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Hamline School of Law Announces its New Business Law Institute


Interested in pursuing a career that combines both business and law? Hamline University School of Law’s new Business Law Institute may be a good fit. The Institute offers a certificate program on business law, open to Hamline law students.

The certificate program balances experiential learning and ethical problem-solving with key subjects relevant to business. Drawing from practical, experiential learning opportunities, collaborations, and strong core business law curriculum already in place at Hamline School of Law, the new institute will better equip students with the skills they need to guide transactions and navigate solutions to disputes.

“In the real world, entrepreneurs need not only sound legal advice, but they need good business advice. They want not only the iron-clad contract, but they want to know if they’re going to make money on the deal,” Hamline School of Law Dean Donald Lewis said. “And, the purpose of our Business Law Institute is to provide not only the legal training, but the management skills and the finance skills to make our students sound business advisors.”

Students in the program will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the local business community and with students at Hamline University’s School of Business.

"We want to provide students with grounding in course work, practical experience, ethics, and an understanding of accounting and business that will allow our graduates to have an edge in the work world,” said Director of the Business Law Institute Ann Graham. “We have a strong focus on ethical corporate governance. Our goal is to create a credential for Hamline law students that will allow them to graduate as capable, ethical business lawyers.”

Hamline School of Law has a proven track record in developing internationally recognized institutes that distinguish Hamline students.  Hamline School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked second in the nation among programs of its kind, and its Health Law Institute is already ranked within the top 20 programs nationwide—just a few years after its inception.

The Business Law Institute is hosting a symposium on October 3, 2011 entitled, "Reforming the Mortgage Market." Several national and local banking and mortgage experts will be presenting at the event. Advance registration is required.

Learn about admission to the Hamline School of Law.