Students participating in our Community Legal Partnership for Health Clinic, including 2L Rebecca Zadaka, 3L Alex Eschenroeder, and 2L Julie Griep, drafted health legislation that was later introduced in the Minnesota Senate. The bill they drafted aimed to protect tenants by requiring landlords to test for radon and to mitigate when levels are high. Clinic students worked with senators from both sides of the aisle, learning the lawmaking process first-hand.
“It gave me a much deeper understanding and appreciation of what state legislatures do. It made me more interested in and well-versed in state-level health policy and housing policy.”
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has served as the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism since 2017. In this role, Professor Ní Aoláin investigates and reports on alleged violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms; identifies and promotes best practices on counterterrorism measures that respect human rights and fundamental freedoms; and reports regularly to the Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly. Her work takes her around the globe. She also serves as the faculty director of our Human Rights Center, which offers students hands-on opportunities to engage in research and advocacy, and was recently admitted to membership in the Royal Irish Academy.
“Minnesota Law students have the most extraordinary opportunities to engage in transformative human rights work. The Human Rights Center has cultivated decades of relationships and institutional connections locally, nationally, and globally, providing students with a clear pathway to pursue their passions and change the world.”
Human Rights is one of 11 academic concentrations offered at Minnesota Law. Selecting a concentration offers students the opportunity to deeply explore and develop their expertise in a legal specialty area that interests them. Many of our specialty areas, including our human rights program, have been recognized with top national rankings.
Lauren Graff ’19 is excited to work in the heart of Chicago in the Private Equity Group of McGuireWoods LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms. As a student, Graff gained hands-on experience working with business clients in our IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic and our Business Law Clinic. Her goal as an attorney is to become a trusted legal advisor and a strategic partner for her clients, helping them to achieve their business objectives. (Read a Q&A with Graff.)
“I absolutely loved my time with Minnesota Law. I learned from not only our world-renowned professors but also from fellow students who are supportive rather than competitive. With campus located in the heart of Minneapolis, the vast experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, and a faculty and administration ready to help you make the most of every opportunity, it’s a decision you can’t regret.”
While Chicago is a popular destination for Minnesota Law grads, our 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”).
Liwanag Ojala ’98 is the CEO of CaringBridge, a non-profit that helps people facing serious medical conditions and their family and friends to communicate through websites. An estimated one in 13 people in the United States have used CaringBridge, and its reach extends to 235 countries and territories around the world. Ojala has an impressive record of leadership in the e-commerce space, including serving as president of SimonDelivers, general manager of e-commerce for CobornDelivers.com, and vice president of e-commerce at Meijer.com, an online grocer.
“A J.D. is a wonderful thing to have in your pocket, especially in tough negotiations or tough situations that are fraught with peril. The ability to think critically about risk—about what chances to take and how you weigh the analysis against that—has been very helpful for me in my career.”
Our alumni are not just leaders in the law, but also leaders in business, government, and civic life. Our alumni include a former U.S. vice president, the CEOs of Marriott International and Dairy Queen, state Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, and leaders of major nonprofit organizations. For more on Ojala’s journey to the C-suite, as well the stories of several other alumni who have gone on to head corporations or major philanthropic ventures, see “From J.D. to CEO.”
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.
The Twin Cities is one of the most energetic, livable and literate communities in the country, distinguished by a nationally renowned park system with hundreds of miles of trails and an amazing chain of lakes, the largest theater community outside New York, and an internationally renowned music scene. Add to that distinctive neighborhoods, numerous professional sports teams, a new light rail system just steps from the Law School’s front door, and ready access to federal, state and local courts and the state capitol. More
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.