After seven years with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a staff capacity, Caroline Crenshaw ’09 took on a leadership post few people inside or outside of the law ever achieve when she became one of the SEC’s five commissioners. Although she never imagined landing in such a role in Law School, she credits the rigorous academic experience she had at Minnesota Law with creating professional opportunities for her in the years that followed. Read our Q&A with Crenshaw.
“My Minnesota Law experience is replete with fond memories—both joys and challenges. The dedication of the faculty and the collegiality of my classmates stand out. My professors cared deeply about their students and were passionate educators,” Crenshaw says.
At Minnesota Law, we are profoundly committed to producing the next generation of lawyer-leaders. Students get the opportunity to connect with and ultimately join our powerful network of alumni, including prominent attorneys, state and federal judges, high-level government officials, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of major corporations.
In working closely with Professor Myron Orfield to plan the 2021 Civil Rights Summit, 3Ls Navin Ramalingam, Maci Burke, Marisa Tillman, and James Holden, all editors on the Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality, had the opportunity to connect with some of the nation’s leading policymakers on housing issues, including Marcia Fudge, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The students summarized documents, created memos, pulled together the history of enforcement in all the administrations since the enactment of these laws, and produced substantive research.
“The legal knowledge and skills that I have gained from this experience will help me to become a stronger attorney, coworker, community member, and citizen,” says Burke.
The Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality is one of four student-led journals at Minnesota Law where students have the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty and other leading experts on substantive law and policy issues. These journals periodically hold symposia where the students connect with academics, jurists, policymakers, and others to discuss key topics, providing opportunities for meaningful interactions. Two current and several past U.S. Supreme Court justices have had articles published in our law journals.
Through the Law School’s Clemency Project, Connor Shaull ‘20argued virtually before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit on behalf of a woman who had been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for a low-level, non-violent role in a methamphetamine crime. The argument, which Shaull delivered two days into his first post-Law School job as an associate at a Minneapolis law firm, was the culmination of an effort he had begun during his time as a student. Shaull worked closely with Professor JaneAnne Murray, who founded the Clemency Project seven years ago in response to a presidential initiative.
“The Clemency practicum was the perfect blend of legal writing and oral advocacy. I was thrilled to represent a real client while still in law school, and I was so fortunate to get to work with Professor Murray,” says Shaull.
The Clemency Project is one of the many opportunities that students have to pick up experiential learning outside the Law Schools 25 formal clinics. Beginning with our innovative Law in Practice program in their first year, students get the best of both worlds; top-notch academic programs combined with a vast array of hands-on programs that develop practical skills. It is our aim to graduate students who have both a strong knowledge of the law and the ability to practice it.
Samia Osman, 1L, who came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia, is passionate about human rights. Prior to enrolling in Minnesota Law, she worked as an intern for the Law School’s nationally recognized James H. Binger Center for New Americans. She says that the opportunity to work on a federal immigration case with Professor Benjamin Casper Sanchez ’97, the faculty director of the center, cemented her decision to go to Minnesota Law and pursue working with immigrant communities as her legal calling. Read our Q&A with Osman.
“My dream is to go into international law with a focus on human rights and humanitarianism—a dream born from being a refugee who comes from and grew up in a world filled with corruption, conflict, and overall instability,” says Osman.
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.