University of Minnesota Law School
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An expert in nonprofit law and corporate governance, Dean Jenkins provides strategic and academic leadership for the University of Minnesota Law School.
Located in the vibrant Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota Law School is one of the best places in the world to study law.
Walter F. Mondale Hall, the Law Schoolâ€™s home
Downtown Minneapolis is located only one mile away from the Law School.
Find your place here.
Welcome to the University of Minnesota Law School. Here, you will find a warm and dynamic community of students, world-class faculty, an inventive curriculum with abundant experiential opportunities, and a powerful global alumni network—all of which are ready to support your career choice.
Our top-notch academics blend theory and practice from day one through a
pioneering Law in Practice course, one of the country’s largest clinical education programs, and numerous concentrations. Our students bring home national moot court championships, publish groundbreaking research, influence public policy, and help win cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. And, importantly, these accomplishments come as part of a collaborative, close-knit, and engaged student body.
If you are ready to be challenged and supported—in a community like no
other—I urge you to apply to the University of Minnesota of Law School.
—Dean Garry W. Jenkins
University of Minnesota mascot “Goldy” outside Coffman Union Minnesota Law
puts Minnesota Law in the top 10 nationally for number of law clinics offered.
receive pro bono assistance each year through Law School clinics.
At the Minneapolis offices of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, students observed attorneys rehearsing for a U.S. Supreme Court case.
Law in Practice, the first course of its kind in the United States, combines classroom teaching with simulation experiences to build the understanding and professional skills needed to practice law.
Structured Study Groups First-year students get help in key subject areas from successful upperdivision students.
Learn by doing.
Students in the James H. Binger Center for New Americans’ Immigration Law Clinic helped win the landmark Mellouli v. Holder case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is no substitute for experience—the kind you get working with real clients on real-world problems. Here, you can join research projects that are changing housing and criminal sentencing law and policy across the country. You can work directly with organizations seeking legal advice on environmental issues, learn how to establish patents in one of the leading jurisdictions for patent cases, or change the lives of immigrants by working with the James H. Binger Center for New Americans on cases argued before the U.S. Supreme and District Courts.
With one of the nation’s largest and most distinguished clinical education programs,
cutting-edge research centers, capstone courses focused on real-world issues, and extensive legal practice skills courses, you will be prepared for your professional journey. And in a community that boasts the nation’s highest per capita numbers of Fortune 500 and 1,000 companies—as well as state, federal and specialty courts, such as immigration and bankruptcy courts—you’ll find corporate externships and judicial clerkships are readily available.
Seeking and achieving justice for vulnerable, deserving clients through the Detainee Rights Clinic cemented my decision to pursue a career as a litigator. In my position in the Intellectual Property Litigation group at Robins Kaplan, I continue to draw upon the lessons I learned from the top-notch Binger Center for New Americans professors and staff. Rajin Olson (’16), Associate, Robins Kaplan LLP, Minneapolis, MN
Professor Amy Monahan was named to a National Academy of Medicine committee charged with determining essential health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
The exceptional faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School bring real-world experience, practice, and leading research into the classroom.
Professor William McGeveran testified against the PRINCE bill at a hearing of the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee.
Study with exceptional faculty who have real-world experience.
Professor Francis X. Shen works across the University on issues at the intersection of law and the brain sciences.
Dynamic and engaged, the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School are both brilliant scholars and committed teachers. They are leading national efforts to reform life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, challenging housing policies that exacerbate social and economic disparities, and researching the intersection of law and brain sciences in relation to criminal, education, and intellectual property issues.
Our distinguished faculty will challenge you in a rigorous classroom setting and
help you succeed along your chosen path. As part of a Big 10 university, they regularly collaborate with other colleges across the institution, providing you with important interdisciplinary perspectives and opportunities.
Legal Writing Class Size in First Year
Professor Fionnuala NĂ AolĂĄin was appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council as the U.N.â€™s Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism.
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Light rail connects the Law School with downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the airport, and the Mall of America.
The Twin Cities offer the #1 rated park system* in the country, as well as hundreds of miles of trails, an amazing chain of lakes, the great Mississippi River, charming neighborhoods, and a booming food culture. *Source: 2017 Trust for Public Landâ€™s ParkScore Index
Nice Ride, the bike sharing system, is a popular way to get around the Twin Cities.
