two ABA-accredited weekend JD programs in the nation. The degree offerings at Hamline Law also include a Master in Law (LLM) for International Lawyers and a Master in the Study of Law (MSL). Dual degrees are available in public administration, business management, nonprofit management, fine arts in creative writing, and organizational leadership.

    We also offer several certificates that allow you to concentrate your studies as part of your JD program or for professional development independent of a degree. 

    Not sure which program is right for you? Download our program comparison guide.

    Dedicated, Expert Faculty

    Hamline Law’s accomplished, passionate faculty challenge you with new ideas. They are intentionally participatory in your overall education, not simply orators or imparters of knowledge. They are here, in great part, because they love to teach, yet remain connected to the legal profession and bring this experience to you day-in and day-out. Above all, they are committed to your education and success.

    Our faculty includes nationally recognized experts in bio-ethics, commercial law, dispute resolution, health law, intellectual property, international trade, corporate law, critical race theory, and many other fields.

    The Hamline Experiential Progression

    The Hamline Experiential Progression for JD students links entry level, exploratory, and advanced instruction in problem-solving, advocacy, and transactional planning throughout your first, second, and third years. It is a coordinated plan to bridge you from classroom to practice, and introduce and reinforce the basic problem-solving focus of our curriculum. The Hamline Experiential Progression includes elements such as:

    • Practice, Problem Solving and Professional Responsibility (P3), in which you learn the ethical rules that govern the profession while practicing foundational lawyering skills such as client interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and advocacy.

    • Skills labs, where you apply the law you are learning, and perform tasks that lawyers practice: client interviewing, analyzing facts, negotiating, and advocating.

    • Semester-in-Practice program, which allows you to work 30 to 40 hours per week at a law office, with teaching support from a faculty member.

    • Experiential Third Year, which allows you to self-design your third year of at least 15 experiential credits with an advisory team of two law professors and one member of the practicing bar.

    • Eight clinics in a variety of specialty areas, which give you the chance to work with real clients as a certified student attorney in as early as your second year. Because of the number of clinic positions we have available, it is highly likely that you can participate in the clinic of your choice.

    • Externships, combining extensive field experience with a classroom component focused on enhancing your lawyering skills. Learn how to practice law by doing legal work and observing the work of your practicing mentor in private law firms, courts, corporations, government agencies, and other settings. While earning academic credit, you could interview and counsel clients, do legal research and factual investigation, and draft memoranda, court orders, and other legal documents, and, at times, advocate on behalf of clients in court as certified student attorneys. 

    Hamline is also home to two scholarly journals, the student-staffed Hamline Law Review, and the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy. Experiential learning at Hamline also includes a comprehensive competitions program, which gives you the opportunity to hone your legal research, brief writing, and oral argument skills on a national and international level.

    Active, Diverse Student Body

    Hamline Law has an active, diverse student body (class profile) that contribute to more than 25 student organizations, all of which add to the vitality of the law school experience and environment while supporting your individual interests. 

    Welcoming Campus and Community

    Hamline is located in the heart of the vibrant Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, where there are vast opportunities for outstanding cultural, social, and recreational activity. For those who choose to remain after graduation, the Twin Cities is a good place to build a career with nearly two dozen Fortune 500 companies' headquarters here as well as a large number of private firms, nonprofits, and civil service opportunities. Our area has been ranked the Healthiest City in America, the third best city for college graduates, number 5 in the Top 10 Best Cities for Finding a Job, and among the top 20 best cities for singles and the top 30 best places for business.

    On campus, the law school building features state-of-the-art classrooms, the Annette K. Levine Moot Court Room, and a renowned law library. Because we are part of a comprehensive university, you also have access to facilities and services not found at other law schools, including:

    • Anderson Center, the hub of campus activity, bringing together good food, a full-service Starbucks, meeting rooms, meditative spaces, and the latest technology to support large and small gatherings

    • The 4,000-square-foot Nelson Fitness Center with extensive strength and cardiovascular equipment for your use

    • On-campus housing, with a variety of accommodations designed specifically for graduate-school students

    • Student health service, counseling, and health insurance

    Career Services Support from Your First day

    Hamline Law's Career Services Office works with you throughout law school and after graduation, providing consistent, ongoing, individualized attention in your job search and professional development. The Career Services staff provides informational programs, mock interviews, one-on-one counseling, networking opportunities, and an online job bank. It also hosts on-campus interviews for interested employers and works extensively with employers to market Hamline Law students. Our track record is evident in our recent graduate employment statistics.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Hamline Law is a private institution, and merit-based and endowed scholarships are available for first-year students. The Office of Financial Aid assists all prospective and current law students with financial aid-related questions, as well as the processing of financial aid packages.

    Nationally Ranked Institutes

    Our Dispute Resolution Institute, ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Graduate Schools,” provides a full range of ADR-related programming, including a summer institute, January term courses, certificate programs, and a bi-annual symposium. The Health Law Institute, ranked 15th in the nation, focuses on the growth of health law, federal regulation, tort reform, medical device development and regulation, and ethics.

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