• Application Requirements: JD

     All applications must include: 

    Personal Statement

    A personal statement of two to three double-spaced pages is required. The statement should address an applicant's rationale for applying to law school in general, and Hamline Law specifically. The personal statement is an applicant's opportunity to share his/her unique abilities, character, and experiences with the admissions committee. The admissions committee weighs this statement heavily in the decision-making process and also considers it a writing sample.


    A detailed resume is required. It should include work history, extracurricular activities, community service, internships, academic honors, hobbies, and other special interests, abilities or accomplishments.

    Additional Addenda

    Applicants may wish to address: (a) why reported grades and test scores may not fully indicate their ability to succeed in the study of law, and (b) gaps in education and/or employment history. Applicants may submit any additional addenda they feel will assist the admissions committee in their review of the application. Addenda must be submitted electronically with the application.

    Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law

    All applicants are strongly encouraged to read the "Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law" portion of the application thoroughly and contact the Office of Admissions with any questions prior to submitting an application. Applicants who respond in the affirmative to any of the four questions in this section are obligated to attach a character and fitness addendum to their application providing full disclosure as to the date, offense charge, and disposition related to each event which results in their responding in the affirmative.

    Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

    All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through LSAC's online application service (LSAC.org).


    Applicants must have transcripts from each post-secondary college or university attended sent directly to LSAC's CAS, for any undergraduate or graduate credit earned. Please note: this includes undergraduate institutions attended as a high school student and community college credits. The submission of a transcript from the most recent institution attended is not sufficient.

    Applicants possessing post-undergraduate or graduate school credit must have all post-undergraduate transcripts submitted to LSAC's CAS as well.

    All applicants who enroll at Hamline Law are required to have an official transcript from their undergraduate degree-granting institution submitted directly to Hamline Law which confirms the conferral of his/her undergraduate degree.

    Undergraduate Degree

    A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited college or university must be conferred to an applicant prior to his or her matriculation at Hamline Law. An appropriately accredited college or university must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; visit the U.S. Department of Education's website to search institutional accreditation.

    Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

    The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required, and applicants must have a valid LSAT score to be considered for admission. In order for an LSAT score to be considered valid, the applicant must have taken the exam within five years of the planned matriculation date. Applicants may apply prior to taking the LSAT, but applications will not be considered complete until a valid score is available.

    The LSAT is generally administered in June, October, December and February of each year. It is recommended that applicants take either the June exam in the summer prior to the submission of an application, or the October, December or February exams administered the year of application submission. Applicants planning to take the June exam in the same year in which they apply will be eligible for consideration, but will be at a disadvantage as a result of those scores not being available until late June or early July. Registration for the LSAT is available online at LSAC.org.

    LSAT Accommodations

    Request forms for LSAT exam accommodations can be found at LSAC.org, or with test materials.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted directly by an applicant's recommenders through the LSAC's CAS. Hamline Law will accept a maximum of three letters of recommendation per applicant.

    Letters from professionals in academic settings able to attest to an applicant's ability to enter an academically rigorous and competitive professional program are preferred. Applicants who have been graduated from an academic setting for more than two years may seek recommendations from employers or other supervisors. Applicants are strongly discouraged from seeking recommendations from personal contacts.

    Transfer Applicants Additional Requirements

    • A personal statement with his or her electronic application which addresses the applicant's reason(s) for seeking admission as a transfer student.
    • A letter of good standing from the law school registrar or dean mailed directly to Hamline Law or submitted through the LSAC CAS.
    • A current law school transcript mailed directly to Hamline Law or submitted through the LSAC CAS.
    • In addition, transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to submit one letter of recommendation from a law school professor, submitted by the professor directly to Hamline Law via U.S. mail or through the LSAC CAS.

    Prior Law School Enrollment

    All applicants who have previously enrolled at a law school must furnish a letter from the registrar of any law school attended, verifying the applicant's good standing and unconditional ability to return, as well as an official transcript. Both the letter of good standing and transcript must be submitted directly via U.S. mail from the law school previously attended to the Hamline Law Office of Admissions. Applicants who were academically dismissed from a previous law school should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standard 505 prior to submitting an application to Hamline Law. ABA Standards including Chapter Five, which houses Standard 505, may be found online on the American Bar Association's Legal Education Resources website.

    Applicants with Disabilities and/or Special Needs

    Hamline's admissions committee reviews and processes all applications in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

    Admitted Students with Disabilities

    Admitted students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Associate Dean of Students & Diversity Morgan Holcomb (mholcomb01@hamline.edu) to discuss any questions concerning disability accommodations in law school.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

    Accreditation Information

    Hamline University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The ABA may be contacted at: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, telephone 312-988-6738. The AALS may be contacted at: 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, telephone 202-296-8851.

    Hamline University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.