• Legal Studies

    The Legal Studies Department operates as the center of law-related education and extra-curricular opportunities for undergraduates and post-baccalaureate paralegal students at Hamline. 

    The department offers the legal studies major, the legal studies minor, an ABA-approved paralegal certificate, the Law School Early Admission (LSEA) program, and the opportunity to compete on a nationally competitive mock trial team

    In addition, while those students interested in law school may choose any major to prepare for law school, the Legal Studies Department provides support and advising for students interested in exploring graduate study in law.

    Hamline’s  Legal Studies professors are experienced teachers, scholars, and practitioners of the law.  Dedicated full-time department faculty teach courses, develop curriculum, advise students, research and write about legal issues, and support adjunct faculty. Students experience the true rigors of a practical legal education as well as the personal attention and wide breadth of learning offered by a liberal arts institution. 

    Hamline provides undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students with networking and internship opportunities with judges, state government, and law firms. The Department also offers study-abroad opportunities in law-related courses. 

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Legal Studies.

  • News

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    A group of 36 Hamline students are in Memphis, Tennessee to present their collaborative research at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students present original research with topics spanning across a variety of disciplines and programs, from social justice to business, and biology to history.

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    Hamline University is honored to announce that Conner Suddick, a second year legal studies and social justice double major, was named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. The Fellowship is presented by Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000 colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the public purposes of higher education.

    Under the direction of Kelly Rodgers Holmes, Hamline's Mock Trial Program hosted an American Mock Trial Association sponsored regional tournament February 24-26. The three-day event involved twenty-four teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and North Dakota and more than 75 volunteer judges including 14 Hamline alumni.