We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure your success – both during your law school career and after.
The best way to get to know Hamline Law is to join us at one of our events designed specifically for admitted students. You'll meet faculty, students, and alumni while experiencing our warm learning community. Each year, we host a special reception held at the Minneapolis law firm co-founded by Dean Don Lewis in addition to two Admitted Student Days and a 1L Summer Welcome Reception on campus. Thank you to those who attended this year's events!
One of the first steps for newly admitted students is to access Piperline, the University's secure website. Login information, including a Hamline ID and PIN, will be sent to all admitted students via email within one week of admission. If you do not receive your ID and PIN, please contact the Office of Admissions. You will use Piperline to complete several of the required action items below, including making online tuition payments, accessing your Hamline University email account*, registering for classes*, signing the Financial Agreement and Disclosure form*, and completing your immunization record*. *Completion of these items is required prior to the start of the fall semester.
In addition to attending one of our Admitted Student Days and completing the checklist of required action items, we invite you to like the Hamline Law Facebook page. You can connect with other admitted students and become an active member of the Hamline Law community before arriving on campus.
Law Preview, together with leading law schools, law firms, Fortune 500 companies and bar associations, has created an innovative partnership to improve the academic performance of first-year law students. These sponsoring organizations generously fund full scholarships for incoming law students to attend a Law Preview summer session so that they can learn from the nation's leading law school professors and attorney lecturers what to expect and how to succeed in law school. Some sponsors also make further investments by mentoring scholarship recipients throughout their 1L year.
Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with Lexis-Nexis, one of the world's leading providers of online legal research, to provide Law Preview Scholarships to select members of our entering class. Lexis-Nexis has generously agreed to help entering students prepare for the unique challenges they will face during their 1L year at Hamline Law by paying the cost of tuition for a law school prep course. Learn more about the law preview scholarship and see if you meet the scholarship criteria: Law Preview Scholarships
Admitted students must complete the following action items in order to assure their place in the Fall 2013 entering class. More details about each bullet point and other key items follow the list of required action items.
There are three ways to pay your tuition deposit in order to reserve your seat in the Fall 2013 entering class. Please check your admission letter for your deposit deadline.
All first-year students must complete the Financial Disclosure Agreement form on Piperline.
The full-time tuition cost for 2013-2014 is $36,970. The part-time tuition cost is $26,618.
Hamline Law awards merit-based scholarships to those who qualify at the time of admission. If you plan to seek additional financial aid from Hamline, please complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Hamline University's FAFSA code is 002354. Financial aid letters are typically distributed on a rolling basis beginning in mid-March. If you have any questions about financial aid or tuition payments, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 651-523-3000.
Immunization forms must be filled out by all students and should be completed through Piperline using your Hamline ID and PIN.
All entering students are required to have health insurance. You will automatically be enrolled in Hamline University's Health Insurance Plan, but you can choose to waive this enrollment if you have other insurance coverage. Any questions about your immunization record, the form submission process, or the University's health insurance policy can be directed to the Office of Counseling and Health Services at 651-523-2204.
The Office of the Registrar will automatically enroll first-year students during June. First Year Registration Information and Course Descriptions are available online. All students who have paid their tuition deposit will receive information about registration from the Office of the Registrar.
The Office of Residential Life offers School of Law students the opportunity to live on campus in the University's Graduate Apartments. Students are able to reserve a space in the apartments by taking the following steps:
More information is available on the Apartment application.
Please keep in mind that there is limited space available, and apartments often fill fast. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at 651-523-2061.
Students seeking off campus housing are encouraged to use websites such as Rent.com, Craigslist, or ApartmentList.com. Hamline University is located in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul. Neighborhoods near Hamline University include: Como Park, Highland Park, Macalaster-Groveland, Summit Avenue, and Grand Avenue. If you have any questions about potential neighborhoods or housing, feel free to contact the Office of Admissions.
An official, final copy of the transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution must be received prior to the start of classes and your matriculation at Hamline University School of Law. The transcript(s) you submitted to LSAC.org during the application process do NOT qualify. Please have your degree-granting institution send the transcript to: Hamline University School of Law Office of Admissions, MS-D2001, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237.
Frequently we are asked to recommend books that a prospective law student may find beneficial in preparing for law school. We believe that the books on the Optional Summer Reading List give students a sense of what law school is like, the history of American law, and why lawyers do the work they do.
The 2013-2014 computer requirements and recommended system guidelines will be posted as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please refer to the 2012-2013 computer requirements and recommended system guidelines (PDF).
As a Hamline Law student, you will be required to use your official Hamline University email account for Hamline-related correspondence. Students who have paid their tuition deposits will be able to access their email accounts in August 2013.
At that time, all university correspondence (including updates from the Office of Admissions, course materials, financial aid information, etc.) will be sent only to your Hamline University email address. Prior to Aug. 1, your preferred email address will be used. You are responsible for any message sent to your Hamline email account, so please make it a habit to check it often and maintain your inbox.
More information: Hamline University Email Account
All Hamline students are required to possess a photo identification card, which can be obtained from the University's Office of Safety and Security any time after paying the tuition deposit. The Office of Safety and Security is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Your photo ID is required to use the law library and the Walker Fieldhouse, as well as other services on campus. Photo ID cards should be obtained prior to, or during, incoming student orientation.
First-year students may purchase their textbooks from the School of Law Bookstore after Aug. 1, 2013. Purchasing study aids and reading ahead is not recommended.
Campus parking permits are required to park in any of the campus parking lots, and all students are required to register their vehicles. Permits are assigned by the Office of Safety and Security following the results of a lottery, which will take place in late August. For more information about campus parking, to register your vehicle, or to sign up for the permit lottery, please refer to the Hamline University Parking Policy.
Orientation is mandatory. Orientation for Fall 2013 Weekend JD students is Aug. 10-11, 2013, and orientation for weekday, LLM, and transfer students is Aug. 19-20, 2013. Please see the Incoming Student Orientation page for further information and updates.
Weekend classes begin Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, and weekday classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.
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