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  • Applying for the MSL

    The primary target audience for the MSL program is the early-to mid-career business professional, with a minimum of two years of full-time professional experience.

    To be considered for admission, all MSL applicants must submit the following seven items:

    Paper Application

    Online Application

    Official Transcripts: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., with a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside of the U.S. Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended.

    Graduate Admission Test Score (e.g., GMAT, GRE, or LSAT) or narrative explaining at least two years applicable professional experience. 

    Personal Statement: The personal statement (2 to 3 double-spaced pages) is your opportunity to share your unique abilities, character, and experiences with the admissions committee. The statement should address the reasons you have elected to pursue an MSL degree in general and why specifically at Hamline. You should also comment on your professional plans following completion of the degree. The committee weighs this statement heavily in the decision-making process and also considers it a writing sample.

    Resume: Your detailed resume should include work history, extracurricular activities, community service, internships, academic honors, hobbies, and other special interests, abilities or accomplishments.

    Letters of Reference: Two letters of recommendation are required (the admissions committee 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 received their baccalaureate degree more than two years prior to applying to the MSL program may seek recommendations from a supervisor or someone who is familiar with the applicants professional abilities and applied knowledge and skills. Your recommender should be someone who can attest to your commitment in seeking a MSL degree. Applicants are strongly discouraged from seeking recommendations from personal contacts or relatives.

    English Language Testing Requirements: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence that they possess a sufficient level of English to undertake graduate studies at Hamline University School of Law. Applicants can demonstrate their English proficiency in one of the following ways: 

    • A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper-based format), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT)
    • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • A minimum score of 90 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

    Please note: Scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

    The admission committee reviews applications and renders admission decisions approximately 3-4 weeks after receipt of a completed application file. We highly suggest that you apply by December 1 for the Spring semester and by July 1 for the Fall semester. This will allow for adequate placement in courses and for timely completion of the the financial aid process.

    Please mail all application materials to:

    Kitty Atkins, MSL Managing Director
    Hamline University School of Law
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-D2004
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

  • Contact

    Kitty Atkins
    Managing Director, MSL
    Associate Director, DRI
    Phone: 651-523-2897

    James Coben
    Academic Director, MSL
    Professor of Law
    Senior Fellow, DRI
    Phone: 651-523-2137


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