Centers & Institutes
Students can explore pressing scholastic and community issues and address challenges with real-world legal application at numerous research centers and institutes at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Building upon the strength of an internationally recognized business law faculty, the Corporate Institute combines concentrations, leadership training, business speakers and externships as an area of excellence at the Law School.
A strategic initiative of the University’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Law School, the Energy Transition Lab brings together leaders in government, business and nonprofit organizations to develop new energy policy pathways, institutions and regulations.
The Human Rights Center promotes research on real-world challenges, prepares future lawyers to defend human rights, and partners with civil society to impact law and practice at the local, national, and international levels.
The Institute on Crime and Public Policy supports scholarship on legal, empirical, and normative issues in the areas of American sentencing and corrections, comparative criminal procedure and process, normative theories of punishment, and crime control policy.
The Institute for Law & Economics promotes interdisciplinary research and collaboration within the University, as well as with other centers and scholars, nationally and internationally on topics at the interface of economics and the law.
The Institute for Law and Rationality promotes interdisciplinary collaborations among legal scholars and scholars in such fields as psychology, political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics (and neuroeconomics) to inquire into how the law does and should understand human behavior.
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity investigates the ways that laws, policies and practices affect development patterns in U.S. metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas. Through top-level scholarship, mapping and advocacy, the Institute provides the resources that policymakers, planning officials and community organizations need to address reform in taxation, land use, housing, metropolitan governance and education.
The only program of its kind in the U.S., designed in partnership with leading area law firms and non-profit immigration legal services, the Center expands urgently needed legal services for noncitizens, pursues litigation that will improve our nation’s immigration laws, and educates noncitizens about their rights.
The Program in Law and History, established in 2007, connects students with scholars around the world to explore law in a historical context, fostering research and teaching across all periods of legal history.
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice brings legal education, legal and sociological research, theory, policy, and practice together to solve common problems in the field of criminal justice. The Institute initiates and supports coordinated research and policy analysis, partnering with multiple local and state jurisdictions from across the nation to provide recommendations and build links between researchers, practitioners, lawmakers, governing authorities, and the public.