• Registration

    Enrolling is easy following our detailed process

    The Office of the Registrar is your official source for course descriptions and class schedules to help you prepare for registration each term. Please review the information below to ensure you are able to register for the classes you need.


    Syllabi can be found on the Law Library's website.

    Fall 2015 

    View course offerings in Piperline

    View WMCL's schedule, including WMCL faculty and room information

    Course List (PDF)

    Hamline Law students will register via Piperline. 

     Registration dates and priority are as follows:

    Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m.
    L4 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
    L4 Weekend Students

    Tuesday, April 28 at 7 a.m.
    L3 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
    L3 Weekend Students

    Wednesday, April 29 at 7 a.m.
    L2 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
    L2 Weekend Students

    Thursday, April 30 at 7 a.m.
    All other students
    Weekend classes open to Weekday Students 


    You must register via Piperline. Before registration opens, check Piperline for course descriptions, schedules, and prerequisites for the courses you want to take, and any other condition that may affect enrollment. Please contact the Office of the Registrar prior to registration if you are using course substitutions or transfer credits to meet prerequisites to ensure proper articulation.


    Piperline is a secure system that requires user authentication. Know your user ID (which is your Hamline ID number starting with a 9) and PIN. Log in to Piperline before the registration period begins and familiarize yourself with the menus and navigation. Piperline has many features; don’t wait until the first day of registration to acquaint yourself with it. You may log in to Piperline from any hamline.edu page (link path: Logins, Piperline, Login to secure area).


    Check Piperline for any holds, status, or condition that may prevent you from registering (link path: Student Services, Registration, Check your Registration Status). A hold can be removed only by the department that set it. Please contact the department listed.


    Piperline offers several views allowing you to see course offering information in various formats. You may view an alphabetical table, a list of full course descriptions, or a date/room/time grid by selecting the appropriate display options on the Hamline Class Schedule screen (link path from any hamline.edu screen: Logins, Piperline, Course Listing, select term for School of Law courses). To view a different format, select your preferred option from the drop down menu in the upper left. The schedule in Piperline offers the most up-to-date information available, and supersedes the information in the printed booklet.


    • You may log in to Piperline from any hamline.edu page (link path: Logins, Piperline, Login to secure area).

    • Enter your user ID.

    • Enter your Piperline PIN. If you forgot your PIN, click on the Forgot PIN button. You are prompted to answer your security question. If you have forgotten that as well, you must contact the ITS Help desk to have your PIN reset. The Office of the Registrar cannot reset your PIN.

    From the Registration screen in Piperline (link path: Student Services, Registration), you can add/drop, look up section information, view your current schedule, and check your registration status. Always click “Submit Registration” to process your registration. Courses for which you are successfully registered have two identifiers in the registration grid:

    • Under the Status header, “Web Registered” and the date of registration appears.

    • Under the Action header, the notation “None” appears, indicating no action needs to be taken.

    You should verify and print your schedule before ending your registration session.


    A “stop” symbol indicates that a registration error occurred. Refer to the text under “Status” in the registration grid to determine the specific error. The “Action” drop-down list allows you to take corrective action to eliminate the error condition. Below are some errors you may encounter and the actions required to resolve them:

     Status Message

    • Closed - XXX Waitlisted
      Select NONE to drop the selection, or WAIT LIST to add your name to the wait list. You are not automatically added to the wait list, you are merely being offered the next seat on the wait list. The numeral displayed shows the number of students already on the wait list. You must click the Submit Registration button to register for the wait list.

    • Open - XXX Waitlisted
      You may not register for this section because a wait list has been started and all open seats are being reserved for students on the wait list. Select NONE to drop the selection, or WAIT LIST to add your name to the wait list. You are not automatically added to the wait list, you are merely being offered the next seat on the wait list. The numeral displayed shows the number of students already on the wait list. You must click the Submit Registration button to save your wait list status.

    • Pre-requisite and Test Score Error
      Select a different course—you do not have the prerequisite(s) for this section. If you are using course substitutions or transfer credits to satisfy the prerequisite(s), you need to contact the Office of the Registrar prior to registration to ensure proper articulation.

    • Duplicate CRN
      You have entered the same course twice in the registration grid. Only one of the sections are saved when you exit.

