Professor Carol Swanson has taught a broad range of business law courses since 1989. Before joining the Hamline Law faculty, she practiced corporate and commercial litigation with large private firms in New York City (Sullivan & Cromwell) and Minneapolis (Popham Haik) and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Professor Swanson has served three times as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs under five different law school deans, having returned to full-time teaching most recently in 2008.
Professor Swanson is passionate about teaching and loves making legal issues come alive in the classroom; Hamline's students have twice named her "Professor of the Year." She regularly publishes and presents in the business law area with a particular focus on corporate governance and securities issues. Swanson's regular course load includes Contracts I & II, Corporations, Unincorporated Business Entities, and business law seminars on diverse advanced topics, including a Global Financial Meltdown Seminar in 2009.