Hamline University School of Law will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year on October 1, 2013. Apply online at LSAC.org.
Hamline Law has a preferred application deadline of April 1 each year, and a final deadline of August 1st. Offers of admission are made until the incoming, first-year class is full, and the majority of admission decisions are made by May 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.
The Hamline Law Admissions Committee, in its holistic review of an applicant's file, seeks a variety of components, such as: strong academic performance, leadership and service, and community/university involvement. We are committed to admitting a diverse class of academically talented students to advance our mission of leadership, scholarship, and service in order to produce lawyers who are locally engaged and globally connected. We seek intellectually curious students with differing backgrounds and experiences to promote a law school environment where students engage in a lively exchange of ideas. Hamline Law's founders' vision is also based on the belief that despite low statistical predictors, certain applicants should be given a chance to attend and excel in law school. Applicants who have objective risk elements in their application (e.g, low LSAT and/or low undergraduate grade point average) while having strong subjective indicators (such as professional experience, letters of recommendation, excellent personal statement, etc.) are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must complete the Hamline Law application online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) online application service at LSAC.org, and submit all required components to be considered for admission. Applicants must register for LSAC's Candidate Assembly Service. All applicants will be asked to register for the LSAC e-application service (even if the applicant already possesses an LSAC user account).
Complete accuracy is a requirement in all statements made on the application. Misrepresentation of application information is sufficient grounds for revocation of admission, loss of scholarship funds, suspension or dismissal from Hamline Law, or revocation of a degree.
Applicants encountering technical difficulty with the online application should call LSAC's Help Desk at 215-968-1393.
All applications must include:
Additional addenda as needed
The LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, including:
All Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. Please note: At least one valid LSAT score is required of all applicants;
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; and
A minimum of two, and maximum of three, letters of recommendation.
Additional materials required of international and transfer applicants as noted below.
A personal statement of two to three double-spaced pages is required. The statement should address an applicant's rationale for applying to law school in general, and Hamline Law specifically. The personal statement is an applicant's opportunity to share his/her unique abilities, character, and experiences with the admissions committee. The admissions committee weighs this statement heavily in the decision-making process and also considers it a writing sample.
A detailed resume is required. It should include work history, extracurricular activities, community service, internships, academic honors, hobbies, and other special interests, abilities or accomplishments.
Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law
All applicants are strongly encouraged to read the "Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law" portion of the application thoroughly and contact the Office of Admissions with any questions prior to submitting an application. Applicants who respond in the affirmative to any of the four questions in this section are obligated to attach a character and fitness addendum to their application providing full disclosure as to the date, offense charge, and disposition related to each event which results in their responding in the affirmative.
Applicants may wish to address: (a) why reported grades and test scores may not fully indicate their ability to succeed in the study of law, and (b) gaps in education and/or employment history. Applicants may submit any additional addenda they feel will assist the admissions committee in their review of the application. Addenda must be submitted electronically with the application.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through LSAC's online application service (LSAC.org).
Applicants must have transcripts from each post-secondary college or university attended sent directly to LSAC's CAS, for any undergraduate or graduate credit earned. Please note, this includes undergraduate institutions attended as a high school student and community college credits. The submission of a transcript from the most recent institution attended is not sufficient.
Applicants possessing post-undergraduate or graduate school credit must have all post-undergraduate transcripts submitted to LSAC's CAS as well.
All applicants who enroll at Hamline Law are required to have an official transcript from their undergraduate degree-granting institution submitted directly to Hamline Law which confirms the conferral of his/her undergraduate degree.
A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited college or university must be conferred to an applicant prior to his or her matriculation at Hamline Law. An appropriately accredited college or university must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; visit the U.S. Department of Education's website to search institutional accreditation.
Prior Law School Enrollment
All applicants who have previously enrolled at a law school must furnish a letter from the registrar of any law school attended, verifying the applicant's good standing and unconditional ability to return, as well as an official transcript. Both the letter of good standing and transcript must be submitted directly via U.S. mail from the law school previously attended to the Hamline Law Office of Admissions. Applicants who were academically dismissed from a previous law school should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standard 505 prior to submitting an application to Hamline Law. ABA Standards including Chapter Five, which houses Standard 505, may be found online on the American Bar Association's Legal Education Resources website.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required, and applicants must have a valid LSAT score to be considered for admission. In order for an LSAT score to be considered valid, the applicant must have taken the exam within five years of the planned matriculation date. Applicants may apply prior to taking the LSAT, but applications will not be considered complete until a valid score is available.
