• JD Curriculum

    Rigorous. Experiential. Relevant.

    In our JD program – whether the full-time or part-time weekend program – you are challenged to discover your potential. Coursework is rigorous but our faculty are passionate for you to not only learn but succeed. The combination of intense classroom training and dynamic field experiences where you apply your classroom learning ensures you are ready to put your fully developed skills to work in your chosen field immediately upon graduation.

    The Hamline Experiential Progression links entry level, exploratory, and advanced instruction in problem-solving, advocacy, and transactional planning throughout your first, second, and third years. It is a coordinated plan to bridge you from classroom to practice, and introduce and reinforce the basic problem-solving focus of our curriculum.

    First-Year Coursework

    The American Bar Association prescribes certain foundational, or bar, courses you are required to take early in your law school career. These courses comprise much of your first-year coursework and include:

    • Civil Procedure
    • Contracts
    • Torts
    • Constitutional Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Practice, Problem-Solving, and Professional Responsibility (P3)
    • Property Law
    • Legal Research and Writing

    The above varies slightly for part-time students. You take an Experiential Lab in Contracts your first year, and Constitutional Law, P3, and Property Law in your second year.

    2L and 3L Curriculum

    After your first year, you and your faculty advisor choose courses, skills labs, clinics, and externships relevant to the area of law you plan to practice after graduation. This may be when you want to pursue a certificate in business law, dispute resolution or health law. The closer you get to graduation, the more you immerse yourself in real-world practice and settings. You and your faculty advisors can determine the best path for you in your final year at Hamline Law. Our Experiential Third Year and Semester-in-Practice give you flexibility to fulfill your graduation requirements while devoting hours to field work.

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