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Law School Combination Making Progress

An American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation committee has voted to move forward with a request for acquiescence to combine William Mitchell Law School and Hamline School of Law. The full ABA council will take up the decision on December 5.

Until ABA acquiescence has been granted, Hamline School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law will operate as separate entities.

In the meantime, preparations for the combination of the two schools have been progressing. A board of trustees for Mitchell | Hamline School of Law has been selected, including Hamline president Fayneese Miller and members appointed by Hamline University, says Marie Failinger, interim dean of Hamline School of Law.

To date, upperclassmen have cross-registered into classes from each school, and students, staff, and faculty are working cooperatively through integration teams and in other ways to make decisions in accordance with the programs and policies of each school, Failinger says.

In addition, the two alumni associations have been meeting and are hoping to form a combined alumni association in July 2016, assuming acquiescence in December.