• Internships

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities during their time at Hamline. The goal of a legal studies internship is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the concepts and principles they have learned in a practical professional work environment in the area of the law. 

    Legal Studies majors may choose to complete LGST 5900 Legal Studies Practicum as their capstone experience. The practicum course includes a required internship component in a law firm or legal environment of their choice. The objectives of the course include being able to:

    • Understand the importance of writing and speaking skills in seeking professional legal employment.
    • Read, understand and apply the rules of professional responsibility applicable to licensed attorneys and others in professional legal environments.
    • Apply academic legal studies concepts and Hamline Plan speaking and writing skills in a professional workplace environment.
    • Understand and apply technology in a professional legal environment.
    • Evaluate legal issues in diverse cultural contexts.

    The prerequisites for enrolling in LGST 5900 Legal Studies Practicum include the completion of LGST 1110 (Legal Systems in American Society) or equivalent; LGST 1300 (Legal Advocacy, Policy and Practice); and at least 8 additional credits of Legal Studies coursework. Students are generally recommended to complete their internship near the conclusion of their academic studies.

    To enhance the prospect of timely commencement and completion of internships, students should begin their search for an internship placement well in advance of the semester in which they expect to enroll the LGST 5900 class (which students are expected to secure prior to the commencement of such semester).

    The following resources may be very helpful to students as they begin their search for their internships.     

    • Hamline’s Career Development Center which also has a number of very helpful links on internship-related matters. The CDC staff, located in Drew Science, also has many helpful resources to assist students, including the first steps of cover letter and resume writing.
    • Martindale-Hubbell, a leading resource to find law firms by location and practice area.
    • Department of Labor Guidance on Unpaid Internships from the US Department of Labor concerning compensation.

    The following resources may be helpful to site supervisors:  

    Letter to Internship Site Supervisors

    Internship Agreement and Evaluation Forms

    If you would like further information about legal studies internships at Hamline University, please email Leondra Hanson, Chair, Legal Studies Program, at lhanson18@hamline.edu or contact other faculty members who are scheduled to teach the LGST 5900 class in the forthcoming semester.