The University of Minnesota Law School's fundamental strength is the quality of the individuals who teach and learn here. The Law School's exceptional and accessible faculty sets the tone for a collegiate environment where respect and dedication to the highest academic standards are the foundation of a legal education.
The faculty prides itself on quality of teaching and accessibility to students, both inside and outside the classroom. The student-faculty ratio of 10.9:1 ensures a focused and personal legal education.
Our faculty ranks internationally among the most productive and influential in legal education. We've built this reputation through careful hiring and retention of leading scholars and established experts in a variety of fields. The faculty includes internationally recognized experts in areas such as antitrust, corporate law, environment, human rights, intellectual property, international law, criminal justice, legal history, law and economics, law and philosophy, and trusts and estates.
Our professors respect, support, and critically challenge one another's work, contributing to the creative scholarship and excellence in teaching for which the University of Minnesota is known. The rigorous standards by which the faculty judges its own scholarship are directly connected to the vitality of classroom instruction. Professors who are actively examining issues critical to the development of the law naturally bring the life of their inquiries into their teaching.
Our faculty members often are called upon for their expertise in state, federal, and international policy matters. Recent faculty activities include consultantships to the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the American Law Institute, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force for Gender Fairness in the Courts, and AIDS reduction projects.