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    Jun 22, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Law School Early Admission Minor

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Law School Early Admission (3-3) Program

Students seeking law school early admission through a department other than Legal Studies must complete the LSEA minor along with the program requirements of the department in which they major. Majors which can be combined with the LSEA Minor include:  business (BBA), communications studies, criminal justice, economics, English, finance, history, management, marketing, philosophy, psychology, political science, sociology, and women’s studies. To complete the 3-3 program with a Legal Studies Major, refer to the LGST-LSEA major section in this bulletin.

Students wishing to pursue a 3-3 track should meet with a Legal Studies professor upon entrance to Hamline for assistance in planning their coursework. Please also contact the chair of the department in which you would like to major for more information. If you decide part way through your studies that the 3-3 track is no longer right for you, then simply continue on with your studies and graduate in four years.


Minor Requirements

Candidates for early admission to the Mitchell Hamline School of Law through the LSEA (3-3) track with a major other than Legal Studies must:

  • Declare their candidacy by declaring the LSEA minor as early as possible.
  • Contact the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Admissions Office to discuss the profile recommended for admission.
  • Complete the four required LSEA minor courses by the end of their junior year, and complete required first-year contracts by the end of their first year in law school.
  • Fulfill the Hamline plan requirements, complete 100 semester credits, breadth of study requirements, and all major requirements by the end of their junior year.
  • Apply to graduate by December of their junior year.
  • Register for and complete the LSAT during their junior year. Materials and scholarship applications are available on line and at the law school.
  • Apply for admission to the Mitchell Hamline School of Law by March of their junior year with acceptance in the fall class.
  • Complete and transfer back to the College of Liberal Arts 28 credits of first-year law school work with grades of C- or better to earn their bachelor’s degree.

Specific required courses

Early admissions candidates must complete these four minor classes by the end of their junior year:

By the end of the first year at Mitchell Hamline School of Law:

  • Required first-year contracts course


The LSEA (3-3) minor is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals and is not approved by the American Bar Association.

Participation in the 3-3 program does not guarantee you law school admission; students must take the LSAT and apply to and be accepted by the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Students who are not accepted into law school after three years can complete their undergraduate major and earn their bachelor’s degree in the usual four years. They may, of course, reapply to law school upon completion.

Once students enroll at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, they are no longer eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate student, including the presidential fellowship. However, they are eligible to apply for financial aid and scholarships through the law school.

Transfer Students:

Transfer students are eligible for the law school early admission (3-3) program. They must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) credits at Hamline toward their undergraduate major. In all other respects the law school early admission (3-3) program is identical for transfer students. Transfer students are encouraged to consult with a transfer advisor, a Legal Studies professor, and a professor in the department in which they plan to major before beginning at Hamline.

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