• 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.


    Find syllabi on the Law Library's website (right sidebar).

    Summer 2014

    Registration opens for all students April 8 at 9 a.m.

    The summer study abroad programs, and DRI and HLI summer courses have different deadlines and policies than the traditional law school summer courses. See Study Abroad, DRI Summer Term and HLI Summer Term for details.

    Earliest Start of Classes: Tuesday, May 27

    Last Day to Add

    • For law school courses: Up to the day before a given course begins
    • For Institute courses: Please see the Institute for specific add deadlines.

    Online add/drop transactions end at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 25 for DRI and HLI courses, and Tuesday, May 27 for all other courses; thereafter, all add/drop transactions must be made in person in the Office of the Registrar.

    Last Day to Drop (without notation on record or financial penalty):

    • June and July Courses (summer-long): Monday, June 2
    • Short Courses Offered Throughout the Term: Day before first class meeting

    Final Exams

    • June and July Courses (summer-long) and July Courses: Saturday, August 2 - Thursday, August 7

    Faculty Deadline to Submit Grades

    • June Courses: Monday, July 28
    • June and July Courses (summer-long) and July Courses: Tuesday, September 2


    Approval from the associate dean of academic affairs is required to register for more than eight credits during the summer. 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.

    Fall 2014

    Registration Priority

    Registration priority is determined by class and program. For Hamline Law JD students, class is determined by the time elapsed since matriculation. Class for a first year student is L1, for a second year L2, for a third year L3, and L4 for all others. A student’s class is rolled to the next class after each academic year. Visiting away does not postpone rolling; a student’s leave of absence does. Hamline Law JD students are enrolled in one of two programs: weekday or weekend.

    Class and program information is available via Piperline (link path: Student Services, Student Records, View Student Information). Priority for online registration is as follows:

    Monday April 14, starting at 9 p.m.
    L4 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
    L4 Weekend Students

    Tuesday, April 15, starting at 9 p.m.
    L3 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
    MSL and LLM Students

    Wednesday, April 16, starting at 9 p.m.
    L3 Weekend Students

    Thursday, April 17, starting at 9 p.m.
    L2 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
    L2 Weekend Students

    Monday, April 21, starting at 9 p.m.
    All other students
    Weekend classes open to Weekday Students

    Registrations instructions and policies

    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.

    Plan your schedule

    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.

    Piperline Registration

    • 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.

    Wait List

    If a section is full, put yourself on the wait list and register for a second choice course. (Please see Action column above for instructions on how to add yourself to the wait list when offered a wait list seat.) The associate dean of academic affairs uses wait list enrollment numbers to gauge interest in courses when considering adding seats or sections to the current term schedule and determining course offerings in subsequent terms. You may be on as many wait lists as you wish. Wait listing yourself for a section does not mean that you are registered in that section. You are notified via email if you become eligible to enroll. Notices are sent to Hamline University-issued email accounts only.

    Course offering cancellation

    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.

    Registration Help

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

    Non-Piperline Registration

    Joint Degree Programs

    For information regarding the MBA, MFA, MPA, MNM or MAOL 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.

    E-Discovery Certificate Program

    The Hamline University Department of Legal Studies is offering a post-baccalaureate course in the field of eDiscovery, which is open to upper level law students. The following courses are offered for 3 law school credits each during the fall 2014 semester:

    • LGST 6000 - Electronic Discovery: Introduction to Governance (CRN 10788)
      Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m.
      Course covers the purpose of electronic discovery and the legal framework that governs its objectives and standards. You learn to:
      • Define the purpose and overarching objectives of the e-Discovery process from all perspectives.
      • Explain the relationship between evidentiary requirements and the e-Discovery process
    • LGST 6010 - Electronic Discovery: A Practical Framework (CRN 10789)
      Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m.
      Course covers the practical framework, including a concurrent technology lab, by which the eDiscovery process meets its objectives. You learn to:
      • Identify e-Discovery process participants and their roles and responsibilities.
      • Articulate with detail the core phases of the e-Discovery process and the types and purpose of key technology types and other resources available to support the process.

    Pre- or Co-requisite: LGST 6000

    For more information regarding class dates, see the graduate class listings on Piperline. Online registration is not available. To register, fill out and submit an Add/Drop Form, available on our forms pageto the law school Office of the Registrar.

    Independent Study

    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.

    Overload/underload form

    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.

    Foundational Course Registration for Upper level students

    If you are an upper-level student who needs to enroll in a first-year course (FEP students, transfer students, and students who need to re-take a course), please email lawregistrar@hamline.edu from your Hamline-issued email account with “Upper Level Registration for First Year Course” as the subject line along with your student ID number, first and second schedule choices for the required class in the body of the email.

    For fall 2014, 2L Weekday students are pre-registered in the required foundational course Property. 2L Weekend students are pre-registered for Property and Constitutional Law I.


    Bar Courses

    If you currently anticipate taking the bar in any state other than Minnesota, consult the bar exam resources for that state to see what subjects are tested.

    Hamline Law courses that teach subjects appearing on the Minnesota bar exam include:

    • Business Associations
    • Civil Procedure
    • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
    • Commercial Law: Survey of Sales, Leases and Payment Systems
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Constitutional Law I
    • Constitutional Law II
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law
    • Criminal Procedure I
    • Evidence
    • Family Law
    • Modern Real Estate Transactions
    • Property
    • Torts
    • Wills and Trusts

    Skills Courses

    The following fall 2014 courses fulfill or apply toward the 2-credit Skills requirement:

    • Client Interview & Counseling
    • Clinics
    • Cyber Skills and Dispute Resolution
    • Externships
    • Mediation
    • Merger & Acquisitions Simulation
    • Skills Labs
    • Trial Advocacy

    Globalization Courses

    (Replaces International Law requirement for students beginning their second year in fall 2013 or later)

    The following fall 2014 courses fulfill or apply toward the 2-credit Globalization requirement:

    • International Litigation
    • Seminar: Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics

    In addition, any Hamline or other ABA-approved foreign program with an international or comparative law focus would likely be allowed.