The LSAT is generally administered in June, October, December and February of each year. It is recommended that applicants take either the June exam in the summer prior to the submission of an application, or the October, December or February exams administered the year of application submission. Applicants planning to take the June exam in the same year in which they apply will be eligible for consideration, but will be at a disadvantage as a result of those scores not being available until late June or early July. Registration for the LSAT is available online at LSAC.org.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted directly by an applicant's recommenders through the LSAC's CAS. Hamline Law will accept a maximum of three letters of recommendation per applicant.
Letters from professionals in academic settings able to attest to an applicant's ability to enter an academically rigorous and competitive professional program are preferred. Applicants who have been graduated from an academic setting for more than two years may seek recommendations from employers or other supervisors. Applicants are strongly discouraged from seeking recommendations from personal contacts.
First-Year Applicants with Foreign Credentials must also include:
A CAS file which contains:
A valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score if English is not the primary language of the applicant's country of citizenship. All applicants' TOEFL score(s) must be submitted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Applicants' TOEFL score(s) will be included in the International Credential Documents that will be included in the LSAC Law School Report.
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school work. International transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC CAS in their original language. Applicants with any postsecondary work completed outside of the United States (including its territories) or Canada must use this service for the evaluation of international transcripts. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into the LSAC Law School Report; this service will translate, evaluate, and authenticate all transcripts. The fee for this service is included in the CAS registration fee.
Non-United States Citizen Applicants requiring a student visa should also consider the following:
Admitted students who will require a student visa must also submit the following documents directly to the Hamline Law Office of Admissions via mail. While applicants are not required to submit these documents until the point at which they are admitted into the JD program, all applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following requirements. If and when an applicant is admitted into the JD program, the applicant should begin preparing the following documents immediately.
Materials to be submitted directly to Hamline Law upon admission include:
A paper or PDF copy of the identification page of the applicant's passport.
Financial documentation: All students admitted into the JD program who will require a student visa must submit financial documentation as required by Hamline University and the United States government in order to apply for a visa for entry and study in the United States of America.
The Hamline University International and Off Campus Programs office's website outlines the process for submitting financial documentation, and provides the Affidavit of Financial Support form, which is required of all student visa holders.
Each applicant must submit via mail an Affidavit of Financial Support form and valid supplemental financial documentation as defined at the above website DIRECTLY to:Hamline University School of Law
Office of Admissions, MS D2001
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
For applicants not currently in the United States, information about the U.S. visa application process is available on the Hamline University IOCP website.
All applicants currently possessing a valid U.S. student visa should review the Hamline University IOCP website regarding immigration forms and process. Please note: all applicants currently maintaining F-1 visa status must submit the F-1 Transfer History Form.
All applicants are expected to provide the Office of Admissions with updates on their immigration status in a timely fashion.
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Hamline University School of Law
Office of Admissions, MS D2001
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Transfer applicants must also supply:
A personal statement with his or her electronic application which addresses the applicant's reason(s) for seeking admission as a transfer student.
A letter of good standing from the law school registrar or dean mailed directly to Hamline Law or submitted through the LSAC CAS.
A current law school transcript mailed directly to Hamline Law or submitted through the LSAC CAS.
In addition, transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to submit one letter of recommendation from a law school professor, submitted by the professor directly to Hamline Law via U.S. mail or through the LSAC CAS.
Visiting Student Applicants
All students seeking visiting student status must contact the Office of the Registrar at 651-523-2468. Applications can be found at the Office of the Registrar's forms repository.
Applicants with Disabilites and/or Special Needs
Hamline's admissions committee reviews and processes all applications in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Request forms for LSAT exam accommodations can be found at LSAC.org, or with test materials.
Admitted Students with Disabilities
Admitted students with disabilites are encouraged to contact Andrew Crouse, assistant dean for students and multicultural affairs, at 651-523-2143 or via email to discuss any questions concerning disability accommodations in law school.
Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Hamline University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The ABA may be contacted at: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, telephone 312-988-6738. The AALS may be contacted at: 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, telephone 202-296-8851.
Hamline University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
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