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Student Schedule Worksheet (PDF)

Piperline registration instructions (PDF)

Summer 2014

Registration opens for all students April 8 at 9 a.m.

View Course Offerings in Piperline

JD Course List (PDF)

The summer study abroad programs, DRI and HLI summer courses have different deadlines and policies than the traditional law school summer courses. See Study AbroadDRI Summer Term and HLI Summer Term for details.

Earliest Start of Classes
Tuesday, May 27

Last Day to Add
For law school courses: Up to the day before a given course begins. Please see institute web sites for specific add deadlines.
Online add/drop transactions end at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 25 for DRI and HLI courses and Tuesday, May 27 for all other courses; thereafter, all add/drop transactions must be made in person in the Office of the Registrar.

Last Day to Drop (without notation on record or financial penalty)
June and July Courses (summer-long)
Monday, June 2
Short Courses Offered Throughout the Term
Day before 1st class meeting

Final Exams
June and July Courses (summer-long) and July Courses
Saturday, August 2 - Thursday, August 7

Faculty Deadline to Submit Grades
June Courses
Monday, July 28
June and July Courses (summer-long) and July Courses
Tuesday, September 2

Approval from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs is required to register for more than eight credits during the summer.

Fall 2014 

Associate Dean's Registration Memo (PDF)

Registration Booklet (PDF)

Course List (PDF)

Tentative Course Offerings for Spring 2015 (PDF)

Priority for registration is determined by class and program. For Hamline Law JD students, class is determined by the time elapsed since matriculation. Class for a first year student is L1, for a second year L2, for a third year L3, and L4 for all others. A student’s class is rolled to the next class after each academic year. Visiting away does not toll rolling; a student’s leave of absence does. Hamline Law JD students are enrolled in one of two programs: weekday or weekend.

Class and program information is available via Piperline (link path: Student Services, Student Records, View Student Information). Priority for online registration will be as follows:

Monday April 14, starting at 9 p.m.
L4 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
L4 Weekend Students

Tuesday, April 15, starting at 9 p.m.
L3 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
MSL and LL.M Students

Wednesday, April 16, starting at 9 p.m.
L3 Weekend Students

Thursday, April 17, starting at 9 p.m.
L2 Weekday Students (weekday classes only)
L2 Weekend Students 

Monday, April 21, starting at 9 p.m.
All other students
Weekend classes open to Weekday Students

Students must register via Piperline. The following information explains the registration process. Please read it carefully.

Piperline is a secure system that requires user authentication. Know your user ID (which is your Hamline ID number starting with a 9) and PIN. Log in to Piperline before the registration period begins and familiarize yourself with the menus and navigation. Piperline has many features; don’t wait until the first day of registration to acquaint yourself with it. You may log in to Piperline from any page (link path: Logins, Piperline, Login to secure area).

Check Piperline for any holds, status, or condition that may prevent you from registering (link path: Student Services, Registration, Check your Registration Status). A hold can be removed only by the department that set it. Please contact the department listed.

Piperline offers several views allowing you to see course offering information in various formats. You may view an alphabetical table, a list of full course descriptions, or a date/room/time grid by selecting the appropriate display options on the Hamline Class Schedule screen (link path from any screen: Logins, Piperline, Course Listing, select term for School of Law courses). To view a different format, select your preferred option from the drop down menu in the upper left. The schedule in Piperline will offer the most up-to-date information available, and will supersede the information in the printed booklet.

Check the course descriptions to verify that you have met the prerequisites for your planned courses. Please contact the Office of the Registrar prior to registration if you are using course substitutions or transfer credits to meet prerequisites to ensure proper articulation.

• You may log in to Piperline from any page (link path: Logins, Piperline, Login to secure area).
• Enter your user ID.
• Enter your Piperline PIN. If you forgot your PIN, click on the Forgot PIN button. You will be prompted to answer your security question. If you have forgotten that as well, you must contact the ITS Help desk to have your PIN reset. The Office of the Registrar cannot reset your PIN.
• The Registration screen (link path: Student Services, Registration) offers options to add/drop, look up section information, view your current schedule and check your registration status. You should verify and print your schedule before ending your registration session.

Courses for which you are successfully registered will have two identifiers in the registration grid:
• Under the Status header, Web Registered and the date of registration will appear.
• Under the Action header, the notation None will appear, indicating no action needs to be taken.
Always click the Submit Registration button to process your registration.

