Courses, Registration & Grading

Graduate students can take a variety of courses at the Law School. The following is a list of LAW 5000-level courses that are available.  


Graduate students may directly register for LAW 5000-level courses. LAW 6000-level courses are generally open on a space-available basis. Some courses may require individual approval by the instructor. All communications should be conducted through the Law School Registrar via the Non-Law Student Petition for Law Courses form. First-year law courses (6001-6009) and experiential learning courses (7000 level) are open only to current law students. More information is available on the Law School Course Guide.


In accordance with University policy, graduate, undergraduate, and law students who are in the same class may be graded separately and held to different standards of academic performance and accomplishment.

Exams and Assignments

Students must adhere to Law School policies on exams and assignments and must take exams according to the same schedule as law students (although the 3000-level classes will have exams on the undergraduate schedule). Exceptions are available only for extraordinary circumstances and may be granted only by the Law School Dean of Students.

Effect of Enrollment

Credit for law courses taken by students is generally not transferable to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) or LL.M. programs at ABA-accredited Law Schools, including the University of Minnesota Law School.