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Diverse and Qualified Students

The University of Minnesota offers a full-time J.D. degree program, starting in late August each year. We seek outstanding applicants who will thrive in our academically rigorous yet personally supportive environment. Because the number of applicants to the Law School far exceeds the number of places in the class, the admissions process is highly selective.

Preparation for Law Study

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission to the Law School, but no special pre-law college program is prescribed. Our principal concern is that students have a college education of considerable breadth and depth, are prepared for rigorous academic work and have learned effective communication skills.

Admissions Criteria

The Admissions Committee is composed of Law School faculty and is dedicated to an objective, sensitive and efficient application review process.

The Committee will carefully analyze every applicant’s undergraduate record, including upward and downward trends in the grade point average and the difficulty of the courses taken.

The Committee will consider a variety of factors, such as work experience, career goals, extracurricular activities, ability in languages other than English, positions of leadership, community or public service, interest in interdisciplinary study, graduate school experience, racial and ethnic background, unusual life experiences, disability and economic disadvantage. The Committee also may consider factors that contribute to greater diversity in the student body, including but not limited to those set out in the University Equal Opportunity Policy.

The Law School was established in 1888 as a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.


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