Live in one of the most vibrant, beautiful metropolitan areas in the nation.
A summer evening on Lake Harriet, one of 20 lakes and wetlands in the city of Minneapolis, and one of 11,842 lakes in Minnesota.
The largest theater community outside New York and a flourishing music scene.
Itâ€™s no wonder the Twin Cities area is consistently ranked one of the most livable communities in the world. Add to that the rare combination of district, state, and federal courts, the state capitol, and a thriving legal community, and you have one of the best places in the world to witness and participate in law in action.
TCF Bank Stadium, home of Minnesota Gopher football. Local professional teams include the Twins (MLB), Vikings (NFL), Timberwolves (NBA), Lynx (WNBA), and Wild (NHL).
Fortune 500 Companies Minnesota is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies, including 3M, Boston Scientific, UnitedHealth Group, and Target.
Class of 2020
196 100 16 J.D. Students
Civility, cooperation, and support define the University of Minnesota Law School. Our faculty are some of the most accomplished scholars in the world and are available to provide mentoring to help you succeed.
200+ Joint and Dual Degree Options 10
Join an extraordinarily collegial community.
Small groups in the unique Law in Practice course build vital collaboration and problemsolving skills.
Ask our students what makes this law school truly special and youâ€™ll hear over and over: the collegial environment. Our faculty demonstrate it; our students live it; our alumni swear by it.
The culture, while rigorous and challenging, is cooperative, emphasizing teamwork,
problem solving, leadership, and persuasionâ€”skills that are essential beyond law school for any field of employment you choose.
A key component of our culture is public service. Our students embrace it, and our
community benefits from it. The majority of our students perform more than 50 hours of voluntary, law-related public service through participation in clinics, the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and numerous student organizations.
The main reason I decided to come to the University of Minnesota was the collegial nature of the school. The faculty and staff care deeply about your ability to succeed. The students care deeply about maintaining a collegial culture and we work together to make sure that our experience is positive. Veena Tripathi (â€˜19), President of the Student Intellectual Law Association
2016 graduates are now practicing in more than 25 states and Washington, D.C.
27 Law School students participated in commencement in the beautifully restored Northrop Auditorium.
Our Career Center coordinates off-campus interview programs in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco, and on-campus programs with employers from across the U.S.
Class of 2016 Employment Categories*
*Employment statistics 10 months after graduation as reported to the ABA. Percentages rounded up or down to create whole numbers.
Prepare for a successful future.
One-to-one career counseling begins at the top of your first year, with specialized, consistent counseling for all three years.
From day one, your future is our focus. Committed to your professional success, our experienced Career Center team will help you develop the skills and connections you need to find positions of your choice throughout the world. Expert, personalized counseling helps you create an effective resume and prepare for interviews, as well as introduces you to numerous career options.
We offer a dedicated employer relations team, focused public interest and clerkship
support, and lifetime alumni career counseling and professional development resources. In addition, our distinguished alumni stand ready to mentor and provide you with real-world perspectives and connections.
The Career Center at the Law School played an invaluable role in helping me to realize my goal of working in Washington, D.C., by facilitating connections with alumni, offering key insight about the D.C. legal market, and identifying ways to refine my job-seeking strategy every step of the way.â€? Emily Harrison (â€™16), Associate, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Washington, D.C.
Concentrations Business Law Civil Litigation Criminal Justice Environmental & Energy Law Family Law Health Law & Bioethics Human Rights Law Immigration Law Intellectual Property & Technology Law International Law Labor & Employment Law
Two courtrooms are used for moot court competitions, trial practice, and teleconferences with professionals in the field.
Students learn the techniques and processes of real lawyers through six moot courts taught by full-time clinical faculty members, practicing attorneys, andÂ judges.
Semester Abroad Options Barcelona Berlin Dublin Hamburg Lyon Uppsala University, Sweden
Milan Montevideo Rio de Janeiro Tilburg Uppsala
Advance your career options.
With state and federal courts near campus, students have the opportunity to hear personal accounts of legal careers and take courses taught by judges.
