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ABA Standard 509: Consumer Information

The following information is presented in compliance with the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. The American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee require that a law school publicly disclose consumer information as presented by the Standard 509 Consumer Information Report. Please refer to the below PDF for data presented directly as it was reported to the ABA. Last updated: December 9, 2013

Standard 509 (a)

All consumer information that a law school reports, publicizes or distributes shall be complete, accurate and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant. Schools shall use due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information. Violations of these obligations may result in sanctions under Rule 16 of the Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

Standard 509 (b)

A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in the form and manner and for the time frame designated by the Council, the following information:

1. Admissions data

GPA and LSAT Scores Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of apps 690 591 99
Number of offers 433 366 67
Number of matrics 88 65 23
75% GPA 3.53 3.60 3.32
Median GPA 3.30 3.42 3.14
25% GPA 3.08 3.11 2.83
75% LSAT 156 157 153
Median LSAT 153 154 148
25% LSAT 149 150 145

2. Tuition and fees, living costs, and financial aid

Tuition and Fees Resident Non-Resident
Full-time  $37,204 $37,204
Part-time  $26,820 $26,820
Tuition guarantee program  No No

Estimated Living Expenses for Singles
Living on campus $12,205
Living off campus $19,883
Living at home $19,883

3. Conditional Scholarships

Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Students who entered Hamline Law in Fall 2013, and students who enter in subsequent years, retain their merit-based scholarships if they remain in good academic standing (2.000 GPA).

Students who entered Hamline Law before Fall 2013 retained their merit-based scholarships if they earned a specific cumulative GPA, which depended upon the student’s year of entry and the type of merit-based scholarship. Information about scholarship retention in previous years is listed below.

Scholarship Retention Grid

 

Students
Matriculating In

# Entering with Conditional  Scholarships # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2012-2013 91 6
2011-2012 135 31
2010-2011 147 27


The Hamline University School of Law Office of Admissions communicates conditional scholarship renewal criteria and retention data to all scholarship recipients at the time the scholarship is awarded.

4. Enrollment data, including academic, transfer and other attrition

  Men Women Full-time  Part-time First-year Total JD Degree
  # % # % # % # % # % # % Award
Hispanics of any race 10 5.1 11 4.5 8 2.6 13 9.8 4 4.4 21 4.8 7
Amer Ind/Alsk Native 3 1.5 4 1.7 6 2 1 0.8 1 1.1 7 1.6 2
Asian 5 2.5 18 7.4 15 4.9 8 6 3 3.3 23 5.2 11
Black/Afr Amer 7 3.6 8 3.3 6 2 9 6.8 6 6.7 15 3.4 9
Nat Haw/Pac Isl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Two or more races 3 1.5 2 0.8 5 1.6 0 0 1 1.1 5 1.1 5
Total Minority 28 14.2 43 17.8 40 13.1 31 23.3 15 16.7 71 16.2 34
White 161 81.7 185 76.4 251 82 95 71.4 67 74.4 346 78.8 141
Nonresident Alien 2 1 8 3.3 6 2 4 3 2 2.2 10 2.3 5
Race/Eth Unknown 6 3 6 2.5 9 2.9 3 2.3 6 6.7 12 2.7 5
Total 197 44.9 242 55.1 306 69.7 133 30.3 90 20.5 439 100 185

Attrition/graduation rates: Hamline University School of Law lost 9 students to attrition during the 2012-2013 School year as reported to the ABA.

Attrition Rates
Year Academic Other Total Percent
1st Year 2 5 7 5.6%
2nd Year 0 0 0 0%
3rd Year 0 0 0 0%
4th Year 1 1 2 7.1%

5. Numbers of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators

Full-time and Part-time Faculty Total Men Women Minorities
  Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
Full-time 25 22 14 13 11 9 2 2
Other full-time 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0
Deans, librarians & others who teach 10 9 3 3 7 6 2 2
Part-time 54 34 27 14 27 20 1 2
Total 92 67 46 31 46 36 5 6

6. Class sizes for first year and upper class courses; number of seminar, clinical and co-curricular offerings 

 

Curriculum Full-Time   Part-Time
Typical first-year section size 46 30
Number of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum 97  
Number of upper division classroom course sections    
       Under 25 144  
       25-49 43  
       50-74 16  
       75-99 0  
       100+ 0  
Number of positions available in simulation courses 723  
Number of simulation positions filled 373 109
Number of positions available in faculty supervised clinical courses 160  
Number of faculty supervised clinical positions filled 90 12
Number of field placement positions filled 115 11
Number of students who enrolled in independent study 20 8
Number of students who participated in law journals 91 16

Number of students who participated in interschool skills competitions

51 9
Number of credit hours required to graduate 88  

7. Employment outcomes

A law school shall publicly disclose the employment outcomes of its JD graduates on its website.

 8. Bar passage data  

Bar Passage Data (Calendar year 2012 as calculated by the ABA)
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Diff. %
Minnesota 144 121 84.03 90.66 -6.63
Wisconsin 10 8 80.00 86.19 -6.19

First Time Takers: 212
Avg. Pass Diff: -6.61%
Reporting %: 72.64%
Avg. School %: 83.76%
Avg. State: 90.37%

Standard 509 (c)

A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in a readable and comprehensive manner, the following information on a current basis: refund policies; curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements; and policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another instituion of higher education. The law school's transfer of credit policies must include at a minimum: (i) A statement of the criteria established by the law school regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution; and (ii) A list of institutions, if any, with which the law school has established an articulation agreement.

