Admission Deadlines, Requirements and Statistics
Dates for applications to the 2015-2016 academic school year are as follows:
September 1, 2014 – J.D. applications become available
November 15, 2014 – Deadline for early decision applicants
January 1, 2015 – Transfer applications become available
April 1, 2015 – J.D. application deadline
May 8, 2015 – Transfer application deadline for those petitioning for journals
August 1, 2015 – Transfer application deadline (non-journal petitioning)
Detailed information on admissions requirements and the application process can be found at www.law.umn.edu/prospective/application.html. The application Web page also includes application information for foreign students and visiting students.
The United States Department of Education offers a search form at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx
No. However, approximately 70% of our entering classes have work experience before enrolling. The average length of work experience is 2-4 years.
5. Are deferrals granted if I'm accepted but want to attend a year later?
Deferrals are not routinely granted and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Admitted students may contact the Director of Admissions to request a deferral of up to one year.
6. What is the profile of your last entering class?
The most recent class profile data available can be found here:
No. No minimum score requirements or cut-off scores are used for the LSAT scores or GPA scores.
8. Will other test scores be accepted in lieu of the LSAT score?
No. Applicants must register with LSAC and have LSAT test scores sent (along with other admission requirements) in order to be considered for admission. This requirement is NOT waived for international applicants or international lawyers.
9. Can I take a course at the Law School if I'm not a currently enrolled student?
All students in Law School classes must be graduate level, degree-seeking students at either the Law School or another graduate school at the University of Minnesota. Enrollment for other students will be subject to availability and the approval of both the professor and the registrar.
International applicants, whose English is a second language, need to submit a current TOEFL or IELTS score to LSAC. (Please see LSAC instructions regarding reporting of these scores.) This requirement is waived if you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution. This requirement may also be waived if you received an undergraduate degree from an international institution for which English is the official language and submit documentation to that effect. This could be, for example, a letter from the Registrar of the institution. The Law School requires no minimum TOEFL score for admission. However, a score of 630 or higher on the pencil-and-paper test, a score of 267 or higher on the computer-based test, or a score of 109 or higher on the internet-based test is looked upon by the admissions committee positively. Earning these scores does not guarantee admission.
All applicants, regardless of international status, are considered for merit scholarships. Scholarships are based on admission applications and are awarded at the time of admission.
For complete financial aid information, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/tuition.html. For further financial aid assistance and information, please contact Jim Parker in the Office of Student Finance at 612-626-0750 or email@example.com.
Possibly; please contact the admissions office to discuss your specific situation and timing.
If you're admitted, the process to receive your I-20 begins when you make your seat deposit. After you make your seat deposit, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions, along with the necessary forms. The email will explain what you need to do to start the process; please read this email carefully. When the Admissions Office has received all of your necessary documents, they will process everything and send an I-20 request to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to have an I-20 generated and sent to you. This process can take 2-4 weeks after your documents are received by the Admissions Office.
For more information or for answers to specific questions related to individual circumstances, please refer to the ISSS website: http://isss.umn.edu/ProspectiveSt/default.html
Early Decision Program
1. Do you have an early decision program?
Yes. The application requirements, process, and review of early action applicants are identical to the regular admission process, except that a decision is guaranteed by December 1.
2. Is admission through early decision binding?
Yes. Applicants to the University of Minnesota's binding early decision program commit themselves to matriculating at Minnesota if admitted pursuant to the early decision program. An early decision applicant may apply to other law schools on a non-binding basis, but once admitted to the University of Minnesota as an early decision candidate, the applicant must notify the other programs and immediately withdraw all other law school applications. No new law school applications may be initiated. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants admitted to the University of Minnesota under the binding early decision program.
3. How do I ensure my application is included for early decision?
Complete the separate application titled, "First Year Admission Binding Early Decision Agreement."
Transfer and Visiting Students
1. How do I apply to transfer?
For the visiting student application procedure, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/transfer.html.
Only those students with an LL.M. degree from the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply as J.D. transfers. In order to apply to transfer into our J.D. program, an LL.M. student must complete the same procedure as other transfer students.
3. How do I apply to be a visiting student?
For the visiting student application procedure, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/transfer.html. Visiting students attend classes at Minnesota for up to one year and are not eligible for a J.D. degree from Minnesota.
No. There are no GPA, rank requirements or cut-off scores used in the admissions process.
5. How are transfer admission decisions made?
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 the entirety of every applicant's file. This includes a completed application, a personal statement and resume. A letter of good standing, official law school transcript and letter of recommendation from a law school professor should be sent directly to us (or LSAC) from the school/recommender. A completed LSDAS file of undergraduate work and test scores will also be evaluated. While decisions are made based on an overall assessment of all materials, the Admissions Committee is primarily concerned with an applicant's performance during the first year of law school.
