• ABA Consumer Information


    In compliance with the American Bar Association’s standards, the following information about Hamline University School of Law and the JD program is provided to current and prospective students. Please refer to the Standard 509 Information Report (PDF) for data presented directly as it was reported to the ABA. Last updated: December 11, 2014

  • Standard 509 (a)

    All consumer information that a law school reports, publicizes or distributes shall be complete, accurate and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant. Schools shall use due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information. Violations of these obligations may result in sanctions under Rule 16 of the Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

    Standard 509 (b)

    A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in the form and manner and for the time frame designated by the Council, the following information:

    1. Admissions data

    GPA and LSAT Scores   Total   Full-Time   Part-Time  
    Number of apps 530 446 84
    Number of offers 369 316 53
    Number of matrics 90 66 24
    75% GPA 3.46 3.47 3.45
    Median GPA 3.27 3.27 3.29
    25% GPA 2.99 2.99 2.92
    # not incl. in GPA percentile calc. 1 1 0
    75% LSAT 155 154 157
    Median LSAT 151 151 153
    25% LSAT 146 146 149
    # not incl. in LSAT percentile calc. 0 0 0

    2. Tuition and fees, living costs, and financial aid for 2014-2015

    Tuition and Fees Resident Non-Resident
    Full-time  $39,536 $39,536
    Part-time  $28,768 $28,768
    Tuition guarantee program  No No

    Estimated Living Expenses for Singles
    Living on campus $13,935
    Living off campus $20,192
    Living at home $20,192

    3. Conditional Scholarships

    Scholarship Renewal Criteria

    Students who entered Hamline Law in Fall 2014, and students who enter in subsequent years, retain their merit-based scholarships if they remain in good academic standing (2.000 GPA).

    Students who entered Hamline Law before Fall 2014 retained their merit-based scholarships if they earned a specific cumulative GPA, which depended upon the student’s year of entry and the type of merit-based scholarship. Information about scholarship retention in previous years is listed below.

    Scholarship Retention Grid

     

    Students Matriculating In # Entering with Conditional Scholarships # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
    2013-2014 84 2
    2012-2013 91 6
    2011-2012 135 31

    The Hamline University School of Law Office of Admissions communicates conditional scholarship renewal criteria and retention data to all scholarship recipients at the time the scholarship is awarded.

    4. Enrollment data, including academic, transfer and other attrition

      Men Women Full-time  Part-time First-year Total JD Degree
      # % # % # % # % # % # % Award
    Hispanics of any race 7 4.6 8 4.8 7 3.2 8 7.8 6 6.4 15 4.7 7
    Amer Ind/Alsk Native 5 3.3 4 2.4 7 3.2 2 2 3 3.2 9 2.8 1
    Asian 4 2.6 15 8.9 15 6.8 4 3.9 4 4.3 19 5.9 8
    Black/Afr Amer 6 3.9 8 4.8 8 3.7 6 5.9 6 6.4 14 4.4 6
    Nat Haw/Pac Isl 1 0.7 0 0 1 0.5 0 0 1 1.1 1 0.3 0
    Two or more races 2 1.3 1 0.6 3 1.4 0 0 1 1.1 3 0.9 3
    Total Minority 25 16.3 36 21.4 41 18.7 20 19.6 21 22.3 61 19 25
    White 115 75.2 123 73.2 159 72.6 79 77.5 64 68.1 238 74.1 162
    Nonresident Alien 5 3.3 5 3 9 4.1 1 1 5 5.3 10 3.1 5
    Race/Eth Unknown 8 5.2 4 2.4 10 4.6 2 2 4 4.3 12 3.7 3
    Total 153 47.7 168 52.3 219 68.2 102 31.8 94 29.3 321 100 195

    Attrition/graduation rates: Hamline University School of Law lost 12 students to attrition during the 2013-2014 School year as reported to the ABA.

    Attrition Rates
    Year Academic Transfer Other Total Percent
    1st Year 1 0 4 5 5.6%
    2nd Year 1 2 2 5 4.1%
    3rd Year 0 0 2 2 1.1%
    4th Year 0 0 0 0 0%

    5. Numbers of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators

    Full-time and Part-time Faculty Total Men Women Minorities
      Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
    Full-time 18 14 10 9 8 5 1 0
    Other full-time 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Deans, librarians & others who teach 10 11 3 3 7 8 1 2
    Part-time 52 33 29 15 23 18 1 1
    Total 80 58 42 27 38 31 3 3

    6. Class sizes for first year and upper class courses; number of seminar, clinical and co-curricular offerings 

     

    Curriculum Full-Time Part-Time
    Typical first-year section size 44 26
    Number of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum 126  
    Number of upper division classroom course sections    
           Under 25 115  
           25-49 31  
           50-74 7  
           75-99 1  
           100+ 0  
    Number of positions available in simulation courses 654  
    Number of simulation positions filled 222 72
    Number of positions available in faculty supervised clinical courses 102  
    Number of faculty supervised clinical positions filled 69 10
    Number of field placement positions filled 109 14
    Number of students who enrolled in independent study 17 25
    Number of students who participated in law journals 56 10
    Number of students who participated in interschool skills competitions 36 2
    Number of credit hours required to graduate 88  

    7. Employment outcomes

    A law school shall publicly disclose the employment outcomes of its JD graduates on its website.