1. Refund policies:

2. Curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements

3. Policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education. The law school's transfer of credit policies must include at a minimum: 

(i) A statement of the criteria established by the law school regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution

Transfer credits are covered in section 3.6 of the Hamline Law Student Policy Manual (PDF) and outlined below.

3.6. Transfer Credits to and From Other Institutions, JD Program

3.6.1. U.S. Law Students Transferring Credits Into Hamline  

3.6.1.1. Number and Type of Credits That Transfer: A JD student in good standing at another approved law school may receive transfer credits for courses in which the student received a grade of at least 2.000 on a 4.000 point scale, or its equivalent. Courses graded “pass/no pass” do not transfer. No more than 43 transfer credits can count toward graduation. (AR 102)

3.6.1.2. Recording Credits/GPA Effect: Transfer credit courses will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Grades will also be recorded but will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average. (AR 112)

3.6.1.3. Procedure for Recording Credits: Upon a student’s acceptance for transfer into the JD program, the OTR will prepare a preliminary evaluation of the students transcript to determine which credits will transfer and whether they fulfill Hamline Law graduation requirements based on an official transcript sent directly from the other institution to Hamline Law. (AR 102) Supporting information, such as syllabi and course descriptions, may be required to fully assess prior coursework.

3.6.2. Non-U.S. Law Students Transferring Credits Into Hamline Law

3.6.2.1. Evaluation of Transfer Credits: Students who wish to transfer credits from non-U.S. law schools to the JD program must have their official transcript from the foreign law school evaluated by WES or a similar service. (AR 102)

3.6.2.2. Numerical Limitation on Transfer Credits: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine how many credits will be awarded based upon credits earned for the foreign law degree. (AR 102)

3.6.2.3. GPA Limitation on Transfer Credits: Advanced standing transfer credit will be awarded for LL.B. or equivalent work at the foreign law school only for courses in which the student achieved a grade of “C” (2.000) or equivalent, or better. Courses graded “pass/no pass” do not transfer. (AR 112)

3.6.2.4. Timing of Transfer Credits: A non-U.S. law student must apply for advanced standing transfer credits at the end of the first year of courses taken in the JD program. Advanced standing credits will be granted only if the student has achieved a cumulative grade point of 2.000 or higher during the first year of courses. (AR 102)

3.6.2.5. Recording Credits/GPA Effect: Transfer credit courses will display on the student’s transcript. Grades will also be recorded but will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average. (AR 112)

3.6.3. LL.M. Students Entering the JD Program

3.6.3.1. LL.M. Advanced Standing Credit: No more than 29 advanced standing semester credits can be transferred from any LL.M. program to count toward the 88 credits required for the Hamline JD program. (AR 102)

3.6.3.2. Graduation Requirements for LL.M. Transfers: LL.M. students transferring into the JD program must take all first-year required courses and must otherwise meet all requirements for graduation from the JD program. (AR 102)

3.6.4. Hamline Students Transferring to Other Institutions

Students who wish to transfer to another law school should notify the OTR and the Assistant Dean for Students before applying for transfer. Most schools require letters of good standing and a transcript as part of an application to transfer. The Office of the Registrar issues such documents to Hamline Law students seeking to transfer to another school, provided that they are in good standing, have no holds and submit all the pertinent document issuance fees.

3.6.5. Hamline Students Visiting Away Who Seek to Transfer Credits to Hamline for Their Degrees  

3.6.5.1. Prior Approval: A student at Hamline Law who wishes to take courses at another law school for credit must obtain approval in advance from the Dean's Office. (AR 112) Students should submit their petitions through the OTR.

3.6.5.2. Visited School Limitations: Students may visit away at ABA-accredited schools only.

3.6.5.3. Visited School Limitations–Minnesota: Students may visit away at one of the other three Minnesota law schools during fall and spring semesters as allowed in the Minnesota law school consortium agreement. (See Section 6.3) In unusual circumstances where it is necessary to take courses at other Minnesota law schools during the summer term or J-term, students must apply to visit away at that Minnesota law school

3.6.5.4. Visiting Away Procedures: To visit away at another law school, a student must authorize the billing of the processing fee to the student's account and submit a Petition to Visit Away form to the Office of the Registrar for approval by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Petition to Visit Away must include a list of all coursework to be undertaken at the other institution and the course descriptions for each course. Coursework that is not pre-approved will not transfer.

3.6.5.5. Visiting Away Credits: Credits earned in an approved visit at another law school will be treated as transfer credits provided the student attains a grade of C (2.000) or better. “Pass/no pass” courses do not transfer. The grade will be entered on the student’s transcript but will not be calculated into his or her GPA. A maximum of 43 credits can be earned by visiting away. (AR 112)

3.6.5.6. No Visiting Away in Final Semester: Visiting away at another law school is not permitted during the last semester of the student’s law school career.

(ii) Articulation agreement: A list of institutions, if any, with which the law school has established an articulation agreement.

  • Currently, Hamline University School of Law has no articulation agreements.

Section 509 (d)

A law school shall distribute the data required under Standard 509 (b)(3) to all applicants being offered conditional scholarships at the time the scholarship offer is extended.