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.
6. How many transfer students are admitted each fall?
The number of transfer students admitted each year varies.
7. Can transfer applicants petition for journals?
Yes. Please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/transfer.html for additional information. The difficulty or ease of petitioning tends to depend on the time one dedicates to the process and his or her comfort with the Bluebook. Applicants applying by the journal consideration deadline will be given two weeks for the petition process. All petitioners are evaluated blindly.
Transfer applicants have completed the equivalent of one year of full-time student at another law school.
A formal evaluation of credits is completed by student services after admission is offered. Typically, students transfer the equivalent of one year of full-time study. In order to receive a diploma from the University of Minnesota Law School, a transfer student must complete at least two thirds of his/her credits here.
10. How will my law school GPA be calculated?
The GPA from your current law school will not be factored into your GPA at the University of Minnesota Law School.
11. What are the scholarship opportunities for transfer students?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships to transfer students at this time.
12. Can transfer students participate in OCI?
The OCI process is the same for transfer students. Admitted transfer students who matriculate will work with our Career Center to participate in OCI as would any other rising 2L.
Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid
A complete list of current tuition and fees can be found by visiting http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/tuition.html.
No. Incoming students are required to provide their own laptops for taking exams. Incoming students should visit the following link for additional information on laptop recommended specifications: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/law-tech/students/rex.
Scholarships are based on the entirety of the application for admission.
4. How do I apply for scholarships and what are the criteria for scholarship awards?
All admitted students are reviewed for scholarship award at the time of acceptance. No separate application for scholarship is required.
Scholarships range from $5,000 to full-tuition waivers, good for each of a student's three years.
Applicants are encouraged to pursue scholarships outside of the Law School. A suggested directory is found at http://onestop.umn.edu/onestop/Financial_Aid/grants/searchservices.html
For complete financial aid information, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/tuition.html. For further financial aid information and assistance, please contact Jim Parker in the Office of Student Finance at 612-626-0750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) may be submitted after January 1, 2015. Admitted students will receive an estimate of their financial aid package around the time of admission. Final tuition rates for the 2015-2016 academic year will be determined in July and admitted students can expect to receive their final financial aid package by early-August.
For more information, please visit the Tuition and Aid page.
For information on private loans, please visit http://onestop.umn.edu/finances/financial_aid/loans/private/index.html.
Visiting, Interviewing, and Contacting the Law School
The University of Minnesota Law School welcomes visits by admitted and prospective students. Admitted students are encouraged to visit the Admitted Student Website or contact the Office of Admissions directly to schedule a visit, and all visitors are encouraged to make an appointment two weeks in advance of their visit.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions. Each session includes a presentation by a member of the admissions staff, a tour of the Law School guided by a current student, and an opportunity to sit in on a class (approximately 3 hours total).
To register for an information session, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/visit.html.
If you are unable to attend one of our information sessions, self-guided tours are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
No. An interview is not part of our admissions process and a visit with our admissions staff will have no bearing on your application. Applicants are encouraged, however, to visit the Law School so that they are able to make the best possible decision if admitted.
3. Can I contact a current student?
Yes. Current students are often present for information sessions. If you would like to contact a current student in order to inquire about the student's experiences at the Law School, please email your request to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com and we will ask a student to contact you.
For a complete list of fairs and undergraduate institutions Law School Admissions staff will be visiting, please see our recruiting calendar at http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/recruiting.html.
Residency and Reciprocity
All residency decisions are made by the University of Minnesota Residency Office, not the Law School. Although all residency requests are reviewed by the Residency Office on a case-by-case basis, factors that have been known to help establish residency include:
- Employment and paying taxes in Minnesota
- Owning a home in Minnesota
- A Minnesota driver's license
- Having a spouse or partner also living and working in Minnesota
For questions regarding residency, please contact Kay Anderson in the UMN Residency Office at 612-625-6330 or
Resident tuition is offered to qualifying residents of South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba. For questions about reciprocity, the student's home state makes the reciprocity determination.
Degrees, Curriculum, Institutes, Journals, Moot Courts, Library, Clinics, and International Programs
In addition to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, the Law School offers a Masters of Law for foreign lawyers (LL.M.) degree for lawyers outside the United States of America.
Also, numerous dual and joint degrees are offered including:
J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.A., J.D./M.A., J.D./M.P.P., J.D./M.B.S., J.D./M.B.T., J.D./M.U.R.P., J.D./M.S., J.D./Ph.D., J.D./M.D., J.D./M.P.H., and J.D./M.H.A.
For information on graduate and professional degrees that are offered at the University of Minnesota and can be pursued concurrently with a J.D., please visit http://www.grad.umn.edu.
