Wednesday, August 13, 2014

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT] University of Minnesota Law School

The University of Minnesota Law School, ranked as one of the country's top public law schools, is a recognized leader in preparing students to solve the complex social, economic and business issues of our time. Our exceptional faculty, innovative curriculum and unmatched clinical and experiential learning opportunities equip students for the demands of the 21st century.

Our faculty includes some of the most accomplished and productive scholars in the world in business law, criminal justice, international law and human rights, and the intersection of law, science and technology. Passionate about their research and committed to integrating theory and practice in their teaching, these dedicated professors are demanding in the classroom but eager to mentor and readily available to help students succeed along their chosen path.


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  • Full-time 3-year graduate program
  • American Bar Association accredited
  • Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • Master of Law (LL.M.)
  • Master of Science in Patent Law (M.S.P.L.)
  • J.D./M.B.A.; J.D./M.P.A;
  • J.D./M.A., J.D./M.B.S., J.D./M.P.P., J.D./M.S., J.D./M.D., J.D./M.P., J.D./M.B.T., J.D./M.U.R.P., J.D./M.P.H., J.D./M.S.S.T., J.D./M.H.A., and J.D./Ph.D., through the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, or the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota, as well as various other colleges and departments
Class Profile
  • Applied: 2,946; Enrolled: 221
  • LSAT Median: 164
  • GPA Median: 3.79
  • Total enrollment: 855
  • J.D.: 732
  • LL.M.: 66
  • International: 25 international visiting, 1 domestic visiting (J.D.)
  • Male 58%; Female 42%; Minorities 19%
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
  • Full-Time Law Faculty: 67

Khary Hornsby
Director of International and Graduate Programs
University of Minnesota Law School
Phone: 612-624-9968

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Student Campus Life

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul anchor a progressive, distinctive and vibrant metropolitan area of nearly 3 million people. Neighborhoods adjacent to campus are alive with diversity and student-centric activities, while the nearby downtown centers offer the shopping, dining, arts and theater of a dynamic metropolis. Light rail access that connects the two cities, the airport and the Mall of America are just steps away from the Law School. You can also find a list of law school student organizations here.

The Twin Cities are a regional hub for commercial and governmental activity. With the State Capitol building, the Minnesota Supreme Court and a U.S. Federal District Court within easy reach of campus, our law students have the unique opportunity to observe governmental agencies and the judiciary in action as part of a virtual classroom.

Students can consult with government personnel, research public records, and attend judicial, legislative or administrative hearings, including federal and state trial and appellate courts.

Law students also enjoy close access to the Twin Cities’ sophisticated legal community, which serves local, national and international clients. These firms, along with government agencies and public interest groups, offer a wide range of clerkships and career opportunities.

Residence Life and Housing Services

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota have a variety of housing options, including on-campus and off-campus accommodations. For on-campus housing, there are reserved spaces for graduate students in both Centennial Hall and University Village. 

Housing & Residential Life also contracts with two separate student-owned cooperatives to provide housing for University of Minnesota students. Each cooperative manages and maintains the University housing complexes. Single graduate students and students with families can apply to live in these co-ops.

Lastly, Housing & Residential Life maintains an online database of available apartments, houses, and condos. Students may search for housing by neighborhood, rent range, number of bedrooms, pet policy, and more.

Career Services

The University of Minnesota Law School's Career Center helps students and alumni develop the professional experience and connections that will give them access to employers throughout Minnesota and the nation. A wide variety of local, regional, national and international law firms, corporations, public agencies and state and federal judges meet students annually through Career Center-sponsored programs. Interviewing and networking events take place both on- and off-campus in cities such as New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Students also participate in the Equal Justice Works Conference in Washington, D.C., and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference in Chicago, among other national career fairs. The Career Center also offers career workshops and programs throughout the year and counsels students and alumni on establishing and meeting professional goals.

Information below is based on class of 2013 graduates known to be employed as of February 15, 2014.

