• Paralegal Certificate Admission Requirements

    Graduate students please apply to the paralegal certificate program by submitting the following:

    • Online application (no fee for U.S. residents).
    • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university. This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
    • Personal statement of career and educational goals.
    • Professional resumé.
    • If you have a GPA of 2.5-2.9, you may still be considered for admission. Please also provide:
      • A one- to two-page narrative to help the admissions committee assess your academic history and qualifications, in the context of the high standards for academic performance in our program.
      • Two letters of recommendation written by people unrelated to you, who are familiar with your academic and/or professional history and who can accurately assess your potential for successful graduate study. Letters must be sent directly to Graduate Admission by the person writing the recommendation.
    • English language testing is necessary if English is not your native language. You can demonstrate your proficiency in one of the following ways:
      • A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper-based format), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT).
      • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
      • A minimum score of 90 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).
      • Please note: Scores more than two years old are not accepted.

    Apply Online

    Send remaining materials to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    Note: Undergraduate students do not apply to the program here. Undergraduate students interested in completing the Graduate Paralegal Certificate with your Legal Studies Major, must refer to the Paralegal Certificate page for more information about applying to the program. 

    International Applicants

    For residents outside of the United States, please view the additional requirements for applying to Hamline University.

    Additional Requirements for International Students


    If you have questions or experience trouble completing the online application, contact Graduate Admission at 651-523-2900 or gradprog@hamline.edu.

    Undergraduate Students

    For students seeking admission to Hamline to complete their four-year degree, connect with a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission to learn more about pursuing a Paralegal Certificate in addition to your bachelor's degree at Hamline.

    Request Info

    Already a Hamline student? Contact any full-time member of the Legal Studies Department.