Eleven cutting-edge legal concentrations combine the expertise of our faculty and partnerships with other University of Minnesota programs. These concentration areas enhance your career opportunities through interdisciplinary and specialized courses, research and writing projects with faculty, mentorship opportunities with professors and other experts, and networking with engaged alumni.


Steps to Formalize a Concentration

  1. Students who wish to pursue a concentration should identify the concentration as early as possible (usually during second year for J.D. students and the first semester for LL.M. students) and should contact the relevant faculty chair or designated staff to begin the advising process. Students should consult the Policy on Concentrations to see the requirements for completing a concentration, including the list of courses that are required, recommended, and eligible for each concentration, located in an appendix to the policy.
  2. Students wishing to declare a concentration should submit the Academic Declaration Form. Completion of this form will result in having the concentration added to their GPAS audit which will reflect progress toward the concentration requirements.  
  3. J.D. students must fill out the Concentration Completion Memorandum and then meet with the faculty chair or designated adviser to complete the paperwork. Bring transcript(s) for all concentration coursework to this meeting, especially if some coursework was taken outside of the Law School.

    LL.M. students must fill out the
    LL.M. Concentration Completion Memorandum, attach any supporting documentation required, and submit it to Kara Galvin, Director of International Programs. Upon initial review, Kara Galvin will forward to the faculty chair for final approval.

    All paperwork to formalize a concentration is due in the semester of graduation.
  4. After approval by the chair or advisor, students who have successfully completed a concentration will receive a notation on their law school transcript.