• Events & Extra-Curricular Activities

    Expand your perspective and your network

    We encourage you to explore business law topics, network with business law professionals, and connect with other students interested in business law through organizations both on and off campus.

    BLI-sponsored events


    FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015, 8:30 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. 


    The American Bar Association, in conjunction with affiliated state and county bar associations, is pleased to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at the ABA Magna Carta Regional Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    CLE Co-sponsored by the BLI and the Corporate Counsel Section of the MN Bar Association

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5:00 p.m. 

    Anderson University Center room 112, Hamline University St. Paul campus.
    Register on the MN Bar website. 

    In this "Information Age", whether a company is engaged in an intellectual property (IP) intensive business or not, it is bound to own IP rights that need to be protected and enforced. However, because other companies also own and want to enforce their IP rights, companies are likely to be the recipient of claims of alleged infringement or misappropriation of the IP rights of others. This program will discuss strategies and best practices for sending and responding to IP demand letters, including notice of patent letters, cease and desist letters and DMCA take-down notices.


    Kristine Dorrain, Director of Internet and IP Services at National Arbitration Forum
    Kathy Kirschbaum, Vice President, Corporate Counsel at TCF National Bank 
    Sharon Sandeen, Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law 

    exploring careers in business law

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m.  

    MSBA's Business Law Section event "Exploring Careers in Business Law CLE and Law Student Reception” for all Twin Cities Law Students.  Event to be held at the University of Minnesota Law School.  More details forthcoming.


    career options:  where would i best fit in

    Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

    Learn more about legal career options at this networking reception right in the atrium of the law school! Come meet attorneys from various practice settings (with a focus on small firm, government, and corporate careers) to visit about what they do and what their work settings are like. Lunch provided to those who RSVP in Symplicity one full business day in advance. Meet in Law 105 for a brief introduction; networking/reception to follow in the law school atrium. 


    Tour the Federal REserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    They'll show us the money!  Register in Symplicity by November 14.  Space will be limited to 20 students.  Registration confirmation will include driving and parking directions.

    To enter the FED you must have a photo ID and pass through a scanner.  Following the tour there will be Q & A with HUSL alum, Melissa Rosenbaum,  Senior Counsel for the Minneapolis Federal Reserve; and Niel Willardson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and Business Law Institute Advisory Board member.

    Hot Topics 2014

    Friday, October 3, 2014
    Hamline University, St. Paul Campus, Anderson Center

    Panels included:

    • Negotiating contract issues for in-house counsel
    • Compliance and privilege for in-house counsel
    • Protecting privilege when the government is at the door
    • Employment: Unconscious bias and discrimination
    • IP - data privacy
    • Full schedule »


    Networking Events

    Networking events are a great way to connect with lawyers and build your professional relationships.

    Networking Event Hosts

    *Any event sponsored by the MSBA Business Law Section qualifies as an Extra-Curricular Activity meeting BLI certificate requirements. MSBA also distributes a monthly law student email that includes information about upcoming events. 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteering with a nonprofit such as those below is a great way to build your resume.

    • AccountAbility Minnesota provides tax and financial services for those in need.
    • HOME Line is a tenant advocacy organization.
    • Project Homeless Connect: the Minneapolis chapter holds one-day events at the Minneapolis Convention Center to connect the homeless with multiple services.
    • ProJustice MN is a source for meeting aspirational pro bono hours (and practical experience) that also provides networking opportunities and CLEs.