A Dynamic Combination
The University of Minnesota Law School is a pioneer in providing a dynamic combination of theory and practical training. It is recognized internationally for the breadth and depth of its legal writing and clinics program, which offers 24 clinical education courses that range from bankruptcy to domestic violence to immigration.
A Bold New Curriculum
The Law School's new curriculum focuses on how law shapes and transforms the foundation of a society. Students will engage in explorations of such present-day issues as the role of law in economic development, the legislative response to prison overcrowding, the international response to global warming, and the untangling of legal complexities in modern financial transactions.
A variety of new courses are being introduced over the next few years to better prepare students for legal practice while still providing them with improved theoretical learning. The new classes include intensive training in statutory interpretation, integrated into a legal brief writing program; "Law in Practice" (formerly "Practice and Professionalism"), introducing students to the practice of law and its theoretical and ethical underpinnings; and "Perspectives on the Law," a team-taught class, exposing students to several different perspectives on such legal issues as law and economics and critical race theory.
The Law School offers Capstone Courses which integrate doctrinal instruction with skills and professional training. There are two types of capstone courses: simulation and policy development capstones. Students can take capstone courses that include Climate Change and Clean Energy, Environmental Law: Brownfields Redevelopment and Litigation, Health Law Compliance or Labor and Employment Law.
The Law School offers several cutting-edge legal concentrations, drawing from the expertise of our nationally renowned faculty and interdisciplinary partnerships with other University of Minnesota programs. Students can specialize in Business Law, Criminal Justice, Environmental and Energy Law, Health Law and Bioethics, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, International Law, and Labor and Employment Law.
Other Program Offerings
The Law School offers additional comprehensive programs in Constitutional Law and Public Interest Law.