About the University of Minnesota Law School Clinics
The mission of the University of Minnesota Law Clinics, driven by the privileges and obligations of a land grant university, is to engage our students in meaningful and challenging lawyering on behalf of individuals and groups in Minnesota and beyond, through dynamic partnerships with local, national, and international organizations. Our goal is to educate our students to become competent, confident, and ethical attorneys, while making a difference for a clientele that has too often been ignored or underserved.
Minnesota Law students can choose between 25+ clinics in a wide range of issue areas and skill-building. Over 70% of our clinics are full-year, allowing students the time to engage in a fuller cycle of case representation and policy development. The U of M's unique Student Director Model enables 3Ls to work in the same clinic for two years, where they handle particularly complex projects and help supervise incoming students. The Law School gives its students the chance to match clinics to their interests, including an unmatched number of clinic openings in the area of immigration/human rights, economic justice, and post-conviction representation.
Students engage in litigation, policy advocacy, and other forms of client service at the highest levels of all three branches of government on the state and federal levels. You can learn more about these recent cases in the Federal Immigration and Litigation Clinic, the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, and the Tax Clinic.
Clinic faculty are esteemed leaders and experts in their fields, with years of real-world experience. Faculty produce nationally and internationally acclaimed scholarship, and collaborate with other scholars within our top-tier research university and from other institutions of higher learning. In addition to providing one-on-one attention to clinic students, you will find our clinic faculty teaching throughout the curriculum, including 1L doctrine classes, core specialty law classes, and leadership of our experiential 1L Law in Practice program.