Courses, Registration & Grading

Undergraduate students can take a variety of courses at the Law School to study the legal systems and doctrines that intersect with their fields of interest. In addition, students may choose to pursue the Undergraduate Business Law Minor. Although many of the courses have no formal prerequisites, students are strongly encouraged to begin with Law 3000, Introduction to American Law and Legal Reasoning or Law 3050 Law of Business Organizations. Below are some examples of courses that undergraduate students have taken at the Law School, organized by subject area:


Undergraduates may directly register for 3000- and 5000-level courses. For the two 5000-level courses with a 3000-level equivalent, undergraduates may only register for the 3000-level course. It is strongly recommended that undergraduates take Law 3000 and/or Law 3050 prior to enrolling in any 5000-level courses. Undergraduate students may directly register for most 3000- and 5000-level law courses.Refer to the Law School Course Guide for more information including prerequisites where applicable.


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.