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Graduate and Undergraduate Courses

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.

How to Enroll in a Law Course

Students may directly register for 3000- and 5000-level courses. For the two 5000-level courses with a 3000-level equivalent, undergraduates may only register in the 3000-level course. It is strongly recommended that undergraduates take Law 3000 and/or Law 3050 prior to enrolling in any 5000-level courses.

Students who would like to enroll in 6000-level courses must complete the PDF iconNon-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form and email it to lawreg@umn.edu. Space is often available in 6000-level courses, but we need to manage enrollment via the petition form.

3000-Level: Undergraduate Students

Fall 2016: PDF iconIntroduction to American Law (LAW 3000)
Spring 2017: Business Organizations (LAW 3050)

5000-Level: Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students

Fall 2016: Introduction to American Law (LAW 5000), Administrative Law (LAW 5606), Business Associations/Corporations (LAW 5051), Essentials of Business for Lawyers (LAW 5076), Patents (LAW 5224), Tax I (LAW 5100)
Spring 2017: Administrative Law (5606), Business Organizations (LAW 5050), Copyright (5613), Data Privacy Law (5103), Energy Law (5062), Financial Regulation (5061), International Business Transactions (5601), Tax I (5100)

6000-Level: Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students

Most Law School courses are taught at the 6000-level. More information is available on the alphabetical course listing here. These courses generally are 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. First-year law courses (6001-6009) and experiential learning courses (7000-level) generally are open only to law students.

Additional Information

Grading: In accordance with University policy, graduate, undergraduate, and law students who are in the same class may be graded separately and 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 (although the 3000-level classes will have exams on the undergraduate schedule). 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 taken by non-law students is generally not transferrable to the Juris Doctor or LL.M. programs at ABA-accredited Law Schools, including the University of Minnesota Law School.

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 declare his/her intention to earn a Minor in Law by completing the PDF iconDeclaration 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 lawcurr@umn.edu with questions.

Undergraduate Business Law Minor

Through courses offered at the Law School and the Carlson School of Management, students can earn an Undergraduate Business Law Minor while exploring issues and concepts at the intersection of law and business. The PDF iconUndergraduate Business Law Minor enables students to explore issues and concepts at the intersection of law and business. Students will learn analytical techniques that will be helpful in business settings and that can prepare them for further study in a law school, MBA program, or other graduate program. Required and elective courses in the minor are offered through the Law School and the Carlson School of Management. All advising is through the Undergraduate Program Office in the Carlson School, room 2-190 Hanson Hall (612-624-3313). The Business Law Advisor can be reached at lawminor@umn.edu. The minor is available to undergraduate, degree-seeking students at the University of Minnesota.

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