A stop symbol indicates that a registration error has occurred. Refer to the text under the Status header in the registration grid to determine the specific error. The Action pull down list allows you to take corrective action to eliminate the error condition. Below are some errors you may encounter and the actions required to resolve them:

Status Message


Closed - XXX Waitlisted

Select NONE to drop the selection, or WAIT LIST to add your name to the wait list. You will not be automatically added to the wait list, you are merely being offered the next seat on the wait list. The numeral displayed shows the number of students already on the wait list. You must click the Submit Registration button to register for the wait list.

Open - XXX Waitlisted

You may not register for this section because a wait list has been started and all open seats are being reserved for students on the wait list. Select NONE to drop the selection, or WAIT LIST to add your name to the wait list. You will not be automatically added to the wait list, you are merely being offered the next seat on the wait list. The numeral displayed shows the number of students already on the wait list. You must click the Submit Registration button to save your wait list status.

Pre-requisite and Test Score Error

Select a different course—you do not have the prerequisite(s) for this section. If you are using course substitutions or transfer credits to satisfy the prerequisite(s), you need to contact the Office of the Registrar prior to registration to ensure proper articulation.

Duplicate CRN

You have entered the same course twice in the registration grid. Only one of the sections will be saved when you exit.

Time Conflict With CRN XXXXX

There is a time conflict between two or more sections. You must choose one. You can’t enroll in both even if you intend to drop one later.

College Restriction

You are a weekday student trying to register for a weekend class before the section has opened to weekday students. Please check the registration priority dates.

  Level Restriction        The course is reserved for students in the MSL or JD program.

Repeat Count Exceeds XXX

You have already taken this course as many times as permissible. You must select another course.

If a section is full, you should put yourself on the wait list and register for a second choice course. (Please see Action column above for instructions on how to add yourself to the wait list when offered a wait list seat.) The associate dean of academic affairs uses wait list enrollment numbers to gauge interest in courses when considering adding seats or sections to the current term schedule and determining course offerings in subsequent terms. You may be on as many wait lists as you wish. Wait listing yourself for a section does not mean that you are, or will be, registered in that section. You will be notified via email if you become eligible to enroll. Notices will be sent to Hamline University-issued email accounts only.

All courses are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached. Cancellation of courses may impact financial aid eligibility. If fewer than eight students register for a course other than a clinic or externship, the course will be reviewed by the associate dean to determine whether it should be canceled. If a course must be canceled, students registered for the course will be promptly notified and assisted in selecting another course.

If you need assistance with the registration process, contact the Office of the Registrar at 651-523-2468 or by email to 


For information regarding the MBA, MFA, MPA, MNM or MAOL joint degree programs, please see Students who are already enrolled in a joint degree program or wishing to take HSB courses through the general credit exchange should fill out the Graduate Course Registration form and submit to the Office of the Registrar. The student will receive an email notification and the course request will be forwarded to HSB or CLA for processing when the graduate course is approved for JD credit.

The Hamline University Department of Legal Studies is offering a post-baccalaureate course in the field of eDiscovery, which is open to upper level law students. The following courses will be offered during the fall 2014 semester:

LGST 6000 - Electronic Discovery: Introduction to Governance (CRN 10788) - Mondays, 6-9 pm
Course covers the purpose of electronic discovery and the legal framework that governs its objectives and standards.
Students will learn to:
• Define the purpose and overarching objectives of the e-Discovery process from all perspectives.
• Explain the relationship between evidentiary requirements and the e-Discovery process

LGST 6010 - Electronic Discovery: A Practical Framework (CRN 10789) - Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Course covers the practical framework, including a concurrent technology lab, by which the eDiscovery process meets its objectives.
Students will learn to:
• Identify e-Discovery process participants and their roles and responsibilities.
•Articulate with detail the core phases of the e-Discovery process and the types and purpose of key technology types and other resources available to support the process.
Pre- or Co- Requisite: LGST 6000
For more information regarding class dates, see the graduate class listings on Piperline. HUSL students will earn 3 law credits per course. Online registration is not available, so to register for the class, simply fill out and submit an Add/Drop Form to the Law School Office of the Registrar. 

An Independent Study Registration form must be completed, signed by a full-time faculty member, and returned to the Office of the Registrar. The form is available from the Office of the Registrar and online (link path from the Office of the Registrar’s home page: Forms, Independent Study Registration).