    Advanced Legal Research & Writing Experience Requirement

    The Seminar requirement is now an Advanced Legal Research & Writing (ALRWE) requirement. A class that satisfies the ALRW requirement substitutes for the Seminar requirement even for students who entered Hamline when the old Seminar requirement was in place. Required Legal Research and Writing courses do not satisfy the ALRWE requirement.

    The following fall 2014 courses meet the ALRWE requirement experience for graduation:

    • Banking Law
    • Cyber Skills and Dispute Resolution
    • Law of Juvenile Delinquency
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Seminar: Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics
    • Seminar: Jury Trial
    • Seminar: National Security Law

    Clinic Registration

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

    You can apply for clinics using the Clinic Job Application Form in the Symplicity job bank. Rank the clinics in which you are interested in participating in the coming semester. Students are accepted for clinics based on their preferences and the needs of the clinic. The deadline for applying for a fall 2014 clinic was March 25, 2014. Any remaining clinic seats opened to competitive registration on April 14.

    You may earn credit for a second clinic, but students who have not yet taken a clinic have registration priority. Clinic student directorships are not counted as part of the two-clinic limit.

    Externship Registration

    All externships require time spent in the field working under the guidance of an attorney mentor (e.g., for a 3 credit externship, 114 hours of field work is required); plus attendance and participation in a corresponding Hamline Law externship class (usually only 8 students/class); plus completion of writing requirements listed in the externship guide.  

    Three-credit externships are available in these areas for fall 2014:

    • Criminal Law
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Health Law
    • Immigration
    • Private Attorney
    • Public Interest

    These externship placement sites have attorneys committed to mentoring student externs for fall 2014. This link also indicates those sites willing to consider students for greater than three credits. P3 is a prerequisite or concurrent requirement for all externships, except judicial clerks. Other prerequisites, listed on the website, vary by placement. Externships are graded pass/no pass.

    You receive a site preference form shortly after registering for an externship, which needs to be returned promptly to the Externship Office, with a copy of your current resume. Tentative matching between sites and students is done quickly. You are notified of next steps (interviews with sites, letters of interest if required, etc.) as soon as possible. The goal is to accomplish the fall 2014 extern placements prior to the end of spring semester finals.

    Priority placement is given to students enrolling in their first externship. If you are interested in a second externship, please consider the advantages of enrolling in a different practice area.

    After your site preference form has been submitted to the Externship Office, you can drop an externship ONLY with the approval of the externship director.

    For Health Law externships, you must contact Professor Barbara Colombo after registering to follow the matching procedures used by the Health Law Institute.

    If you are considering an externship for more than 3 credits, please consult with the Externship Office.

    Course Limitations

    Semester Limitations

    You may not earn credit for more than four credits in online courses per semester. You must also have earned 28 credits before taking online courses.

    Academic Year Limitations

    You may not, within the same academic year, receive credit for participating in more than one of the following:

    • Law Review
    • Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy

    Law School Career Limitations

    In the course of your legal education, you may not take more than:

    • Two independent studies
    • Two externships, including extended externships (a year-long prearranged extended externship counts as one) not exceeding 15 total externship credits
    • Two competition courses
    • Two clinics, excluding student directorships
    • Four credits in legal drafting credits
    • 12 credits in "distance education" courses, including online courses
    • 23 credits derived from the following types of courses:
    • Externship
    • Competition
    • Law review or journal
    • Independent study
    • Course exchange or joint degree course
    • Structured Study Group leader
    • Legal Research & Writing teaching assistant
    • Course for credit that is substantially based upon time expended outside a regularly scheduled class time at Hamline Law or another ABA-accredited law school. This rule does not apply to seminars, clinics which require a substantial classroom component, foreign study programs approved by Hamline Law or another ABA accredited law school, and courses conducted by Hamline Law or another ABA-accredited law school in accordance with ABA standards for distance education.

    You may earn credit for more than one seminar, but students who have not yet taken a seminar have registration priority for seminars.

    Final Exams

    Final exams are scheduled from Thursday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 17. The exam schedule is posted on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

    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.

    Conversion of a letter grade to a "pass"

    (Applies to JD students for courses beginning in the spring semester, 2013 or later)
    Subject to the limitations set forth hereafter, you may elect to convert a letter grade in any non-required course, other than those designated by the associate dean for academic affairs as not available for the pass option, to a “pass” represented by a “P,” for “D-” or better work.

    • You may only convert a letter grade to a “P” in one course during your entire law school career.
    • You may elect to replace a passing grade with a “P” by filing with the registrar at any time after registering for the course but not later than 5 calendar days after your last grade is posted for the semester or term in which that course was offered.
    • Once the pass option has been exercised, you cannot reverse that decision, even if hindsight proves that another choice would have been more beneficial.
    • Clinics and Trial Advocacy are not eligible for a pass/no pass election.
    • If semester rankings have already been calculated, you cannot be re-ranked after the pass option has been elected even if cumulative GPAs have changed significantly.
    • Certificate students should be aware that the earned grade, rather than a pass, may still be used to calculate the GPA required for certificate completion. Students should check with the relevant Institute administrator to determine specific Institute policy.

    Financial Aid

    To receive financial aid, please complete your 2014-2015 FAFSA. For more information contact Financial Aid (finaid@hamline.edu).

    Payment Agreement

    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.

    Tuition Refund

    If you officially withdraw from Hamline Law 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.

    VA Benefits

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

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