A message from the Dean

Dean Garry W. Jenkins

Fall 2021

Dear Friends,

To me, nothing is more affirming of our mission than welcoming a new class of students to the Minnesota Law community each fall. This year’s incoming J.D. class boasts an exceedingly bright group of individuals who possess unique backgrounds and varied perspectives and are all eager to make an impact in the world. They are shaping up to be the most diverse and among the most highly credentialed classes in Minnesota Law history. As our talented students begin their legal education, the potential of Minnesota Law to continue to punch above our weight both locally and internationally, both as a deliverer and producer of knowledge remains as strong as ever.

We begin this academic year with a renewed sense of purpose, a spirit of innovation, and an affirmation of the strength of our community. The last year and a half has pushed us to learn and implement new and innovative ways to teach, learn, research, and engage. As we return to Mondale Hall this fall, we will embrace those lessons, strengthening our competitive edge in legal education.

As I reflect on the past year, I am proud of the ways we come together here at Minnesota Law. Our alumni and friends are an integral part of an engaged and connected network that makes up our Minnesota Law community. I am deeply grateful for the ways in which you have come together to support our mission with your engagement and generosity. You are the reason we stand stronger today. 

Thanks to your generosity, we recently celebrated a record-setting number for the Annual Fund and a wildly successful end to Driven to Lead, the Law School’s largest fundraising campaign in its history.  

However, there is still more to do as we continue to build on our legacy and ascend higher. Increasing access to legal education, recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, and developing innovative curriculum ensures Minnesota Law remains at the forefront of legal education. We can only accomplish this with your support.

Your gift, together with the generosity of our alumni and friends, allows Minnesota Law to make an enormous difference in the world. Our work is important, and we need your partnership to accomplish our goals. Please join me in making a meaningful gift to Minnesota Law this year.


Garry W. Jenkins
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law