University of Minnesota: Law School

University of Minnesota
Law School

The University of Minnesota Law School is consistently ranked one of the top 25 law schools in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. LL.M. students may earn one of two LL.M. degrees: the Business Law LL.M. degree, or the general LL.M. degree.  Students pursuing the general LL.M. degree have the option to earn one of 11 concentrations (listed below). Students are encouraged to participate in LEAD, an intensive pre-LL.M. summer program focusing on legal English and legal skills.


LL.M. Program
Minnesota Law offers one required LL.M.-specific course, Introduction to American Law, and several optional courses and practical experiences specifically for LL.M. students, including LL.M. Legal Writing & Legal Skills I and II, LL.M. Trial Practice, and Judicial Observation. During the academic year, LL.M. students are integrated with upper-level J.D. students in almost all courses.

Outside the classroom, Minnesota Law’s more than 40 active student organizations are open to all students. Professor Karen Lundquist coordinates a pro bono volunteering program for interested LL.M. students each year.

All admitted students are considered for a scholarship with no extra application required. Scholarships typically cover between 30 and 60% of tuition.

Entry Requirements
Applicants are encouraged to apply via LSAC’s online application. Visit the Minnesota Law website for information on how to apply, including tuition and fees.  The application is made available on October 1 and the deadline to apply is May 1.

Life in Minneapolis
With seven major professional sports teams, a national award winning metro transit system, and a thriving food, recreation, and cultural scene, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area (known as the Twin Cities) ranks high in such areas as cleanliness, ethnic diversity, safety, accessibility, and beauty. The area is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies, including Target Corporation, 3M, General Mills, Medtronic, and Cargill, the world’s largest privately held corporation.

The University of Minnesota is currently ranked 20th in the U.S. among doctorate granting-institutions hosting international students and is a Big 10 athletic university. Minnesota Law’s location and close proximity to light rail allows easy access to state and federal government offices, hundreds of human rights organizations, the Minneapolis-St. Paul international airport, and the Mall of America.  

Other Degree Options for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
Minnesota Law also offers an SJD degree for students seeking to earn a research-oriented doctoral degree in law. 

Upon completing the LL.M. degree at Minnesota Law, LL.M. graduates may apply to transfer into the Minnesota Law JD program without submitting an LSAT score and the possibility of counting their LL.M. degree as up to one-third of the JD credit requirements.

Contact Information
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University of Minnesota Law School International Programs
Director Kara Galvin
229 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
+1 (612) 624 9968


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