Legal Education Programs
As one of the country's top-ranked law schools, the University of Minnesota Law School offers a full-time J.D. degree program, respected for its inventive curriculum and unmatched clinical and experiential learning opportunities that equip students for the demands of the 21st century. The Law School has particular strengths in both faculty and coursework in the areas of business law, criminal justice, international law and law and the sciences.
"Dual" and "joint" degree programs enable students to tailor their education to suit future career goals. With joint degree options, students can pursue interdisciplinary study in cutting-edge health and life science fields. Dual degree options are offered in partnership with the Graduate School, the Carlson School of Management, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, among other University programs.
The University of Minnesota Law School LL.M. program provides foreign lawyers with a rigorous academic experience, exposing them to a broad array of legal skills and knowledge. The Law School recently expanded the program to include a Business Law LL.M.
The intersection of science, technology and patent law offers numerous career opportunities. The University of Minnesota Law School's Master of Science in Patent Law Program addresses these opportunities with a one-year professional master's degree program for scientists and engineers interested in pursuing a career in the field of patent law.
The University of Minnesota Law School embraces interdisciplinary learning and welcomes the diverse perspective brought to our classrooms by students pursuing degrees outside the legal profession. Many courses offered by the Law School are available to non-law students and can complement studies in other disciplines.
The Law School's Human Rights Center runs the Humphrey Fellowship Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered through the Institute of International Education. The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from selected developing nations to the United States for a year of professional development, academic study, and cultural exchange. Each year, a cohort of about a dozen Humphrey Fellows with professional interests in human rights, anti-trafficking and other fields of law is assigned to the University of Minnesota Law School.
This program at the Law School provides an opportunity for prospective students—especially historically underrepresented populations—to learn about the law school admissions process and prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
Each summer, high school students spend one week at the Law School practicing and improving their trial advocacy skills, while also getting a taste of life as a college student.
Visiting Scholars and Researchers Program
The University of Minnesota Law School's Visiting Scholars and Researchers Program provides an opportunity for faculty, jurists, government officials, senior practitioners and Ph.D. or post-doc students to conduct research within the field of law. The University of Minnesota Law School has excellent facilities for research, including one of the U.S.A.'s largest law libraries with over 1 million volumes and volume equivalents. The Program is open to applicants from the United States and other countries. Download the application here.