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University of Minnesota Law School

The Law School's new curriculum focuses on how law shapes and transforms the foundation of a society. Students will engage in explorations of such present-day issues as the role of law in economic development, the legislative response to prison overcrowding, the international response to global warming, and the untangling of legal complexities in modern financial transactions. A variety of new courses are being introduced over the next few years to better prepare students for legal practice while still providing them with improved theoretical learning. The new classes include intensive training in statutory interpretation, integrated into a legal brief writing program; Practice and Professionalism, introducing students to the practice of law and its theoretical and ethical underpinnings; and 'Perspectives on the Law' a team-taught class, exposing students to several different perspectives on such legal issues as law and economics and critical race theory.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 759
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 168
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.36 - 3.89
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 94.3%
In State Tuition $36,820
Out of State Tuition $45,484

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Overview

About University of Minnesota Law School

The Law School's new curriculum focuses on how law shapes and transforms the foundation of a society. Students will engage in explorations of such present-day issues as the role of law in economic development, the legislative response to prison overcrowding, the international response to global warming, and the untangling of legal complexities in modern financial transactions. A variety of new courses are being introduced over the next few years to better prepare students for legal practice while still providing them with improved theoretical learning. The new classes include intensive training in statutory interpretation, integrated into a legal brief writing program; Practice and Professionalism, introducing students to the practice of law and its theoretical and ethical underpinnings; and 'Perspectives on the Law' a team-taught class, exposing students to several different perspectives on such legal issues as law and economics and critical race theory.

Reviews

The “world class” faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School are “dedicated to the students” and tend to be “very helpful, especially the professors' assistants.” Styles vary. “Some professors prefer a more Socratic style, some a more discussion based approach,” but regardless of whether they prefer lectures, discussion, or a mixture of both, “all are available to talk to students whenever.” One 1L noted that they have “always felt completely wel­come to talk to all my professors, and that has continued on as a 2L.”Due in part because “the professors are experts and heavily published in their fields, the program here is “very research driven.” However, the professors having successful outside-of-school pursuits causes some students to complain that “professors care more about their research than their teaching.” By and large, however, they are “well-respected in their fields and usually great teachers to boot.” Their real-world experience means for many, “they've been very helpful in learning the nuts and bolts of the profession.” Regardless of what other distractions they have, professors are “universally welcoming and eager to work with students.”That said, the “dated” facilities can be “gloomy and depressing.” Being educated in the basement “feels oppressive in the dead of winter,” but it’s not all bad when it comes to the facilities. “U of M takes pride in the size of the law library,” one student notes, “and I think that pride is well-earned.” The school also makes it a point to give students a sense for how their studies will apply to the real world. A mock trial competition team, for example, “is an example of how the school makes sure to promote the practical aspects of the law and inte­grate the scholastic elements of the education.”Opportunities in the Twin Cities abound. From a wide range of classes to the “large num­ber of journals” to mock courts, an “active student organization community,” and a legal community that embraces those in the U of M program, “there are more opportunities than I have time in which to partake.” Because this is a top 20 school, “there is a strong drive among students for big firm jobs.” At one time that was reflected in the curriculum, too, but these days the school “has made significant progress in recognizing and meeting the needs of students interested in public interest, government, and policy or research oriented posi­tions.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 10

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 276

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MPA, 4 years; JD/MA; JD/MD; JD/MPP, 4 years; JD/MURP, 4 years; JD/MS, 4 years; JD/PhD; JD/MBT; JD/MBS; JD/MPH

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 178
Full-Time Faculty 56
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 111
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 69%
Multi-racial 5%
International 6%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,820 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $36,820 $36,820

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,484 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,484 $45,484

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$44,428 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

University of Minnesota Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 168
LSAT Total 158 - 168

University of Minnesota Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.36 - 3.89
Total 3.36 - 3.89

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 90%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 103
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Average Starting Salary $67,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 36 17%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 8 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 10 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 15 7%
Business Industry 40 19%
Government 12 6%
Public Interest 20 9%
Federal Clerkship 12 6%
State Clerkship 28 13%
Academia 9 4%
Unknown Employer Type 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 5 2%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 4%
CA 5%
MN 66%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Minnesota Law School include:

  • Jim Blanchard - Partner at DLA Piper & former state Gov. & former U.S. Ambassador
  • Arne M. Sorenson - President and Chief Operating Officer of MarriottMarriott International, Inc.
  • Jean E. Hanson - Partner Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson
  • Keith Ellison - U.S. Representative
  • Walter F. Mondale - Former Vice President of The United States

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