Approval from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs is required to register for credit loads outside the following parameters:
Weekday students: 12-16 credits
Weekend students: 8-11 credits
In no event may a student exceed seventeen credits in fall or spring, ten credits in summer, or three credits in J-term. The Overload/Underload Status Request form is available from the Office of the Registrar and online (link path from the Office of the Registrar’s home page: Forms, Overload/Underload Status Request). Once completed, the form must be returned to the Office of the Registrar for submission to the associate dean.

Upper level students who need to enroll in a first year course (including FEP students, transfer students, and students who need to re-take a course) must use their Hamline issued email account to email the Office of the Registrar at with “Upper Level Registration for First Year Course” as the subject line and student ID number, first and second schedule choices for the required class in the body of the email.

For fall 2014, 2L Weekday students will be pre-registered in the required foundational course Property. 2L Weekend students will be pre-registered for Property and Constitutional Law I. 


If you currently anticipate taking the bar in any state other than Minnesota, consult the bar exam resources for that state to see what subjects are tested.

Hamline Law courses that teach subjects tested on the Minnesota bar exam are listed below.
• Business Associations
• Civil Procedure
• Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
• Commercial Law: Survey of Sales, Leases and Payment Systems
• Conflict of Laws
• Constitutional Law I
• Constitutional Law II
• Contracts
• Criminal Law
• Criminal Procedure I
• Evidence
• Family Law
• Modern Real Estate Transactions
• Property
• Torts
• Wills and Trusts

The following Fall 2014 courses fulfill or apply toward the two-credit Skills Requirement for graduation:
• Client Interview & Counseling
• Clinics
• Cyber Skills and Dispute Resolution
• Externships
• Mediation
• Merger & Acquisitions Simulation
• Skills Labs
• Trial Advocacy

(Replaces International Law requirement for students who begin their second year in Fall 2013 or later)

The following Fall 2014 courses fulfill or apply toward the two-credit Globalization Requirement for graduation:
• International Litigation
• Seminar: Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics

In addition, any Hamline or other ABA approved foreign program with an international or comparative law focus would likely be allowed.

The Seminar Requirement is now an Advanced Legal Research & Writing (ALRWE) Requirement. A class that satisfies the ALRW Requirement will substitute for the Seminar Requirement even for students who entered Hamline under the old Seminar Requirement regime. Required Legal Research and Writing courses do not satisfy the ALRWE Requirement.

The following Fall 2014 courses meet the Advanced Legal Research and Writing Requirement Experience for graduation:
• Banking Law
• Cyber Skills and Dispute Resolution
• Law of Juvenile Delinquency
• Seminar: Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics
• Seminar: Jury Trial
• Seminar: National Security Law

Each clinical experience requires students to consider questions of professional ethics as attorneys. Clinic experiences are three credits each. To be eligible to register for a clinic, students:
• Must be in good standing
• Must be eligible for Certification under MN Supreme Court Rule 2 for Student Practice, which includes completion of the equivalent of one year full-time study, or 24 credits
• Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Professional Responsibility (see each section for details)

Students can apply for clinics by using the Clinic Job Application Form in the Career Services Office (CSO) Symplicity job bank. Students rank the clinics in which they have an interest in participating in the coming semester. Students are accepted for clinics based on their preferences and the needs of the clinic. The deadline for applying for a Fall 2014 clinic was March 25, 2014. Any remaining clinic seats will open to competitive registration on April 14.

Students may earn credit for a second clinic, but students who have not yet taken a clinic have registration priority. Clinic student directorships are not counted as part of the two clinic limit.

All externships require time spent in the field working under the guidance of an attorney mentor (e.g., for a 3 credit externship, 114 hours of field work is required); plus attendance and participation in a corresponding HUSL externship class (usually only 8 students/class); plus completion of writing requirements listed in the student externship guide located on the HUSL website:
Three-credit externships are available in these areas for Fall 2014: Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution, Health Law, Immigration, Private Attorney, and Public Interest. An up-to-date list of externship placement sites with attorneys committed to mentoring student externs for Fall 2014 is posted on the HUSL website. These postings also indicate those sites willing to consider students for greater than three credits. Professional Responsibility is a prerequisite or concurrent requirement for all externships, except judicial clerks. Other prerequisites, listed on the website, vary by placement. Externships are graded pass/no pass.

Students who register for an externship will receive a site preference form shortly after registering, to be returned promptly to the Externship Office, with a copy of a current resume. Tentative matching between sites and students will be accomplished quickly, and students will be notified of their next steps (interviews with sites, letters of interest if required, etc.) as soon after they register as possible. The goal is to accomplish the Fall 2014 extern placements prior to the end of spring semester finals.

