ST. PAUL, Minn. – Starting this fall Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) can add one more item to his already lengthy resume – student. Beginning Aug. 16, Reinert will become a Hamline Law School student. In his ‘day job’ Reinert is a political science faculty member at Lake Superior College; he describes completing a law degree as an investment in his academic career.
“I am very interested in constitutional law, increasing the public’s civic skills, and helping folks better understand our role as a citizens. A law degree will not only be helpful in my public service, but it will also widen and deepen the scope of both what I teach and how I teach,” said Reinert.
While he spends plenty of time in the classroom, Reinert himself hasn’t been a student for 20 years. “I am excited, and anxious, and nervous,” he said. He will be taking a leave of absence from Lake Superior College this fall to ensure a successful start in his first semester of law school.
The JD program at Hamline is a Saturday and Sunday weekend program, and will take roughly four years to complete.
Sen. Reinert has shared publicly that his goal is not to become a lawyer or practice law, but rather use the law degree to advance his academic teaching career and enhance his ability to serve the public.