    • Time Conflict With CRN XXXXX
      There is a time conflict between two or more sections. You must choose one. You can’t enroll in both even if you intend to drop one later.

    • College Restriction
      You are a weekday student trying to register for a weekend class before the section has opened to weekday students. Please check the registration priority dates.

    • Level Restriction
      The course is reserved for students in the MSL or JD program.

    • Repeat Count Exceeds XXX
      You have already taken this course as many times as permissible. You must select another course.


    If a section is full, put yourself on the wait list and register for a second choice course. (Please see above for instructions on how to add yourself to the wait list when offered a wait list seat.) Wait list numbers will be taken into account when seats are reallocated between WMCL and HUSL after the initial rounds of registration. You can be on as many wait lists as you like; wait list registrations don't affect your enrollment status. You will be notified via your Hamline email if a seat opens for you.


    All courses are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached. Cancellation of courses may impact financial aid eligibility. If fewer than eight students register for a course other than a clinic or externship, the course is reviewed by the associate dean to determine whether it should be canceled. If a course must be canceled, students registered for the course are promptly notified and assisted in selecting another course.


    If you need registration assistance, contact the Office of the Registrar (lawregistrar@hamline.edu).

    Non-Piperline Registration


    For information regarding the MBA, MFA, MPA, or MNM joint degree programs, please see Dual Degrees. If you are already enrolled in a joint degree program or wish to take School of Business courses through the general credit exchange, please fill out the Graduate Course Registration form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. We send an email notification and the course request to HSB or CLA for processing when the graduate course is approved for JD credit.


    An Independent Study Registration form, available on our forms page, must be completed, signed by a full-time faculty member, and returned to the Office of the Registrar.


    Approval from the associate dean of academic affairs is required to register for credit loads outside the following parameters:

    • Weekday students: 12-16 credits
    • Weekend students: 8-11 credits
    You cannot exceed 17 credits in fall or spring, 10 credits in summer, or 3 credits in J-term. The Overload/Underload Status Request form, available on our forms page, must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar for submission to the associate dean.


    See the Clinic web page for details on applying for clinics.

    Clinic experiences are 3 credits each. To be eligible for a clinic, you:

    • Must be in good standing
    • Must be eligible for Certification under Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 2 for Student Practice, which includes completion of the equivalent of one year full-time study, or 24 credits
    • Must have completed Hamline's Professional Responsibility requirement


    Placements for fall 2015 externships will be made individually between students and professors after registering for the corresponding course.  Please note the Health Law Externship and Alternative Dispute Resolution Externship require 114 hours of field work for 3 credits, 150 hour of field work for 4 credits, and 225 hours for 6 credits, in addition to regular attendance at the seminar sessions scheduled throughout the semester by the classroom instructor.  

    All other externship classes will be capped at a maximum of 4 credits and will award credits based on the following hours requirements that can be satisfied through field work and time devoted to class attendance:  50 hours for 1 credit, 100 hours for 2 credits, 145 hours for 3 credits, and 190 hours for 4 credits.  

    For specific credit and classroom requirements for externship courses other than Health Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, please refer to the information on the William Mitchell College of Law website, or contact the Hamline Law Externship Office, lawexternships@hamline.edu with any questions.  

    Miscellanea Updated Graduation Requirements for Hamline Legacy Law Students, Starting Fall 2015


    To graduate with a degree of Juris Doctor, students must:

    Complete 86 credits of which:

    •  29 or30 credits are in the following required foundational courses (2014 matriculants):

      •  Civil Procedure (4 credits)
      • Constitutional Law I (3 credits) or Constitutional Law: Powers (2 credits) in fall 2015 for weekend students
      • Contracts (4 credits)
      • Criminal Law (3 credits)
      • Legal Research and Writing I (3 credits)
      • Legal Research and Writing II (3 credits)
      • Practice, Problem-Solving and Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
      • Property (3 credits)
      • Torts (4 credits)
    •  or 31 credits are in the following required foundational courses (2013 matriculants): 
      • Civil Procedure I (3 credits) 
      • Civil Procedure II (3 credits) 
      • Constitutional Law I (3 credits) 
      • Contracts I (3 credits) 
      • Contracts II (3 credits) 
      • Criminal Law (3 credits) 
      • Legal Research and Writing I (2 credits) 
      • Legal Research and Writing II (3 credits) 
      • Practice, Problem-Solving and Professionalism (2 credits) 
      • Property (3 credits) 
      • Torts I (3 credits)
    • Students must take Advocacy (3 credits) or Legal Research and Writing III (2 credits)

