Rosalyn Park ’02 directs the Women’s Human Rights program for The Advocates for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization that works to change systems and conditions that lead to rights abuses worldwide. While a student at Minnesota Law, she took advantage of globally oriented courses, clinics, and mentorships. Working for The Advocates, Park has led fact-finding missions to Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Serbia, and Montenegro. On such missions, she collaborates with local partners to open doors.
“Working with other women’s rights defenders around the world who fight onerous laws with limited resources in difficult conditions really spurs me. I always come away so inspired and energized.”
Summer experiences can be a great way of testing the waters for a global career or just broadening your horizon. Cody Humpherys had the opportunity to sample Australian life and law while gaining valuable legal practice skills through conducting research and participating in client meetings, mediations, and court proceedings in the employment group of a large international law firm. (Q&A with Humpherys)
Through a Human Rights Fellowship awarded by the Law School’s Human Rights Center, Michelle Rodenburg spent her 2L summer working for the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The office prosecutes senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and others responsible for crimes committed while the regime was in power.
“I intend to work in international law, and this summer job was the latest in my varied international work experiences. While I have previously focused more on international human rights law, this summer job allowed me a rare opportunity to get firsthand experience in international criminal law. I intend to use the litigation skills I gained this summer to continue exploring career options in international law.” (Q&A with Rodenburg)
While the Twin Cities has a very vibrant legal community, our students and alumni have many options. Alumni live and work in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries. No matter where you want to go, your Minnesota Law degree will carry (see Where Grads Go). For more about career opportunities and the support available to Minnesota Law students, visit our award-winning Career Center.
Professor Alexandra Klass teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, tort law, and property law. Like many Minnesota Law faculty members, she believes in putting theory into practice, serving in leadership positions in state and national bar organizations and nonprofits. Professor Klass recently spent a semester as a visiting professor at Uppsala University, lecturing throughout Scandinavia on the transition to renewable energy and recent energy policy shifts in the United States.
“The University of Minnesota Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Program continues to add new initiatives, classes, faculty, and students while serving as a hub for education and conversation around environmental and energy law issues in Minnesota, the nation, and the world.”
“You get immediate feedback throughout the course on how well you communicate. Lawyering is about helping people figure out problems, and a huge part of that is effective communication.”
Minnesota Law provides our students with unparalleled opportunities to gain practical experience while in law school. In addition to our 25 clinics available in a wide variety of legal areas, we offer internships, externships, fellowships, summer placements, and numerous pro bono experiences.
Experiential learning is a top priority at the University of Minnesota Law School. We offer one of the nation’s largest and most distinguished clinical education programs, a unique first-year Law in Practice course, abundant corporate externships, capstone courses focused on solving real-world problems, extensive legal practice skills courses, and your choice of 11 concentrations.
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Civility, cooperation and support define the University of Minnesota Law School. While our faculty are some of the most accomplished scholars in the world, they also are eager to mentor and readily available to help you succeed. Our collegial culture emphasizes teamwork, problem solving, leadership and persuasion, skills that are essential beyond law school for all fields of employment. More
The exceptional faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School bring real-world experience, practice, and leading research into the classroom. Passionate about their vocation and committed to integrating theory and practice in their teaching, they are demanding but eager to mentor and readily available to help students succeed along their chosen paths.