For complete curriculum and degree requirements, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/curriculum.html.
For journal information, please visit: http://law.umn.edu/institutesjournals/index.html.
For research institute information, please visit: http://law.umn.edu/institutesjournals/index.html.
For moot court information, please visit: http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/practicalskills.html.
Yes. Law students may take up to 6 credits at the graduate level outside of the Law School. An exception to this rule is foreign languages, where law students can take up to 3 credits in introductory level classes with approval by the Dean of Students if they have taken no prior classes in that language.
5. What international study program opportunities are available?
The University of Minnesota Law School offers a wide selection of semester exchange programs, and maintains study-exchange relationships with at least nine foreign universities. Students can also study abroad through other ABA-accredited law school programs if approved by the Dean of Students. Please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/study-abroad.html for more information.
The University of Minnesota Law Library is one of the largest law libraries in the United States. Students have access to the Law Library 24 hours per day. Please visit http://library.law.umn.edu/ for more information.
The University of Minnesota Law School boasts one of the largest and most admired clinical programs of any law school in the country. After completing first-year courses, students at the Law School are permitted to represent clients under the State of Minnesota's Student Practice Rule. Supervision is provided by our experienced clinical faculty. Please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/clinics.html for an extensive list of our clinics and their features.
Legal concentrations are offered in a wide range of topics, including Business Law, Health Law and Bioethics, Human Rights Law, and the newly added Intellectual Property and Technology Law. For a complete list and more information on the concentrations areas offered, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/current/concentrations.html.
Yes. The University of Minnesota Law School offers a limited selection of summer classes each year. The maximum course load for the summer is 8 credits. See our Web site at http://www.law.umn.edu/news/summer_session_2013.html for a course schedule and more information.
No. We have only a full-time day program. Limited classes (some offered at night) are also available during the summer.
Housing, Student Life, and Student Activities
Very limited on-campus housing is available for law students. Please see the information for graduate student housing located at http://www.housing.umn.edu/graduate/index.html.
For descriptions of the various Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods surrounding the campus, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/housing.html
Admitted students will receive a housing guide with detailed housing information and contact information for many local apartments and other housing options.
The average age of entering students at the Law School is 25.
3. Please tell me about student life at the Law School.
For an overview of life in the Twin Cities, student organizations, and other student opportunities, please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/studentlife.html.
Faculty, Careers, and Accreditation
Please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/faculty/index.html for profiles on our faculty, as well as a searchable list by areas of expertise.
The University of Minnesota Law School Career Center is available to admitted students, current students and alumni. It is a full-service center, providing all the tools necessary for career development.
Some highlights of the Career Center:
- Through both fall and spring on-campus interview programs, students have access to local, regional, national, and international law firms, corporations, public agencies, and judicial clerkships.
- The Career Center sponsors a mentor program, linking first-year students with graduates in Minnesota and around the country.
- Graduates of Minnesota serve their clients, employers, and communities in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world.
- The Career Center has extensive recruiting programs involving employers from all 50 states and around the world who participate in on-campus interviewing, job fairs, and professional affiliations.
- The Career Center sponsors more than 60 career seminars each year to assist students with career planning and implementation of job searches.
- The office also maintains its own library that contains a wide variety of materials to aid students in developing their career plans.
- Employment statistics of recent graduates are available upon request to the Career Center.
For more information and contact details, please visit the Career Center Web site at http://www.law.umn.edu/careers/index.html
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. For additional information about the Law School's accreditation, please visit the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the ABA at http://www.abanet.org/legaled/.
You may also contact the Council at:
Office of the Consultant on Legal Education /
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 988-6738
Fax: (312) 988-5681
Minnesota Law Early Admissions Program (MLEAP)
The Admissions Committee considers all applicants on a holistic assessment of the entire application and required materials. Primary consideration is given to students in the University honors program with a GPA of 3.75 or above, while the committee also considers a variety of secondary or "soft" factors (personal statement, résumé, letters of recommendation, etc.). For the most recent profile information please visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/profile.html. For more information on MLEAP, visit http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/mleap.html.
Through this program, eager applicants whose first choice for law school is the University of Minnesota, receive a priority decision by August 15 (a full one year in advance of matriculation). Applicants are also spared the cost of LSAT preparation and administration. Admitted students through MLEAP will be required to upgrade their LSAC accounts to include the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) which comes with a fee (approximately $155).
3. What are the minimum ACT/SAT scores or GPA required for admission?
There is no minimum ACT/SAT score; however, there is a minimum GPA of 3.75 required for admission. All applicants are reviewed on a holistic assessment of the application materials.
