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The University of Minnesota Law School offers concentrations in Business Law, Civil Litigation, 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, drawing from the expertise of our faculty and interdisciplinary partnerships with other University of Minnesota programs.

Concentrations build upon and complement the Law School's standard curriculum. Interested students are encouraged to confer early in their legal education with the faculty chair of a given concentration to discuss their intended course of study and how a concentration could enhance their career development.

Students should consult the Policy on Concentrations to see the requirements for completing a concentration, including the list of courses that are required, recommended, and eligible for each concentration, located in an appendix to the policy. Graduating students must file a Concentration Completion Memorandum with the concentration chair by the last day of October (for December graduation) or March (for May graduation).

General descriptions of the concentration programs and information about the opportunities for study, practical experience, and employment in each concentration can be found below:

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Criminal Justice

Environmental and Energy Law

Health Law and Bioethics

Human Rights Law

Intellectual Property and Technology Law

International Law

Labor and Employment Law

Steps to Formalize a Concentration


1.) Students who wish to pursue a concentration should identify the concentration as early as possible (usually during second year for J.D. students and the first semester for LL.M. students) and should contact the relevant faculty chair or designated staff to begin the advising process.

2.) When completing the Graduation Assessment (in third year for J.D. students or second semester for LL.M. students or equivalent), students should identify the concentration. The Law School registrar will forward a list of students to each faculty chair.

3.) Within two months of expected graduation (October for December J.D. grads and March for May J.D. and LL.M. grads) students must fill out the Concentration Completion Memorandum and then meet with the faculty chair or designated adviser to complete the paperwork. Bring transcript(s) for all concentration coursework to this meeting, especially if some coursework was taken outside of the Law School.

4.) Upon approval by the chair or advisor, students who have successfully completed a concentration will receive a certificate upon graduation and a notation on their law school transcript.