Today’s marketplace demands that you enter with a competitive edge. You’ll gain that edge here by focusing your interests and passions through career-enhancing opportunities. You’ll benefit from one of the country’s leading legal writing programs, with small, personalized classes in your first year.
You will have options to write for one of our award-winning journals, compete in
one of our six moot courts, earn a combined degree, study abroad, or choose from 11 concentrations. Through nine internationally recognized research institutes, you can
explore pressing scholarly and community issues and address challenges with real-world legal implications.
When I first heard about the Minnesota Law Public Interest Residency Program, I thought it was too good to be true. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving the community, and was a springboard for my long-term career in public interest work. Alexandra Holznecht (’17), Child Protection Law Clerk at Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis, MN
Class of 2020
63% 24 29 52%
From Outside of Minnesota
States Represented + Washington, D.C.
Students socialize and study in the courtyard of Mondale Hall.
More than 40 student organizations enhance your experience and provide ways to recharge from the rigors of academics.
Class of 2020
Students of Color
The Fighting Mondales hockey club
Become a member of a talented, diverse, and engaged student body.
A scene from the annual Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) production.
Our students hail from every part of the United States and numerous countries. First-year sections and small upper-division classes promote personal and professional connections that extend over a lifetime.
You also will find myriad opportunities for deeper engagement, service, and play
among our 40 student organizations. Whether you want to join the Fighting Mondales hockey team, assist with asylum cases, show off your theatrical skills in TORT (Theatre of the Relatively Talentless), or join an organization focused on an area related to your legal interests, youâ€™ll find a fit here.
The Law School offered me a multitude of new experiences that helped diversify the way I think. From the assortment of practical clinics to the abundance of student organizations, Minnesota students become better thinkers and world-class lawyers. Royce Egeolu (â€™17), Associate, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Houston, TX
250+ Alumni are sitting State and Federal Judges
With a high rate of judicial clerkship placement after graduation, our recent graduates have clerked at courts of all levels around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Our alumni include a former U.S. vice president, the CEO of Marriott International, Minnesota Supreme Court justices, representatives at the U.S. Congress, and leaders of major nonprofit organizations.
Class of 2016 is practicing in 27 states and Washington, D.C.
Top Markets for 2016 Graduates • • • • • •
California Illinois Minnesota New York Washington, D.C. Wisconsin
13,000+ alumni living in 50 states and 70 countries
Connect to a powerful alumni network.
Distinguished, successful alumni worldwide stand ready to support your education and career search. They hold leadership positions at large law firms, small boutique firms, corporate legal departments, public interest organizations, and in the local, state, and federal judicial systems.
Many alumni serve as adjunct professors, bringing their legal experience and
expertise into the classroom. They also help advance your skills and confidence by serving as mock interviewers and competition judges.
In law school, I developed the critical thinking skills to evaluate legal arguments before the Honorable Diana E. Murphy (â€™74). Our alumni network also has been instrumental to my legal career. Jake Vandelist (â€™15), U.S. Court of Appeals Clerk
This is a representative sample and subject to change. Courses listed have been offered at least once in the past three years. Bold listings are clinics.
BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE LAW
1L Required Classes (32 credits)
Upper Level Requirements (approx. 18 credits)
Advanced Corporate Law Advanced Real Estate Transactions Antitrust Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Clinic Building Effective Legal Arguments: Fiduciary Controversy Business Associations/Corporations Business Finance, Accounting, and Strategy for Lawyers Business Law Clinic Business Law Concentration Comparative Antitrust Law Comparative Theories of Ownership Complex and Cross-Cultural Negotiations Construction Law Consumer Protection Clinic Contract Drafting Contracts Cooperatives and Collective Entrepreneurship: Law, Policy, and Practice Corporate Bankruptcy Corporate Counsel Corporate Externship Corporate Tax Corporations Creditor’s Remedies/Secured Transactions Employee Benefits Energy Law Energy Project Development and Finance Essentials of Business for Lawyers Estate Planning Federal Reserve System—Legal and Policy Perspectives Federal Securities Regulation Federal Tax Procedure Financial Regulation Food and Drug Law Information Governance Insurance Insurance Law Clinic Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice International Business Operations and Negotiations International Business Transactions International Contracts International Tax International Trade Investment Banking Investment Management Law
• Civil Procedure • Constitutional Law • Contracts • Criminal Law • Law in Practice • Legal Research & Writing • Property • Torts • 1L Elective
• Constitutional Law (Rights) • Professional Responsibility • Journal or Moot Court • Other writing (seminar, independent research, etc.) • Experiential learning (6 credits, includes Law in Practice, clinics, etc.) • Legislation/Regulation
Law and Economics Workshop Law Firm Practice and Management Legal Malpractice Mergers and Acquisitions Nonprofit Law Partnership Taxation Principles of Corporate Governance: The Role and Responsibilities of the Corporate Board Products Liability Professional Responsibility—Business Professional Responsibility - Legal Malpractice Public Choice and Regulations Racketeering and the RICO Act: Criminal & Civil Liability Real Estate Transactions Ronald M. Mankoff Tax Clinic Sales Securities Litigation Social Enterprises Tax I Unincorporated Business Associations White Collar/Corporate Crime
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Civil Procedure II Civil Rights: Citizenship and Human Rights Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Constitutional Law Constitutional Law—Civil Rights and Liberties Survey Constitutional Law—Fourteenth Amendment Constitutional Law—Theories of Freedom of Expression Contemporary Issues Facing Courts Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press
Criminal Procedure Criminal Process: From Bail to Jail Election Law Equal Protection and Civil Rights Federal Jurisdiction Federalism, the Intersection of Law and History First Amendment—Speech and Religion Government Secrecy Great Cases Habeas Corpus Human Trafficking Human Trafficking Externship Law, Race & Social Psychology Magna Carta and the Evolution of Anglo-American Law Reproductive Rights Sex Discrimination State Constitutional Law Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspectives Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition Team U.S. Citizenship: A Legal History
CRIMINAL LAW Advanced Criminal Procedure Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Comparative Criminal Procedure Complex Criminal Investigations Criminal Defense Clinic Criminal Law Criminal Law and Literature: Examining Criminal Practice & Theory through Didactic Fiction Criminal Procedure Criminal Process: From Bail to Jail Death Penalty Detainee Rights Clinic
Federal Defense Clinic Habeas Corpus Human Trafficking Human Trafficking Externship Innocence Project Clinic International Criminal Law International Criminal Prosecution Juvenile Justice Law and Neuroscience Misdemeanor Prosecution Clinic National Security Cases in Federal Court Philosophy of Punishment Seminar Professional Responsibility— Criminal Law Ethics Racketeering and the RICO Act: Criminal & Civil Liability Sentencing Advocacy Trial Practice White Collar/Corporate Crime Wrongful Convictions
DISPUTE RESOLUTION Civil Litigation: Case Development and Discovery Conflict of Laws Conflict Resolution Creative Legal Reasoning Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Evidence Federal Jurisdiction Federal Tax Procedure Immigration Law Litigation Finance Patent Prosecution Practice Pretrial Skills Professional Responsibility Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition Team Trial Practice
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW Advanced Topics in Labor & Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace Disability in the Workplace Employee Benefits Employment Discrimination Employment and Family-Based Immigration Law Employment Law Human Trafficking Immigration Law Labor & Employment Law Capstone
Labor Law Sex Discrimination Workers’ Rights Clinic
ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY LAW Administrative Law Advanced Administrative Law Agriculture & the Environment Energy Law Energy Project Development and Finance Environmental Law Environment & Energy Law Clinic Food and Drug Law International Environmental Law Land Use Planning Products Liability Public Lands and Natural Resources Real Estate Transactions Sports Concussions and the Law: Neuroscience and Liability Water Law