    • At least six skills credits must be earned in skills courses  (Advocacy counts for three skills credits)

      • Students who matriculated earlier than fall 2014: two skills credits are required

    • At least two credits in a paper course that qualifies as an Advanced Research and Writing Experience  
    • At least two credits of professional responsibility (Practice, Problem-Solving and Professional Responsibility satisfies this requirement.)

    Students are limited to  
    • Two independent study courses  
    • Two externships (cannot exceed 15 externship credits)  
    • Two competitions  
    • Two clinics excluding student directorships   
    • Four credits in Legal Drafting courses  
    • 15 credits in distance education (including online) courses  

    At least 64 of the 86 required credit hours shall be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. The following types of courses are not courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction:

    • Field placement (externship)  
    • Moot court or other competition  
    • Law Review or Journal  
    • Independent study 
    • Structured Study Group Leader or LRW TA  
    • Course exchange or joint degree courses  
    • Any course for credit that is substantially based upon time expended outside a regularly scheduled class time at the School of Law or another ABA accredited law school.  

    The following types of courses are courses that attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction: seminars, clinics which require a substantial classroom component, foreign study programs approved by the Law School or another ABA accredited law school, and courses conducted by the Law School or another ABA accredited law school in accordance with ABA standards for distance education. 

    Academic Year Limitations: Students may not, within the same academic year, receive credit for participating in more than one Journal or Law Review.

    Students must complete all coursework within 84 months of start of legal education

    Students must be in good standing, including but not limited to:

    • Final cumulative grade point average equal to 2.000 or higher  
    • No pending disciplinary matters  
    • Meet all financial obligations towards HUSL  

    Students must complete administrative tasks associated with graduation including:

    • Perkins Loans Exit Interview with the Student Accounts Office (if recipient of Perkins Loans) 
    • Graduate Employment Survey with the Office of Career Services  
    • Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar 

    Course Name/Credit Load Changes

    The following courses have new names or credit loads for fall 2015. Please note, this list doesn't include any courses that aren't offered in fall 2015. These changes are effective for fall only, and may not be adopted as part of a combined law school.

    Subject Number 2014 Course Name 2014 Credits 2015 Course Name 2015 Credits
    LAW 9502 Advanced Legal Research 3 Credits Advanced Legal Research 2 Credits
    LAW 9620 Basic Accounting and Finance: Financial Reporting for Professionals 2 Credits Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting 2 Credits
    LAW 9311 Business Associations 4 Credits Business Organizations 4 Credits
    LAW 9111 Civil Procedure 4 Credits Civil Dispute Resolution 4 Credits
    LAW 9610 Clinic 2-3 Credits Clinic 2-4 Credits
    LAW 9315 Commercial Law: Survey of Sales, Leases and Payment Systems 3 Credits Commercial Law: Survey 3 Credits
    LAW 9101 Constitutional Law I 3 Credits Constitutional Law: Powers 2 Credits
    LAW 9600 Copyright Law and Related Rights 3 Credits IP: Copyright Law 3 Credits
    LAW 9131 Criminal Law 3 Credits Criminal Law: Statutory Interpretation 3 Credits
    LAW 9306 Criminal Procedure I 3 Credits Constitutional Criminal Procedure  3 Credits
    LAW 9650 Externship 3-6 Credits Externship 1-6 Credits
    LAW 9511 Family Law 3 Credits Family Law 2 or 3 Credits
    LAW 9515 Land Use Planning 3 Credits Land Use Law 3 Credits
    LAW 9168 Legal Research and Writing I 3 Credits Writing and Representation: Advocacy and Problem-Solving 3 Credits
    LAW 9559 Medical Malpractice: Theory and Practice 2 Credits Medical Malpractice 2 Credits
    LAW 9528 Mergers & Acquisitions 2 Credits Mergers and Acquisitions 4 Credits
    LAW 9594 Patent Law 2 Credits IP: Patent Law I 3 Credits
    LAW 9627 Pretrial Skills 2 Credits Pretrial Litigation 2 Credits
    LAW 9309 Tax I: Tax of Individuals 3 Credits Income Tax 4 Credits
    LAW 9151 Torts 4 Credits Torts: The Common Law Process 4 Credits
    LAW 9601 Trademark Law and Unfair Competition 3 Credits IP: Trademark Law 3 Credits
    LAW 9310 Wills and Trusts 3 Credits Estates and Trusts 2-3 Credits

    Bar Courses

    The following fall 2015 courses cover subjects tested on the Minnesota Bar Exam.



