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Graduate and Undergraduate Students:

Take Classes at the Law School

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. Whether you want to incorporate a legal perspective into your current studies or are exploring the possibility of pursuing a law degree in the future, taking a law school course can be an enriching experience. And if you are a graduate or professional student, you are additionally welcome to pursue a Law Minor.


How to Enroll in a Law Course

Undergraduate students may directly register for Lawyers in Film, LAW3100. Graduate or Law students who would like to enroll in the course may directly register for LAW6111.

To enroll in other courses, complete the Non-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form and email it to lawreg@umn.edu. (Note: This is a PDF document. For best results, follow your browser's steps for saving the file to your computer, then opening it in your PDF reader. Some browsers will open PDF documents, but will not save the information you enter into PDF forms.)


Additional Information

  • Course Availability: Law School courses, other than first-year courses (6001-6009) and experiential learning courses (7000-level), are generally open on a space available basis. Some courses may require individual approval by the faculty member teaching the course. All communication should be conducted through the Law School Registrar via the Non-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form.
  • Grading: In accordance with University policy, graduate students, undergraduate students, and law students who are in the same class may be held to different standards of academic performance and accomplishment.
  • Exams and Assignments: Non-law students must adhere to Law School policies on exams and assignments and must take exams according to the same schedule as law students. Exceptions are available only for extraordinary circumstances and may be granted only by the Law School Dean of Students.
  • Effect of Enrollment: Credit for law courses is not transferrable to the Juris Doctor or LL.M. programs at the University of Minnesota Law School and is not transferrable to most other law schools.


Minor in Law

Graduate and professional students are welcome to obtain a Law Minor. A law minor is available to both master's (M.A. and M.S.) and doctoral students and is individually tailored to academic interests. A master's minor requires 6 law credits; a doctoral minor requires 12 law credits. Law credits must be 6000-level. A student should declare his/her intention to earn a Minor in Law to the Law School by completing the Declaration of Law Minor form. Students must also work with the Graduate Student Services and Progress office to register their minor on the Graduate Degree plan. In order to petition for entry into Law School courses, students must submit the Non-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form to the Law School Office of the Registrar at lawreg@umn.edu.


Featured Courses

Following is a sampling of some of the courses that may be of interest to students outside of the Law School. For a more complete list of courses, see the next section below or go to the Alphabetical Course List or the Course Guide.

Advanced Criminal Investigations - #6712
Comparative Legal Professions - #6713
Creative Legal Analysis (Learning the Law by Avoiding it in the Process) - #6888
Energy Law - #6062
Health Law - #6605
International Criminal Law - #6648
Internet - #6639
Introduction to American Law - #3000
Jurisprudence - #6615
Labor Law - #6203
Laws of War - #6889
Politics of Legal Policy - #6874
Wrongful Convictions - #6025


Other 2014-2015 Courses

Administrative Law - #6606
Antitrust - #6207
Assisted Reproduction and the Family - #6060
Business Associations/Corporations I - #6051
Constitutional Law II - #6014
Contemporary Issues Facing Courts - #6883
Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press - #6030
Contract Drafting Seminar - #6837
Corporate Counsel - #6830
Corporate Tax - #6857
Creditor's Remedies/Secured Transactions - #6109
Current Issues in Environmental & Energy Law Seminar - #6885
Death Penalty - #6801
Economic Analysis of Law - #6644
Election Law - #6880
Emerging Sciences and Technologies: Law, Ethics and Policy - #6037
Employment Law - #6632
Environmental Law - #6215
Estate Planning - #6151
European Union Law - #6216
Family Law - #6604
Federal Jurisdiction - #6152
Federal Tax Procedure - #6106
Fiduciary Controversy - #6924
Food and Drug Law - #6402
Great Cases - #6039
Habeas Corpus - #6834
Humphrey Law Seminar - #6017
Immigration Law - #6872
Information Governance - #6705
Intellectual Property Survey - #6603
Intellectual Property Transactions - #6707
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar - #6911
International Criminal Law - #6648
International Human Rights Law - #6886
International Law - #6602
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiating - #6245
Introduction to American Law - #3000
Investment Banking - #6823
Juvenile Justice - #6226
Labor Law - #6203
Land Use Planning - #6201
Law and Neuroscience - #6063
Law of Cooperatives - #6807
Law, Race & Social Psychology - #6831
Law, Science & Technology - #6875
Law, Technology, Inequality & Opportunity - #6646
Lawyers in Film - #3100 or #6111
Mass Torts: What They Are and How to Solve Them - #6704
Negotiation - #6870
Nonprofit Law Seminar - #6873
Patent Prosecution Practice - #6231
Patents - #6224
Products Liability Seminar - #6227
Public Health Law and Ethics - #6633
Public Law Workshop - #6906
Punishing Corporations and Governments - #6706
Real Estate Transactions (formerly Modern Real Estate) - #6213
Remedies - #6200
Rule of Law Seminar - #6918
Sales - #6052
Sentencing Guidelines - #6894
Tax I - #6100
Unfair Competition - #6610
Unincorporated Business Associations - #6049
Water Law - #6126
Wills and Trusts - #6153
Wrongful Convictions - #6025

Please contact the Law School Registrar at lawreg@umn.edu with any questions.