Placement (Employment) Rates
(274 graduates from 9/1/12 to 8/31/13)
Graduates whose employment status is unknown
Graduates whose employment status is known
Graduates known to be employed
Graduates who are enrolled in a full-time degree program
Graduates who are unemployed and seeking work
Graduates who are unemployed and not seeking work

Law School Admissions Criteria & Requirements

J.D. Program

The Admissions Committee is composed of Law School faculty and is dedicated to an objective, sensitive and efficient application review process. The committee will carefully analyze every applicant’s undergraduate record, including upward and downward trends in the grade point average and the difficulty of the courses taken. The committee will consider a variety of factors, such as work experience, career goals, extracurricular activities, proficiency in languages other than English, positions of leadership, community or public service, interest in interdisciplinary study, graduate school experience, racial and ethnic background, unusual life experiences, disability, and economic disadvantage. The committee also may consider factors that contribute to greater diversity in the student body, including but not limited to those set out in the University Equal Opportunity Policy.
  1. Completed application
    • Including application fee
    • Including character and fitness section
  2. CAS Report via LSAC 
    • Including transcripts, undergraduate and graduate/professional (if applicable)
    • Including LSAT score(s)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent via LSAC)
  4. Personal statement
  5. Resume

LL.M. Program

The University of Minnesota Law School offers two distinguished LLM programs—LL.M. in American Law and the Business Law LLM. Both programs provide foreign lawyers with a rigorous academic experience, exposing them to a broad array of legal skills and knowledge. Our LLM graduates leave the program better equipped to meet the heavy demands of legal practice in an increasingly globalized world.

Each LL.M. student selects courses based on his or her area of interest. Upon arrival, LLM students meet with the Director of International Programs to develop an individual academic plan. Students may focus on a specific area of law or the general practice of U.S. common law. The majority of classes will be taken with J.D. students, which offers the opportunity for dialogue and discussion with faculty and non-LL.M. students.

  1. Application form and application fee 
  2. Official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended 
  3. Two letters of recommendation 
  4. Personal statement 
  5. Proof of English proficiency demonstrated through adequate TOFEL or IELTS scores
  6. Resume or CV 

LL.M.-Specific Course Offerings

The Law School offers five courses and seminars designed specifically to provide LL.M. students with the practical legal skills to assist them in becoming true global practitioners:

  1. LL.M. Legal Research and Writing – offered Fall and Spring semesters 
  2. The American Legal Profession – offered Fall semester 
  3. LL.M. Trial Practice – offered Fall semester 
  4. LL.M. Judicial Observation (pairs foreign lawyers with local judges, providing an opportunity for students to experience the American legal system firsthand) – offered Spring semester 
  5. Leadership and the Law – offered Spring semester 

Mentorship Program

Each LL.M. student is paired with a second-year or third-year U.S. law student. Throughout the year, the mentor helps familiarize the LL.M. student with U.S. culture and the Law School. Many LL.M.s enjoy the Mentorship Program not only to make new friends, but also for the networking opportunity.

Legal English Advanced Development (LEAD) Program

The LEAD Program is an intensive English language and legal skills program developed by the University of Minnesota Law School for students entering the LL.M. Program. This class is taught by Law School faculty, and Minnesota English Language Program instructors, who specialize in teaching professional English to non-native speakers of English. View more information here.

LL.M. Applicants must have a law degree from a law school outside the United States. Additionally, preference is given to individuals with two or more years of work experience. Applicants whose native language is not English must also demonstrate proficiency in English, most commonly through achieving a score of 550/213/79-80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Strong preference is given to candidates with TOEFL scores of 600/250/100. IELTS scores are also accepted.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Scholarships are based on admission applications and are awarded at the time of admission. Admitted students are reviewed for a scholarship at the time of admittance; no separate application is required.

Law School scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition.
Admitted students are no longer eligible for federal or state undergraduate grants. However, you may qualify for gift aid by researching and applying for outside grants and scholarships.

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