FAMILY LAW Assisted Reproduction & the Family Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Community Mediation Clinic Education Law & Policy Employment and Family-Based Immigration Law Estate Planning Family Law Family Law Clinic Genetics and Assisted Reproduction: Law and Ethics Indian Child Welfare Clinic Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating Juvenile Justice Poverty Law Reproductive Rights Wills & Trusts
HEALTH LAW & BIOETHICS Administrative Law Advanced Administrative Law Assisted Reproduction and the Family Biotechnology & Patent Law Community Legal Partnership for Health Clinic Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Disability in the Workplace
Emerging Sciences and Technologies: Law, Ethics, and Policy Employee Benefits Employment Discrimination Family Law Food and Drug Law Genetics and Assisted Reproduction: Law and Ethics Health Care Fraud and Abuse Health Law Insurance International Human Rights Law Law and Neuroscience Law, Biomedicine, and Bioethics LGBT Rights and the Law Nonprofit Law Regulating Personal Health Information Reproductive Rights Sports Concussions and the Law: Neuroscience and Liability Women’s International Human Rights
HUMAN RIGHTS & IMMIGRATION LAW Advanced Administrative Law Civil Rights: Citizenship and Human Rights Civil Rights Moot Court Comparative Criminal Procedure Death Penalty Employment and Family-Based Immigration Law Equal Protection and Civil Rights European Human Rights Law European Union Law Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic Feminist Legal Theory Seminar First Amendment—Speech Human Rights Advocacy Human Rights Law Field Placement Human Rights Litigation and International Legal Advocacy Clinic Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Immigration Law Immigration Law Field Placement Immigration Outreach and Education Externship—Center for New Americans Indian Law International and Foreign Legal Research International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law International Law International Moot Court and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Laws of War Poverty and Human Rights Punishing Corporations and Governments Refugee and Asylum Law Rule of Law Rule of Law Education Project Seminar Sentencing Advocacy Transitional Justice Women’s International Human Rights
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & TECHNOLOGY Advanced Patents Antitrust and Intellectual Property Biotechnology & Patent Law Copyright Cyber-Security: Spies, Lies, and Prying Eyes Data Compliance Practicum Data Privacy Law Digital Evidence e-Discovery Emerging Sciences and Technologies: Law, Ethics, and Policy First Amendment—Speech Food and Drug Law Genetics and Assisted Reproduction: Law and Ethics Information Governance Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic Intellectual Property and Technology Proseminar Intellectual Property Moot Court Intellectual Property Survey Intellectual Property Transactions International Business Operations and Negotiations International Intellectual Property Law and Neuroscience Law, Biomedicine, and Bioethics Patent Law Capstone: Innovation Patent Law Proseminar Patent Portfolio Management Patent Prosecution Practice I Patent Prosecution Practice II Patents Trademarks Unfair Competition Winning Patent Litigation
INTERNATIONAL LAW Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Immigration Law Immigration Law Field Placement International and Foreign Legal Research International Business Operations and Negotiations International Business Transactions International Commercial Arbitration International Contracts International Criminal Law International Environmental Law International Human Rights Law International Intellectual Property International Law International Law Workshop International Moot Court and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition International Tax International Trade Law of International Organizations Law of Piracy, Security & Maritime Spaces Laws of War Rule of Law Rule of Law Education Project Seminar Transitional Justice Women’s International Human Rights
PUBLIC LAW Administrative Law Advanced Administrative Law Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Civil Practice Clinic Civil Rights and Social Justice Capstone Civil Rights: Citizenship and Human Rights Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Civil Rights Enforcement Clinic Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press Cooperatives and Collective Entrepreneurship: Law, Policy, and Practice Disability in the Workplace Education Law & Policy
Election Law Federal Jurisdiction Federalism, the Intersection of Law and History Gaming Law Health Care Fraud and Abuse Health Law Housing Law Clinic Indian Law Information Access Practicum Introduction to American Law Law, Biomedicine, and Bioethics Law of Piracy, Security & Maritime Spaces Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice Legislative Process Local Government Military Law and Advocacy Minnesota Law Public Interest Residency Externship Politics of Legal Policy Poverty Law I Poverty Law II Professional Responsibility— Government Public Choice and Regulations Public Law Workshop Rule of Law Rule of Law Education Project Seminar Sentencing Advocacy Smart Growth State Constitutional Law Statutory Interpretation Street Law Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspectives Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition Team
TAX LAW Business Finance, Accounting, and Strategy for Lawyers Corporate Tax Employee Benefits Essentials of Business for Lawyers Estate Planning Federal Tax Procedure International Tax Nonprofit Law Partnership Taxation Practical Estate Planning Ronald M. Mankoff Tax Clinic Tax I Wills and Trusts
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