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Scheduling Options

Full-time Day Program

Students participating in the full-time day program may complete law school in six academic semesters. Under the full-time program, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester (6 for summer). During the first year of law school, full-time students are typically divided into three sections of approximately 60-70 students per section, and a small legal writing class of 20 students.

Weekend Law Program

Classes are offered on Saturday and Sunday during the day at Hamline School of Law through the Part-time Weekend Program. Students in the Weekend Program are able to fulfill all graduation requirements, including electives, within four to five years. The program must be completed within seven years. Students are required to register for eight to eleven credits each semester. In their first semester, students must take nine credit hours.

Contracts, Civil Procedure, Torts, Criminal Law, Property I, Constitutional Law I, Legal Research and Writing, and seminars required to graduate, are taught by full-time professors in the School of Law. The upper-class electives are taught mainly by full-time professors; adjunct professors teach those courses in which the expertise of experienced practitioners or judges is desired.

Student services are available on the weekend, as well as during normal business hours. Weekend students can participate in student organizations and co-curricular activities such as moot court, the Hamline Law Review, and the Journal of Public Law & Policy.

Classes will not meet the following weekends: Labor Day, MEA (usually 3rd weekend in October), Thanksgiving, mid-February, spring break and Easter.