4. Should I take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)?
MLEAP applicants are not required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), however, applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) even if not taking the LSAT. If not taking the LSAT, registration with LSAC incurs no cost. Candidates should also be aware that it may be necessary to take the LSAT if they wish to apply to another law school in the future for transfer admission. If you do choose to take the LSAT, you are required to submit your score to the Office of Admissions to be added to your application. The LSAT score will then become part of the criteria used to make an admissions decision.
5. Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
As a current undergraduate student, the Admissions Committee requires that letters be from University of Minnesota faculty and/or Pre-Law advisors. Recommenders should be able to adequately and thoughtfully comment on your ability and experience as a successful student, problem solver, work ethic, and ability to work in a team, among other character traits. Please, no more than three (3) recommendations total.
6. If I am not admitted through the Early Admissions Program, can I still apply for another law school?
Yes. If you are not admitted through this program, you may begin applying to other law schools immediately.
7. Will previous college credits be taken into consideration in the review of my application?
Yes. All applications are reviewed on a holistic assessment, including the review of the entire undergraduate record. This includes upward and downward trends and rigor of curriculum. Please note however that the official GPA that will be used in the review process will be that which appears on your University of Minnesota transcript.
8. Can I reapply to the University of Minnesota Law School if I am not admitted through the Early Admissions Program?
Yes. If you are not admitted through this program, you may immediately begin reapplying through the regular JD admissions application or binding Early Decision application available in the beginning of September. You will need to fulfill all the requirements to apply, including taking the LSAT, registering through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and paying appropriate registration fees. However, as an applicant to the Early Admissions Program your application fee to the regular JD admissions process will be waived.
9. If I am admitted to the Law School through the Early Admissions Program, am I able to transfer to another law school if I choose?
Yes. If you choose to transfer to another law school after your first-year at the University of Minnesota Law School you will likely need to take the LSAT.
10. Am I able to defer my enrollment if admitted through the Early Admissions Program?
Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis. While we understand special circumstances may arise, if you are planning to defer when applying we recommend applying through the regular J.D. admissions program when you are ready.
11. I am a student in another graduate or professional program at the University of Minnesota, can I apply through the Early Admissions Program?
No. The Early Admissions Program is only available to current undergraduate students in the University honors program with a 3.75 or above GPA who will receive their bachelor's degree in May 2015, December 2015, May 2016 or August 2016. Students graduating in May 2015 will need to submit their application before graduation and prior to the June MLEAP deadline.
12. I am a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, am I eligible to apply through the MLEAP application?
No. MLEAP applicants must be currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota in the University honors program with a 3.75 or above GPA during the application process. Students graduating in May 2015 will need to submit their application before graduation and prior to the June MLEAP deadline. May 2015 graduates who submit their application after graduation will no longer be considered a current student and therefore not eligible to apply through MLEAP.
Minnesota Advantage Program (MAP)
1. How many students will the University of Minnesota Law School accept under this program?
Under the new ABA rule, the Law School may admit no more than 10% of the entering class under this program.
2. What are my odds of admission through MAP?
The Admissions Committee considers all applications on a holistic assessment of the entire application and required materials.
3. What if I haven't taken the necessary standardized tests?
Applicants must take one of the referenced standardized tests and score in the top 15 percent.
4. Is this a new program?
Due to a recent change in American Bar Association (ABA) rule in 2014, the Law School offers this program to a very limited number of currently enrolled U of M students (undergraduate or graduate) with strong academic records and proven outstanding performance on standardized tests.
5. If I provide my test score, will the Law School compute whether or not I was in the top 15%?
No; you must provide an official copy of your standardized test report showing that your score was in the top 15%.
6. If I don't get admitted to MAP, can I re-apply for regular admission to the University of Minnesota Law School?
Yes. If you are not admitted through this program, you may immediately begin re-applying through the regular J.D. admissions application process. You will need to fulfill all the requirements to apply, including taking the LSAT, registering through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and pay the appropriate registration fees. However, as an applicant to MAP, your application fee to the regular J.D. admissions process will be waived.
7. Can I still apply to other law schools?
Yes, but you will likely have to take the LSAT to complete first-year or transfer applications for other law schools.
8. Am I able to defer my enrollment if admitted through MAP?
Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis. While we understand special circumstances may arise, if you are planning to defer when applying we recommend applying through the regular J.D. admissions program when you are ready.
9. What if I've already taken the LSAT?
Once you take or if you've already taken the LSAT, you no longer qualify for this program. However, you would be eligible to apply through the regular admissions process at the University of Minnesota Law School.
10. Are there any requirements for letters of recommendations?
The Admissions Committee requires two letters of recommendation (maximum of four) written by University of Minnesota instructors and/or pre-law advisor (please see instructions at LSAC). Recommenders should be able to adequately and thoughtfully comment on your ability and experience as a successful student, problem solver, work ethic, and ability to work in a team, among other character traits.