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Academic Life

From orientation to commencement, academic life at the University of Minnesota Law School goes well beyond the legal fundamentals. Learning thrives in the classroom but also extends to hands-on volunteer and clinical experiences, rigorous legal writing and advocacy training, journals and moot court opportunities, and a fascinating range of lectures, debates, and panel discussions on timely legal topics.

The Law School’s place within the world-class University of Minnesota affords students with opportunities to bridge interdisciplinary boundaries through a joint or dual degree program. Or, students can hone their expertise through a concentration in Business Law, Criminal Justice, Environmental and Energy Law, Health Law and Bioethics, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, International Law, and Labor and Employment Law.

No matter what a student’s goals are in earning a law degree, the Law School’s academic life is designed to help graduates not only think like lawyers, but also successfully perform the roles of lawyers.

Student Services Questions?

Many common questions can be answered by reviewing information available on the Current Students website - especially the Law School Academic Rules and the Policies and Procedures page.

Appointment Request Information

If you are unable to locate the answer to your question, staff members in the Registrar's Office and in the Assistant Dean of Students Office are happy to meet with students by appointment.

If you would like to meet, or to request information/answers via email, please send an email from your UMN email account, and include your name, contact information, availability, and specific reason for meeting request.

You may email LawReg@umn.edu (e.g., student records, registration, bar certification), LawDos@umn.edu (e.g., accommodations, dual degree advising, domestic study away), LawCurr@umn.edu (e.g., course scheduling and curriculum questions), or LawSP@umn.edu (e.g., student programs, event grants, student organizations).

If you need help on a personal matter, please visit the University resources listed at http://www.mentalhealth.umn.edu/, or at the Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers website at www.mnlcl.org.