• Institutes and Certificates

    Hamline Law’s acclaimed institutes – the Dispute Resolution Institute, Health Law Institute and Business Law Institute – can further enhance your credentials and your education by combining rigorous academic discourse with applied experience in a specific concentration area. You work closely with faculty, policy makers and industry experts to gain real-world experience, and if desired, a certificate in your respective concentration.

    Business Law Institute

    Hamline’s Business Law Institute (BLI) builds on our exceptional core business law curriculum with skills to help you guide transactions and negotiate resolutions to disputes. BLI’s certificates for Hamline JD students combine coursework, research and writing, practical experience, and networking beneficial to the successful practice of business law.


    • General Business Law Certificate

    • General Business Law Certificate with an Intellectual Property Concentration

    • General Business Law Certificate and International Business Negotiation Certificate (dual certificate with DRI)

    • Certificate in Bank Compliance

    Dispute Resolution Institute

    Dispute resolution is at the core of the Hamline Law curriculum because it teaches mutual understanding, creative problem solving, and artful negotiation – all skills that contribute to your success. Our Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) drives that concentration, offering rigorous academic discourse, hands-on simulation experience, and cross-disciplinary examination of conflict theory, advocacy, and problem-solving for law students, lawyers, and other professionals.

    For the 15th consecutive year Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. 

    Degrees and Certificates

    Health Law Institute

    Our Health Law Institute is the primary reason why Hamline’s health law program was ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, 2015 edition. Through specialized courses and experiential learning, we strive to instill in you real-life health law experience. The Institute’s national speaker series and advanced courses for working professionals take education beyond law students to the Upper Midwest’s accomplished health care community of lawyers, managers, compliance officers, and policy makers.

    Degrees and Certificates