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The University of Minnesota Law School’s full-time J.D. degree program begins annually in late August. We draw talented, diverse students from every part of the United States and numerous countries who are seeking an academically rigorous program in a supportive environment.
We are distinguished by a collegial culture that emphasizes collaboration, public service, problem solving and leadership. Our exceptional faculty bring real-world experience, practice, and leading research into the classroom. Passionate about their vocation and committed to integrating theory and practice in their teaching, they are demanding but eager to mentor and readily available to help students succeed along their chosen path.
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University of Minnesota Law School graduates are making an impact as lawyer-leaders in the region, the country, and around the world. With over 13,000 alumni, Minnesota Law graduates work in all 50 states and 73 countries.
Check out the interactive map below to learn about what some of our distinguished alumni are up to and where they are practicing law in the U.S.
MN Law had the right mix of rigorous academics, extracurricular opportunities, and an amazing, collegial learning environment that was important to faculty and students alike.
It provided the foundation of my legal knowledge and provided early exposure to what it was like to work as a lawyer.
The culture and the international law opportunities.
The lifelong friends and support network I made.
MN Law taught me how to think and write critically and effectively.
I chose MN Law because of its commitment to helping students pursue careers in public interest.
My favorite thing about MN Law was its tight-knit and welcoming community.
MN Law allowed me to pursue my interest in consumer protection law.
MN Law gave me the critical thinking and practical skills I needed to become an effective advocate.
You will be hard-pressed to find a better group of people to learn with and from than at MN Law.
An effective combination of theory and practice is critical to attorneys' success, especially early in their careers and that is what MN Law excels at.
Its excellent reputation.
The amazing friends I made.
The legal writing program helped me develop a foundation of legal writing skills that I use every day.
I knew a MN Law degree would open doors to wherever I wanted to go.
My time in the Insurance Law Clinic.
I gained the most practical, real-world legal skills through my clinical experience that I still use in practice today.
Top Tier law school with strong legal community backing it.
The classmates who are now colleagues and friends.
Created a strong legal network, while also a strong legal foundation in legal research and writing.
MN Law gave me practical experience in criminal defense as well as the skills to continue growing in my practice.
I chose MN Law because it is an excellent school close to a thriving city with a reasonable cost of living.
My professors were passionate about the law and helped me have that same enthusiasm.
MN Law taught me critical thinking and communication skills that I use every day.
I chose MN Law because of its strong IP curriculum.
My favorite thing about MN Law was how much everyone in Mondale Hall cared for one another.
MN Law helped me grow, as both an individual and professional, by providing me with the tools and knowledge (courses, Career Center, networking) to be confident in my own abilities.
Great school, where I got in-state tuition!
A local feel, but it prepared me to work everywhere.
A solid base on which to build.
I chose MN Law when I saw first hand the camraderie and collegiality between the students.
The close friendships and memories formed through late night poker nights, wheelie chair races and dress up weeks in 1L year.
It prepared me to work closely with people with divergent, intelligent views toward specific issues and to identify the different ways that an issue can be analyzed.
I primarily chose Minnesota Law because of its reputation and course offerings.
I have an immense amount of appreciation for the role MN Law played in my personal and professional development.
MN Law's broad array of course offerings enabled me to be exposed to topics that are vital to what I do now.
MN Law won me over during Admitted Students Weekend: the culture, the professors, the opportunities, and the city stood out.
The location - you have direct access to top fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, top law firms, and public service opportunities.
Between the clinics, externships, student associations, speakers, helpful alum, and diligent career center staff, you will never be more equipped to take on the legal profession than when you graduate from MN Law.
I chose MN Law because of its collegial environment and solid reputation.
By focusing not only on building academic skills, but soft skills such as networking and working with clients.
MN Law’s outstanding clinical offerings and other options for practical legal experience prior to practice instills tremendous skills that students can use outside of the classroom on day one.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the Insurance Clinic by helping policyholders who otherwise can not afford representation battle insurance companies who wrongly denied important insurance coverage.
