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Hamline University School of Law

Students participating in the Full-time Weekday Program may complete law school in six academic semesters. Under the full-time program, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits per fall or spring academic semester. During the first year of law school, full-time students are typically divided into three sections of approximately 60-70 students per section, and a small legal writing class of 20 students.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 536
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 148 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.61
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 87.73%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.5%
Tuition $36,396

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About Hamline University School of Law

Students participating in the Full-time Weekday Program may complete law school in six academic semesters. Under the full-time program, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits per fall or spring academic semester. During the first year of law school, full-time students are typically divided into three sections of approximately 60-70 students per section, and a small legal writing class of 20 students.

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In addition to the traditional full-time program, the excellent and “extremely under-rated” Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota’s Twin Cities offers a unique part-time, four-year weekend program that “truly creates flexibility for people who want to keep their present job.” “Hamline takes a practical approach to legal education that has…a regional reputation for creating graduates who are strong legal writers and are ready to work Day One,” explains a 2L. “Hamline graduates end up being the attorneys who like getting their hands dirty and who are probably the most realistic and practical of the law school [graduates] in the area.” There are eleven clinics and twelve specialized areas of focus on offer. Hamline does health law “exceptionally well,” but the crown jewel is the Dispute Resolution Institute, where students learn the art of the deal. Other perks include an Academic Success Program, which offers structured study groups, workshops, and one-on-one tutoring for free. Study abroad options include programs in Hungary, Israel, and Norway. According to many students, “The writing program is also fantastic.” Not everyone loves it, though. “It feels really self-taught,” grouses a 1L.Classes at Hamline are usually conducted in “a semi-Socratic atmosphere.” “The majority of professors use the Socratic Method or some sort of system that includes call­ing on unsuspecting students, but not in a bad way,” relates a 3L. Students have very few negative comments about the faculty. “The professors are great.” They are “outstanding educators who are passionate about their work,” and they “provide a diverse range of expertise and experiences.” Once class is over, profs are “highly accessible outside of the classroom” and “individual attention” is plentiful if you seek it out. Some students love the top brass as well. “The administration keeps everything running very smoothly,” says a 1L, “such that I don’t need to waste any of my time untangling messes.” “The administration is strongly focused on the law school experience from start to gradua­tion,” emphasizing “bar passage, and career development,” adds a 2L. Other students complain that management is “unwilling to respond to student problems with course registration or student complaints.”According to students, “The appearance of the law school building is lackluster.” “The interior of the building is comfortable but could be updated.” “Some new carpet here and there wouldn’t be a bad thing.” However, “The classrooms are all up-to-date with the latest technology, including plug-ins for your laptop.” Opinions regarding Career Services are decidedly mixed. Critics charge that the staff “hardly does anything worth­while to help students with their job searches or career issues.” Other students counter that Career Services is “incredibly helpful, open, and dedicated to helping students find jobs, internships, and develop skills of professionalism,” as well as careers after gradua­tion. A strong alumni network also helps in this regard. “Hamline alumni have been very helpful in connecting me with other attorneys and notifying me when they hear of opportunities that [they] know I am interest[ed] in,” notes a 2L.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 191

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MAPA (Masters of Public Administration) - 4 years; JD/MANM (Masters-Nonprofit Mgmt) - 4 years; JD/MAOL (Masters Arts in Organizational Leadership) - 4 years; JD/MBA - 4 years; JD-MFA (Masters of Fine Arts - Creative Writing

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 81
Full-Time Faculty 29
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 43
Faculty Gender 44% Male
55% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 45% Male
55% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 79%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,396 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,786 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $49,182 $36,396

Financial Aid

96% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$43,933 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 28

Application Fee: $35

Incoming Class

Hamline University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 156
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 156
LSAT Total 148 - 156

Hamline University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.16 - 3.64
Part-Time 2.85 - 3.51
Total 3.09 - 3.61

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Interview, State Residency, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 92%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 31 18%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 69 40%
Government 16 9%
Public Interest 10 6%
State Clerkship 19 11%
Academia 4 2%
Unknown Employer Type 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 2%
WI 4%
MN 78%
International 1%

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