    Business Organizations


    Civil Dispute Resolution


    Commercial Law: Survey


    Constitutional Criminal Procedure


    Constitutional Law: Powers


    Criminal Law: Statutory Interpretation


    Estates and Trusts


    Estates and Trusts Survey




    Family Law


    Family Law Survey


    Modern Real Estate Transactions


    Commercial Law: Secured Transactions


    Torts: The Common Law Process


    Skills Courses 

     The following fall 2015 courses apply toward the 2- (for students matriculating 2013 or earlier) or 6-credit (for students matriculating 2014 or later) Skills requirement:




    Advanced Advocacy




    Alternative Dispute Resolution




    Clinic: Business Law


    Clinic: Child Protection


    Clinic: Civil Advocacy


    Clinic: Community Development


    Clinic: Employment Discrimination Mediation Representation


    Clinic: Immigration


    Clinic: Indian Law Tribal Code Drafting


    Clinic: Innocence


    Clinic: Intellectual Property


    Clinic: Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners


    Corporate Accounting & Financial Reporting


    Externship: Alternative Dispute Resolution


    Externship: Civil Rights Litigation and Policy


    Externship: Criminal Justice: Defense


    Externship: Criminal Justice: Prosecution


    Externship: Family Law


    Externship: Government Agency


    Externship: Health Law


    Externship: Law and Business


    Externship: Work of the Lawyer


    General Practice: Skills Practicum




    Pretrial Litigation


    Skills Lab: Constitutional Criminal Procedure


    Skills Lab: Estates and Trusts


    Skills Lab: Family Law


    Transactions and Settlements


    Trial Advocacy



    Advanced Legal Research and Writing Experience

    The following courses fulfill Hamline's advanced legal research and writing experience requirement. 



    Business Ethics


    Media Law


    Seminar: Race and the Law


    Taxation and Fiscal Policy




    The final exam period is Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Exams are graded anonymously. Each term, you are assigned a 4-digit midterm exam number and a 5-digit final exam number to be used for all exams during that term. These numbers are available via Piperline (link path: Piperline, Student Services, Registration, Student Detail Schedule). Exam numbers are listed below “Total Credit Hours” at the top of the page.


    Letter grades based on a 4.0 system (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F) are issued for all Hamline Law courses except those indicating a pass/no pass grade modality in the course description.


    To receive financial aid, please complete your 2015-2016 FAFSA. For more information contact Financial Aid (finaid@hamline.edu).


    Details regarding tuition, fees, and payment plans can be found at Student Accounts.
    Payment may be made in person at the Cashier's Office in the East Hall Building, by mail, by phone, or via Piperline.


    If you officially withdraw from school during the fall semester, the amount of tuition owed is calculated from the date of record of withdrawal or leave, not the date you stop attending class. If the official withdrawal takes place within the first 10 business days of class for students enrolled in the weekday JD program or the first two weekends for students enrolled in the weekend program, no tuition is owed. Subsequently, tuition owed is calculated daily on an increasing scale based on the percentage of the days in the term before the official withdrawal date. The above process is also used to calculate refunds if you drop from full-time (12-16 credits) to part-time status (8-11 credits). Please see the academic calendar for add/drop dates. If you withdraw after 60 percent of the term has passed, you are responsible for all tuition.


    If you are eligible for VA benefits, please contact Financial Aid (finaid@hamline.edu).  


    Hamline University will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or retaliation based on race; color; gender/sex; ethnic background; national origin; sexual orientation; gender presentation; marital, domestic partner or parental status; status with regard to public assistance; disability; religion; age; or veteran status in its employment or educational opportunities.

    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.

    Spring 2015