• The Hamline Experiential Progression

    Comprehensive experiential curriculum result in field-tested problem-solvers

    The Hamline Experiential Progression ensures you establish a solid foundation of knowledge and practical experience on which you build as you advance toward graduation, helping you continually expand your understanding and abilities in problem-solving, advocacy, and transactional planning. The components include:

    First Year

    Practice, Problem-Solving, and Professional Responsibility (P3)

    In your first year, you learn about the ethical rules that govern the profession while practicing foundational lawyering skills such as client interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and advocacy in the required course: Practice, Problem-Solving, and Professional Responsibility (P3). Guest speakers include distinguished alumni and members of the bar, who lend their outside perspectives to the classroom experience. 

    Dean's Summer Fellowship

    The Dean's Summer Fellowship program helps qualifying law students gain valuable legal experience with a Minnesota judge in between their first and second year of law school. Each summer fellow performs 150 hours of volunteer work for one of the participating judges and receives a $1,500 stipend.

    Second Year

    Skills Labs

    In second-year skills labs, you put into practice the law you are learning in the classroom through client interviewing, analyzing facts, negotiating, and advocating. Working in small cohorts, you practice hands-on, process-oriented exercises, taking you step-by-step through skills specific to the lab’s respective focus area. Focus areas include:

    • Family Law
    • Criminal Procedure I
    • Evidence
    • Constitutional Law II
    • Secured Transactions
    • Wills and Trusts

    Labs sections are limited in size and meet six times a semester for two hours each session. One skills lab is required for graduation but many students find participation beneficial that they participate in multiple labs.

    Third Year

    Bridge-to-Practice programs

    If you want to deepen your experiential learning, Hamline offers two programs to bridge you from law school to the practice area that interests you the most:

    • Semester in Practice allows you to work 30-40 hours per week at a law office while concurrently pursuing an academic component with a faculty member.
    • The Experiential Third Year allows you to work with an advisory team of two faculty members and a practicing lawyer to tailor your third-year schedule, ensuring you achieve your graduation requirements with courses and experiential credits that best prepare you to practice in your chosen area of law. By participating, you receive priority registration in courses you need to fulfill your approved plans. (Beginning in 2015-16)