Dean Donald Lewis
Available in both video and text format for your convenience
Greetings, everyone. It’s the beginning of a new school year, and I look forward to speaking with you throughout what will be a transforming year at Hamline’s law school.
Like most journeys, it starts at the front door. And our virtual front door is our webpage. It’s where we meet prospective students; It’s where our current students find information about their classes and extracurricular activities; It’s where our faculty members promote their teaching and research; It’s where our alumni keep current on events at the law school and the career progress of their classmates.
If you’re visiting for the first time, we obviously want to make a good impression. More importantly, we want to make sure that you have easy and comprehensive access to the information about the extraordinary legal education community that is Hamline University School of Law.
So that’s why we’ve refreshed our web page: We want the design to be bright, open and inviting.
We’ve worked to make its navigation easier, so that you can quickly find what you’re looking for: whether it’s a calendar of upcoming events, alumni news or the latest publications by our faculty. We expanded our capacity to present audio and video features of our activities. We will have ready links to social network sites.
And it’s compatible with the design and features of the University’s website, so that you’re comfortable moving to and from other Hamline webpages.
So please visit the law school often through this gateway. I’d appreciate your comments on its look and functionality, and any ideas that you have on keeping its content fresh and provocative.
Today, I want to highlight Hamline selection as one of America’s “Best Value Law Schools.”
This designation a couple weeks ago from PreLaw Magazine (the sister publication to The National Jurist). The magazine based its rankings on four criteria:
*Bar passage rate that is better than state average
*Average student indebtedness that is below $100,000
*Employment rate nine months after graduation that is greater than 85 percent
*Tuition that is less than $35,000 for in-state residents
There are only 11 private law schools included in the list of 60 “best values,” and Hamline was the only private law school in Minnesota listed.
This ranking is a big honor to Hamline because it is based upon the metrics the students care about. In any marketplace, a “best value” is a purchase that presents the best combination of quality, service, price and other benefits that meets the buyer’s needs; the complete package. And being considered a “best value” is a significant virtue at a time of slow economic growth.
I believe that a law degree is the best extension of a liberal arts education. I also believe that it’s the best investment you can make in many professional fields beyond legal practice. Business, human resources, health care, community service, you name it. The critical thinking skills and on-the-ground experience offered at Hamline will continue to be a “best buy.”
See ya next time.