Hamline University School of Law has moved into the third tier in the national rankings in the latest U.S.News & World Report assessment of the nation's best law schools, graduate schools, and specialty programs. In addition, Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute has been ranked in the top five in the nation for the eighth consecutive year.
"Hamline's overall ranking in the third tier reflects a growing national recognition of the educational quality and innovative programs at Hamline, including the successful establishment of our new Health Law Institute, our newly-developing Business Law Institute, the expansion of innovative dual degree programs, and an increasingly strong first-time bar passage rate by our graduates," said Hamline University School of Law Dean Jon Garon.
Hamline University currently is developing the Business Law Institute, which will combine the strengths of its School of Law and Graduate School of Management to build comprehensive, collaborative options for students. Two years ago, Hamline unveiled its Health Law Institute, which provides a broad range of learning opportunities to students, scholars and health care professionals. It offers specialized classes and externships, allowing its students to engage in real-life health law experiences.
"The third tier is a level of recognition that we know employers and students are looking for in an institution," said Hamline University President Linda Hanson. "Hamline is creating innovative and relevant collaborations and program offerings, such as our institutes in the areas of health law, business law, and dispute resolution. These programs meet the growing need for skilled, professional legal graduates who are able to make a meaningful difference in their communities and around the world."
Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute currently offers thirty alternative dispute resolution courses in three domestic and six international programs each year, including new offerings in preventive law and corporate practice, religious conflict, ADR and technology, and rethinking zealousness in family law advocacy.
"There's a significant evolution going on regarding how justice is delivered in society," said James Coben, director of the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law. "Hamline is on the forefront of that evolution as we promote a critical look at justice as it is delivered increasingly through private mechanisms. We seek to produce lawyers with a sophisticated understanding of problem-solving who can make the best choices for their clients and help their clients understand the implications of those choices."
Hamline University School of Law is dedicated to educating students to become competent, professional and ethical lawyers who apply legal knowledge with disciplined imagination and a global perspective that enables them to strengthen society.
Creative and innovative teaching and learning attract a diverse student body of nearly 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students to Hamline University. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, Hamline students develop an individual and community ethic of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive leadership and service. Ranked first in quality and value in Minnesota among comprehensive master's universities with criteria determined by U.S.News & World Report, Hamline is also Minnesota's first university, founded in 1854, and among the first co-educational institutions in the nation.