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School of Law Hamline University

  • St. Paul, MN
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 439
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • May 1
    fall application deadline
  • 62%
    acceptance rate
  • 8 Degrees
    degrees offered


Hamline University School of Law

Master in the Study of Law

Learn to think like a lawyer.

Hamline University's Master in the Study of Law program is designed for working professionals who recognize that a sophisticated understanding of law and conflict resolution will make them more valuable in their current jobs -- or the next ones.

The Hamline MSL is offered in 2 concentrations, "Conflict Resolution" and "Healthcare Compliance," powered by 2 of Hamline Law's nationally renowned centers of excellence -- the Dispute Resolution Institute and the Health Law Institute. Students take regular law school courses alongside full-time law students. And they can complete the degree in 12 months.

The Hamline MSL Provides

- Immersion in the "culture of law" (thinking like a lawyer) that will make students superb and sophisticated consumers of legal advice and information.

- Education about how law and legal process work in general; understanding of how laws are made and policies implemented.

- Tools to evaluate legal authority and how to apply it in diverse factual situations.

- Perspective on the legal implications of workplace decisions.

- Rigorous training in writing clearly and analytically.

- Basic legal research tools.

- Mastery of conflict resolution theory and practical skills, including negotiation and creative problem-solving.

The last bullet point is a feature that makes the Hamline MSL unique among comparable US programs.

Ranked 4th in the nation in dispute resolution ("America's Best Graduate Schools: US News & World Report" 2014 edition), Hamline has long recognized that evolution in conflict resolution management is critical. With 2 decades of experience teaching law students together with other professionals in the Dispute Resolution Institute January term, summer institutes, and study abroad programs, a key goal of the curriculum is producing conflict interveners who can deliver real value to employers through their ability to creatively anticipate and solve complex problems.

Hamline University School of Law

Small classes, top-ranked professors, and a spirit of collaboration distinguish Hamline Law, where students are challenged to become competent, professional, and ethical lawyers with a global perspective. Hamline Law is located on the main university campus, and is home to nationally recognized institutes, ranking 3rd in "Alternative Dispute Resolution" and in the top 20 for "Health Law" programs.

At Hamline Law, faculty members understand that today more than ever, meaningful experience needs to be the core of any legal education, which is why Hamline integrates skill training and work experience throughout every facet of the curriculum. Hamline is also committed to developing compelling new ways to instruct and connect our students, which is why Hamline was recently named one of the nation's most innovative law schools by "National Jurist."

Hamline University, established in 1854, is the oldest university in the state of Minnesota and attracts a diverse group of 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students who develop their passions working alongside professors invested in their success. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, Hamline students develop an ethic of inclusive leadership and service, civic responsibility, and social justice. Hamline is the top-ranked university in Minnesota in its class according to "US News & World Report," and the only Minnesota school in its class to be considered a "best value."

Location & Contact

School of Law

Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104-1284
United States

Jean Holloway


Phone: 651-523-2968
Fax: 651-523-2435

Emily Dunsworth

Director of Admissions

Phone: 800-388-3688
Fax: 651-523-3064

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Juris Doctor (JD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Fine Arts (JD/MFA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Library and Information Science (JD/MLIS)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (JD/MANM)
      Master of Laws (LL M)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (JD/MAOL)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Public Administration (JD/MAPA)
      Master in the Study of Law (MSL)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees 110
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 690
    • Accepted 433
    • Acceptance Rate 62
    • Enrolled 88
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st August 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT, GRE or LSAT, 2 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesLSAT, 2 letters of recommendation
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students439
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students439
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Full-time Percentage70%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian81%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty67
    • Full-time Percentage49%
    • Part-time Percentage51%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAlternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, health law/bio ethic, business law, ethics/public law
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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