  • 8. Bar passage data

    Bar Passage Data (Calendar year 2013 as calculated by the ABA)
    Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Diff. %
    Minnesota 141 118 83.69 90.35 -6.66
    Wisconsin 7 6 85.71 89.87 -4.16

    First Time Takers: 172
    Avg. Pass Diff: -6.55%
    Reporting %: 86.05%
    Avg. School %: 83.76%
    Avg. State: 90.33%

    Standard 509 (c)

    A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in a readable and comprehensive manner, the following information on a current basis: refund policies; curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements; and policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education. The law school's transfer of credit policies must include at a minimum: (i) A statement of the criteria established by the law school regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution; and (ii) A list of institutions, if any, with which the law school has established an articulation agreement.

    1. Refund policies

    2. Curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements

    3. Policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education. The law school's transfer of credit policies must include at a minimum

    (i) A statement of the criteria established by the law school regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution

    Transfer credits are covered in section 3.6 of the Hamline Law Student Policy Manual (PDF) and outlined below.

    3.6. Transfer Credits to and From Other Institutions, JD Program

    3.6.1. U.S. Law Students Transferring Credits Into Hamline  

    3.6.1.1. Number and Type of Credits That Transfer: A JD student in good standing at another approved law school may receive transfer credits for courses in which the student received a grade of at least 2.000 on a 4.000 point scale, or its equivalent. Courses graded “pass/no pass” do not transfer. No more than 43 transfer credits can count toward graduation. (AR 102)

    3.6.1.2. Recording Credits/GPA Effect: Transfer credit courses will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Grades will also be recorded but will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average. (AR 112)

    3.6.1.3. Procedure for Recording Credits: Upon a student’s acceptance for transfer into the JD program, the OTR will prepare a preliminary evaluation of the students transcript to determine which credits will transfer and whether they fulfill Hamline Law graduation requirements based on an official transcript sent directly from the other institution to Hamline Law. (AR 102) Supporting information, such as syllabi and course descriptions, may be required to fully assess prior coursework.

    3.6.2. Non-U.S. Law Students Transferring Credits Into Hamline Law

    3.6.2.1. Evaluation of Transfer Credits: Students who wish to transfer credits from non-U.S. law schools to the JD program must have their official transcript from the foreign law school evaluated by WES or a similar service. (AR 102)

    3.6.2.2. Numerical Limitation on Transfer Credits: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine how many credits will be awarded based upon credits earned for the foreign law degree. (AR 102)

    3.6.2.3. GPA Limitation on Transfer Credits: Advanced standing transfer credit will be awarded for LL.B. or equivalent work at the foreign law school only for courses in which the student achieved a grade of “C” (2.000) or equivalent, or better. Courses graded “pass/no pass” do not transfer. (AR 112)

    3.6.2.4. Timing of Transfer Credits: A non-U.S. law student must apply for advanced standing transfer credits at the end of the first year of courses taken in the JD program. Advanced standing credits will be granted only if the student has achieved a cumulative grade point of 2.000 or higher during the first year of courses. (AR 102)

    3.6.2.5. Recording Credits/GPA Effect: Transfer credit courses will display on the student’s transcript. Grades will also be recorded but will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average. (AR 112)

    3.6.3. LL.M. Students Entering the JD Program

    3.6.3.1. LL.M. Advanced Standing Credit: No more than 29 advanced standing semester credits can be transferred from any LL.M. program to count toward the 88 credits required for the Hamline JD program. (AR 102)

    3.6.3.2. Graduation Requirements for LL.M. Transfers: LL.M. students transferring into the JD program must take all first-year required courses and must otherwise meet all requirements for graduation from the JD program. (AR 102)

    3.6.4. Hamline Students Transferring to Other Institutions

    Students who wish to transfer to another law school should notify the OTR and the Assistant Dean for Students before applying for transfer. Most schools require letters of good standing and a transcript as part of an application to transfer. The Office of the Registrar issues such documents to Hamline Law students seeking to transfer to another school, provided that they are in good standing, have no holds and submit all the pertinent document issuance fees.

    3.6.5. Hamline Students Visiting Away Who Seek to Transfer Credits to Hamline for Their Degrees  

    3.6.5.1. Prior Approval: A student at Hamline Law who wishes to take courses at another law school for credit must obtain approval in advance from the Dean's Office. (AR 112) Students should submit their petitions through the OTR.

    3.6.5.2. Visited School Limitations: Students may visit away at ABA-accredited schools only.

    3.6.5.3. Visited School Limitations–Minnesota: Students may visit away at one of the other three Minnesota law schools during fall and spring semesters as allowed in the Minnesota law school consortium agreement. (See Section 6.3) In unusual circumstances where it is necessary to take courses at other Minnesota law schools during the summer term or J-term, students must apply to visit away at that Minnesota law school

    3.6.5.4. Visiting Away Procedures: To visit away at another law school, a student must authorize the billing of the processing fee to the student's account and submit a Petition to Visit Away form to the Office of the Registrar for approval by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Petition to Visit Away must include a list of all coursework to be undertaken at the other institution and the course descriptions for each course. Coursework that is not pre-approved will not transfer.

    3.6.5.5. Visiting Away Credits: Credits earned in an approved visit at another law school will be treated as transfer credits provided the student attains a grade of C (2.000) or better. “Pass/no pass” courses do not transfer. The grade will be entered on the student’s transcript but will not be calculated into his or her GPA. A maximum of 43 credits can be earned by visiting away. (AR 112)

    3.6.5.6. No Visiting Away in Final Semester: Visiting away at another law school is not permitted during the last semester of the student’s law school career.
     

    (ii) Articulation agreement: A list of institutions, if any, with which the law school has established an articulation agreement.

    • Currently, Hamline University School of Law has no articulation agreements.

    Section 509 (d)

    A law school shall distribute the data required under Standard 509 (b)(3) to all applicants being offered conditional scholarships at the time the scholarship offer is extended.