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 three LL.M. degrees: the general LL.M. degree with the option to earn one of 11 concentrations (listed below), the Business Law LL.M. degree, or the Patent Law LL.M. degree. Students are encouraged to participate in LEAD, an intensive pre-LL.M. summer program focusing on legal English and legal skills.
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 30 active student organizations are open to all students. Professor Karen Lundquist assists students in finding pro bono volunteering opportunities for interested LL.M. students each year. Minnesota Law was named a 2021 best LL.M. overall experience by International Jurist magazine, and was recently awarded an A- in overall value by PreLaw magazine.
All admitted students are considered for a scholarship with no extra application required. Scholarships typically cover between 30 and 50% of tuition.
Applicants should 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 18 Fortune 500 companies, including Target Corporation, 3M, General Mills, Medtronic, and Cargill, the world’s largest privately held corporation.
The University of Minnesota is a Big 10 athletic university and in winter 2022 Minneapolis was named one of the top 20 cities for young attorneys in the US. 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.