Hamline University School of Law
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|Hamline University School of Law|
|School type||Private university|
|Location||St. Paul, Minnesota, US
|Bar pass rate||91%|
Hamline University School of Law is a private law school affiliated with Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The School of Law was founded in 1972 as the Midwestern School of Law by a group of legal professionals. In 1976, it was absorbed by Hamline University as its own School of Law.
The School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
Hamline University School of Law (law.hamline.edu) offers full- and part-time legal education in pursuit of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, as well as the Master of Law (LL.M.) degree for international lawyers. Dual degrees are available in Public Administration, Business Management, Nonprofit Management, Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and Organizational Leadership.
Employment, Cost, and Rankings
According to Hamline's official employment disclosures required by the ABA, 44.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term employment requiring a J.D. nine months after graduation. Hamline's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 20.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 who are unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. 
Tuition at Hamline for the 2014-2015 academic year is $37,204. The estimated cost of living off-campus for a Hamline law student is $19,883. Assuming no tuition increases, a typical three-year course of study costs $171,261, or $57,087 per year.
For its 2014 rankings, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Schools" placed Hamline's overall law school program in a six-way tie at #126 among the 144 law schools it ranked. The 2014 rankings place the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program fourth among 14 schools, and Hamline's Health Law Institute is ranked 16th of 18 ranked schools.  The four-year average of first-time bar passage rate for Hamline students is about 91%.
The school publishes two law journals. The Hamline Law Review is in the top 20% of the Most Cited Law Reviews . The Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy provides a forum for discussions relating to public policy decisions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches at all levels of government. Hamline law students staff the Hamline Law Review and the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy.
The School of Law fields student-run sports teams under the team name Res Ipsa, particularly in ice hockey, where it competes in community leagues, intramural competition, and inter-law school competition among the Minnesota-based law schools.
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- Donovan Frank, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
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- Carly Melin, Minnesota State Representative
- Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director for North Dakota
- Eric Swanson, attorney
- Tim Purdon, 18th U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota
- Van Tran, California Assemblyman
- Charles Wiger, Minnesota State Senator
- Michael Gableman, Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
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