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The School of Law at Hamline University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Robin Ingli
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $35
Part-time program application fee $35
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 60.5% - High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 60.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-156
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.2-3.61
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.40
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 60.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 146-156
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.81-3.47
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.20
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 152
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.A.P.A.
J.D./M.A.O.L.
J.D./M.A.N.M.
J.D./M.F.A
J.D./M.B.A
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Hamline offers 11 clinics, 5 study abroad programs, & externships in 8 substantive areas. Hamline is home to the nationally recognized Dispute Resolution Institute & the Health Law Institute, offering courses & other opportunities for students & the community. It recently launched a Business Law Institute. Joint/dual degree options are available in business, management, and a JD/MFA.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 192
Seminars 15
Positions available in seminars 248
Positions available in simulation courses 182
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 104
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The law school is home to 3 publications: Hamline Law
Review, Journal of Public Law and Policy, & Journal of Law and Religion (peer reviewed). Students may participate in over 20 moot court competitions, and there are student organization opportunities to fit every interest (i.e.: political, pro bono, substantive areas, sports). The Student Bar Association serves as the student government.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year "small section" N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 158
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 127
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 86
Full-time students involved in field placements 83
Full-time students involved in law journals 78
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 62
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 21

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 45
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 34
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 17
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 0
Part-time students involved in field placements 9
Part-time students involved in law journals 12
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 8
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 5

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.7:1 - Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 77
Full-time minority faculty 5.9%
Part-time minority faculty 4.7%
Total faculty 85
Total faculty (men) 52.9%
Total faculty (women) 47.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.2%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#3 in Dispute Resolution
#17 in Healthcare Law
#35 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.3
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.13-3.58
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-156
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153
Acceptance rate 60.5% - High
Student-faculty ratio 13.7:1 - Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 43.9% - Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 73.2% - Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.6% - High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MN
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.2%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 617

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 480

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 137

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 1.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 6.8%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.9%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.8%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Lynette Wahl
Financial aid phone (651) 523-3000
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $34,555 per year
Part-time: $25,040 per year
Room and board $18,533
Books $1,350
Miscellaneous expenses N/A
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 22.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 21.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 12.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.1%
Median grant amount $19,813
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $9,906–$33,022
Full-time students receiving grants 58.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 28.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 27.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.2%
Median grant amount $11,888
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,944–$17,832
Part-time students receiving grants 61.3%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $101,760
Proportion who borrowed 85.4%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 54,837
Microform titles 82,555
Electronic titles 335,474
Other non-book titles 441
Total titles 473,307
Volumes (excluding microforms) 460,853
Volume equivalent microforms 133,951
Total volumes and volume equivalents 594,804
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 116
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 78
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 28
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 78
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 12
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 88
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 42
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 42
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 457
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 7
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 37,200
Total seats available for library users 355
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Building includes classrooms with state of the art technology, seminar rooms, offices, student org & clinic space, & common areas. Library is 38,000 sq ft & holds over 266,000 volumes & many electronic databases. Entire building has wireless access. As part of a university, students have access to housing (including apartment style), dining options, gym facilities, arts venues & events.
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MN
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.6% - High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 198
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 43.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 73.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 43.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 47.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 6.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 9.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 90.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 73.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 8.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 6.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $65,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 72%
Median public service starting salary $44,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 35.2%
Percent employed in government 7.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 10.3%
Percent employed in law firms 37.2%
Percent employed in public interest 6.2%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.7%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 74%
Graduates employed out-of-state 16.6%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 2.1%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 8.3%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 75.9%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.1%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.7%
Employment location unknown 9.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The Career Services Office assists students & alumni with job searches, providing informational programs, mock interview & networking opportunities, one-on-one counseling, informational interview contact referrals, job fair opportunities, on-campus interviews & an online job bank. The staff meets with the legal community to market HUSL students & maintains a library of hard-copy & web resources.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 71.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 90.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 15.9%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 91.3%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 10.3%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 86.7%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.8%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
 


 
 

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