MN Law provided both a practical and academic platform for the study and practice of law which allowed me to not only have the confidence in my abilities and legal experience but to also have the values of helping my community seek justice in a variety of forms.
From the moment I stepped on campus to visit the law school, I felt incredibly welcome and that I would be provided with the resources (academically and socially) to thrive here.
The student body really cares about each other and we're competitive internally, but not with each other.
The clinics provided me with a great opportunity to interface with clients, opposing counsel, and the courts that prepared me for my first day of practice.
I chose MN because of its reputation of having a collegiate atmosphere and ability to connect students with employers.
My favorite thing about MN Law is the best friends I met there.
The writing program at MN Law helped me improve my legal writing which is the key to success.
I chose MN Law because it was an excellent law school that had a strong IP Program and an even stronger sense of community.
My favorite thing of about MN Law is that its students are brilliant, driven, and ambitious while still being kind and supportive of one another.
MN Law allowed me to have unique opportunities to gain practical experience in my chosen legal field.
Growing up in the Twin Cities, a majority of the attorneys I looked up to growing up (including my own dad) went to MN Law, and I trusted their education insofar as I also trusted them and admired their work, ethics, and community engagement – and I see many of my own classmates the same way now.
My community of MN Law professors and classmates - who brought a crucial diversity of perspectives in pursuit of a wide variety of educational objectives - provided so much humor, support, and encouragement throughout law school, and I continue to be grateful for these lifelong connections and friendships.
Always prepare for blizzard conditions the day of a deadline.
Excellent reputation in IP and job placement across the Midwest.
It provided plenty of opportunities to develop the legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to hit the ground running, even in a specialized area at a large firm.
Combination of experiential learning through Mock Trial, Trial Practice, Clinics, and a Federal Judicial Externship paired with strong substantive course offerings, including in my intended practice area (intellectual property litigation).
I chose MN Law because of its legal writing and experiential learning programs.
One of my favorite things about MN Law is the support from faculty and staff; they are amazing.
The opportunities through journal and clinic helped prepare me for my career.
Aside from MN Law’s high-ranking and notable practical program, I wanted to be in a collaborative, yet rigorous, environment that would allow me to develop both personally and professionally.
I loved the professors because they were both dedicated educators and exceptional mentors.
MN Law allowed me to build a strong network of attorneys in all major legal markets. A close second would be the reach of the MN law degree. Even though I ended up staying in MN to practice, I was able to connect with attorneys in all major legal markets.
I chose MN Law because I wanted a law school that would provide me with opportunities to work anywhere in the world.
My favorite thing about MN Law was competing in mock trial competitions which allowed me to develop skills that I used as a trial lawyer and currently use as an in-house attorney.
MN Law prepared me for my career by providing a curriculum of practical courses and clinics that translate to real life situations.
I chose MN Law for the opportunity to be part of a large university and the ability to take some courses outside the law school.
MN Law made me a stronger writer and helped me develop the ability to view issues from multiple angles.
I chose MN Law because any school that highlights TORT and musicals has the welcoming culture I valued!
My favorite part of MN Law was all the opportunities to try new things, from clubs to clinics to TORT!
MN Law taught me to embrace the grey area in law, and not assume there is a black and white answer to issues.
Best school I got into.
I made wonderful lifetime friendships in my 3 years there.
Trained me to critically think and analyze problems, especially in a practice setting in the Law Clinic.
I chose MN Law because it's a top-tier law school in a city with a great quality of life.
Taking privacy-related courses with faculty who helped guide me to a career in an exciting area of the law.
My experience in the Consumer Protection Clinic made me a better lawyer by equipping me with a foundational set of legal skills that I use every day as in-house counsel.
Great law school in the state where I grew up!
The camaraderie with my classmates
Taught me to be a practical thinker and strong writer
Its reputation would afford me opportunities to practice nearly anywhere (including NYC) for the value of a public-school education.
Academic rigor without sacrificing camaraderie
The early emphasis on legal writing and yearlong civil procedure were part of an excellent foundation for a litigation career