Many courses offered by the Law School are available to non-law students and can complement studies in other disciplines. The Law School embraces interdisciplinary learning and welcomes the diverse perspective brought to our classrooms by students pursuing degrees outside the legal profession. Whether you want to incorporate a legal perspective into your current studies or are exploring the possibility of pursuing a law degree, taking a Law School course can be an enriching experience. Additionally, graduate or professional students are welcome to pursue a Law Minor, while undergraduates can pursue a Business Law Minor.
Most Law School Courses are taught at the 6000 level though some are available to graduate students at the 5000 level. More information is available on the alphabetical course listing. These courses generally are open on a space-available basis. Some 6000 level courses may require individual approval by the faculty member teaching the course and all require a petition form. All communication should be conducted through the Law School Registrar via the Non-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form. First-year law courses (6001-6009) and experiential learning courses (7000 level) are open only to current law students.
Graduate Law Minor
Graduate and professional students are welcome to obtain a Law Minor, available to both master’s (M.A. and M.S.) and doctoral students. A master’s minor requires 6 law credits; a doctoral minor requires 12. A student should first meet with the Law School’s Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Fred Morrison, to discuss course options. The student should then declare the intention to earn a Minor in Law by completing the Declaration of Law Minor form. Students also must work with the Graduate Student Services and Progress office to register their minor on the Graduate Degree plan. See instructions above for how to enroll in Law School courses. Email email@example.com with questions.
How to Enroll in a Law Course
Graduate students may directly register for most 5000-level courses. Those who would like to enroll in 6000-level courses must complete the Non-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is often available in 6000-level courses but we need to manage enrollment via the petition form.
Visiting Scholars and Researchers Program
Faculty, jurists, government officials, senior practitioners, and Ph.D. or post-doc students conduct research within the field of law. The University of Minnesota Law School has excellent facilities for research, including one of the courtry’s largest law libraries with more than 1 million volumes. The program is open to applicants from the U.S. and other countries. Download the Visiting Scholar Application.