Priority in placing students in externships will be given to students enrolling in their first externship. Students who are interested in a 2nd externship are advised to consider the advantages of enrolling in a different practice area.

After the site preference form is submitted to the Externship Office, students can drop an externship ONLY with the approval of the externship director.

For Health Law externships, students will receive a notice to contact Professor Barbara Colombo after registering in order to follow the matching procedures used by the Health Law Institute.

Students considering an externship for more than 3-credits should consult with the Externship Office.

Semester Limitations
Students may not earn credit for more than four credits in online courses per semester. Students must also have earned 28 credits before taking online courses.

Academic Year Limitations
Students may not, within the same academic year, receive credit for participating in more than one of the following:
• Law Review
• Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy

Law School Career Limitations
In the course of your legal education students may not take more than:
• Two independent studies
• Two externships, including extended externships (a year-long prearranged extended externship counts as one) not exceeding 15 total externship credits
• Two competition courses
• Two clinics, excluding student directorships
• Four credits in legal drafting credits
• 12 credits in "distance education" courses, including online courses
• 23 credits derived from the following types of courses:
• Externship
• Competition
• Law review or journal
• Independent study
• Course exchange or joint degree course
• Structured Study Group Leader
• Legal Research & Writing Teaching Assistant
• Course for credit that is substantially based upon time expended outside a regularly scheduled class time at the School of Law or another ABA accredited law school. This rule does not apply to seminars, clinics which require a substantial classroom component, foreign study programs approved by Hamline Law or another ABA accredited law school, and courses conducted by HUSL or another ABA accredited law school in accordance with ABA standards for distance education.
Students may earn credit for more than one seminar, but students who have not yet taken a seminar have registration priority for seminars.

Final exams will be held from Thursday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 17. The exam schedule will be posted on the Office of the Registrar’s web site.

Exams are graded anonymously. Each term students are assigned a 4-digit midterm exam number and a 5-digit final exam number to be used for all exams during that term. These numbers are available via Piperline (link path: log in to Piperline, Student Services, Registration, Student Detail Schedule). Exam numbers are listed below Total Credit Hours at the top of the page.

Letter grades based on a 4.0 system (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F) are issued for all HUSL courses except those indicating a pass/no pass grade modality in the course description.

(Applies to JD students for courses beginning in the Spring Semester, 2013 or later)
Subject to the limitations set forth hereafter, a JD student may elect to convert a letter grade in any non-required course, other than those designated by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs as not available for the pass option, to a “Pass” represented by a “P,” for “D-” or better work.
• A student may only convert a letter grade to a “P” in one course during the student’s entire law school career.
• Students may elect to replace their passing grade with a “P” by filing with the Registrar at any time after registering for the course but not later than 5 calendar days after his or her last grade is posted for the semester or term in which that course was offered.
• Once the pass option has been exercised, the student cannot reverse that decision, even if hindsight proves that another choice would have been more beneficial.
• Clinics and Trial Advocacy are not eligible for a Pass/No pass election.
• If semester rankings have already been calculated, students will not be re-ranked after the pass option has been elected even if cumulative GPAs have changed significantly.
• Certificate students should be aware that the earned grade, rather than a Pass, may still be used to calculate the GPA required for certificate completion. Students should check with the relevant institute administrator to determine specific Institute policy.

In order to receive financial aid, students should complete their 2014-2015 FAFSA. This can be done online at For more information contact Student Administrative Services at 651-523-3000.

Details regarding tuition, fees, and payment plans can be found at
Payment may be made in person at the Cashier's Office in the East Hall Building, by mail, by phone, or via Piperline.

If a student officially withdraws from Hamline Law during the fall semester, the amount of tuition owed is calculated from the date of record of withdrawal or leave, not from the date the student ceases to attend class. If the official withdrawal takes place within the first 10 business days of class for students enrolled in the weekday program or the first two weekends for students enrolled in the weekend program, no tuition is owed. Subsequently, tuition owed will be calculated daily on an increasing scale based on the percentage of the days in the term before the official withdrawal date. The above process is also used to calculate the refund due to a student who drops from full-time (12-16 credits) to part-time status (8-11 credits). Please see the academic calendar for add/drop dates. Students who withdraw after 60 percent of the term has passed will be responsible for all tuition charges.

Students eligible for VA benefits should contact the financial aid office, at 651-523-3000 or

Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, ethnic background, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, religion, age, or veteran status in its employment or educational opportunities.

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.