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A Message from Dean David Wippman

Preparing Today's Students to be Tomorrow's Leaders


One of the country's top public law schools, the University of Minnesota Law School is a leader in preparing students to solve the complex social, economic and business issues of our time. Our exceptional faculty, innovative curriculum and unmatched clinical and experiential learning opportunities equip students for the demands of the 21st century.

We are distinguished by a rare collegial culture that emphasizes teamwork, problem solving, leadership and persuasion. Students learn to think analytically, to identify the core element of a complex problem and to develop real-world solutions—skills that are essential beyond law school for all fields of employment.

Our faculty includes some of the most accomplished and productive scholars in the world in business law; criminal justice; international law and human rights, and; law, science and technology. Passionate about their research and committed to integrating theory and practice in their teaching, faculty are demanding in the classroom but eager to mentor and readily available to help students succeed along their chosen path.

The Law School draws a talented, diverse student body from every part of the United States and numerous countries whose median LSAT score is in the top 10% nationwide and median GPA is 3.8. To assist with the cost of a high-quality legal education, a significant portion of our students receive financial support, and scholarship funding is the highest priority of our fundraising efforts.

We are focused on our students' futures with personalized career planning beginning in the first year. Our bar passage rate is among the highest in the nation, and our students have ready access to a network of dedicated alumni who occupy leading positions in law firms, business, government and the non-profit sector in every state and more than 50 countries around the globe.

The Law School benefits from being part of one of the largest research institutions in the world and is situated in vibrant and diverse Minneapolis/St. Paul, which annually ranks as one of the most affordable, livable and literate metropolitan areas in the country. With 19 Fortune 500 companies, federal and state courts, and the state capitol just minutes away, the University of Minnesota is located in one of the best places in the country to experience law in action.

We invite you to tour the University of Minnesota Law School—on this website or with a personal visit.

David Wippman
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law