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Among the 16 graduates in the Mitchell Hamline hybrid program were, from left, Courtland Martens, Vershawn Young, Yesenia Rivera, Rory Lamberton and Yoel Damas.  (Submitted photo)
Among the 16 graduates in the Mitchell Hamline hybrid program were, from left, Courtland Martens, Vershawn Young, Yesenia Rivera, Rory Lamberton and Yoel Damas. (Submitted photo)

Bar Buzz: First students graduate from hybrid program

Among the 46 graduates receiving their law degrees during Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s 2018 winter commencement Sunday, Jan. 7 were 16 who made history.

They are the first to complete Mitchell Hamline’s first-of-its-kind hybrid J.D. program, in which students earn a degree by studying both online and in-person.

The hybrid program broke new ground in legal education when it debuted in January 2015 as the nation’s first on-campus/online J.D. program at an ABA-approved law school. Students anywhere in the world could earn a degree through an approximately 50-50 split in which, every semester, they study online and also come to campus for one or two weeks of intense experiential learning. The graduates came from two classes, one that began in January 2015 and the other in September 2015. They studied on an accelerated path, allowing them to finish in two-and-a-half to three years instead of four.

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