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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 and graduate students may directly register for Lawyers in Film, 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.


New This Year: Lawyers in Film, LAW6111

"Lawyers in Film" leverages Professor Stephen Cribari's background as a lawyer and as a published playwright and screenplay writer. This course examines the influence Hollywood has had on how society perceives lawyers, the legal profession, and the ethical standards of the legal profession. Students will critically evaluate popular media, identify and evaluate ethical issues, and gain an increased understanding of the role in society played by lawyers and the legal system. In addition to viewing a variety of films and television programs, discussing them in class, and engaging in small group work, students will conduct research and write a paper on a law and/or ethics topic depicted in film and television programs. Offered Spring 2014, Tuesdays at 4:05-6:00 p.m.


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 on Spring 2014 courses 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
Jurisprudence - #6615
Labor Law - #6203
Laws of War - #6889
Politics of Legal Policy - #6874
Wrongful Convictions - #6025


Other Spring 2014 Courses

Administrative Law - #6606
Advanced Criminal Investigations - #6712
Agriculture & the Environment Seminar - #6709
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) - #6833
American Indian History Seminar - #6838
Antitrust - #6207
Biotechnology and the Law - #6854
Biotechnology & Patent Law Seminar - #6949
China Law Seminar - #6890
Comparative Criminal Procedure Seminar - #6892
Comparative Legal Professions - #6713
Contract Drafting Seminar - #6837
Creative Legal Analysis (Learning the Law by Avoiding it in the Process) - #6888
Creditor's Remedies/Secured Transactions - #6109
Current Issues in Environmental & Energy Law Seminar - #6885
Digital Evidence Seminar - #6876
Disability in the Workplace - #6625
Energy Law - #6062
European Human Rights Seminar - #6636
Federal and State Courts - #6120
Federal Securities Regulation - #6211
Genetics and Assisted Reproduction: Law and Ethics Seminar - #6824
Health Law - #6605
Immigration Law - #6872
Insurance - #6214
International Contracts Seminar - #6800
International Criminal Law - #6648
International Environmental Law Seminar - #6400
International Tax - #6627
International Trade - #6619
Internet - #6639
Investigating and Trying National Security Cases in Federal Court Seminar - #6711
Jurisprudence - #6615
Labor Law - #6203
Laws of War - #6889
Lawyers in Film - #6111
Legislative Process Seminar - #6822
Partnership Taxation - #6114
Winning Patent Litigation - #6225
Patents - #6224
Philosophy of Punishment Seminar - #6846
Politics of Legal Policy - #6874
Privacy Seminar - #6103
Professional Responsibility - #6600
Real Estate Transactions (formerly Modern Real Estate) - #6213
Reproductive Rights - #6036
Sales - #6052
Securities Litigation - #6217
Street Law Seminar - #6808
Tax I - #6100
Trademarks - #6608
Unfair Competition - #6610
White Collar/Corporate Crime Seminar - #6818
Women's International Human Rights Seminar - #6827
Wrongful Convictions - #6025

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