Dean Jenkins chats with students at Orientation

From the Dean

Dynamic, world-class, powerful, collaborative. Welcome to the University of Minnesota Law School!

Here, you will find a warm and engaged community of students, faculty who are both brilliant scholars and committed teachers, a curriculum with abundant experiential opportunities, and an extensive global alumni network reaching the highest levels of the law, business, government and nonprofit organizations.

From public interest to corporate law, immigration reform to criminal justice, international to IP and technology law—or everything between—our top-notch blend of theory, policy and practice courses, research and advocacy is preparing the next generation of lawyer-leaders. The Law School’s small class size and an 9:1 student to faculty ratio ensures that students and faculty work directly and closely with one another.

Our experiential opportunities begin with the pioneering Law in Practice course, which provides hands-on practice in the first year, and our clinical education program is one of the largest and oldest in the country. The resources of a Big 10 university and a vibrant and diverse urban setting offer advantages that are difficult to match.

Our students bring home national moot court championships, publish groundbreaking research, influence public policy, and help win cases as high as the U.S. Supreme Court. And, importantly, these accomplishments come as part of a collaborative, close-knit student body. Students overwhelmingly report that they are both challenged and supported in this collegial environment.

I encourage you to browse through this website to schedule a visit or learn more about the robust, engaged and accomplished community that is the University of Minnesota Law School.


Garry W. Jenkins

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Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law