University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

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229 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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The Law School at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities has an application deadline of April 1. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $40,058 per year (in-state) and full-time: $47,330 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.1:1. The Law School at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities has 179 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The curriculum at the University of Minnesota Law School allows for students to elect courses in their first year. Minnesota law students in their first year can choose between a course in corporate law, international law, civil procedure or law perspectives, in addition to mandatory first year courses. After the first year, law students have only two courses they are required to take, in addition to a writing requirement. Second and third year students select most of their courses on their own and can choose to focus on one of the school’s formal legal concentrations – including business law, health law and bioethics, human rights law, and labor and employment law – or from other areas. Students can also complete a dual degree or joint degree through other schools at the University of Minnesota, including a J.D./MBA through the Carlson School of Management.

The Minnesota Law School has more than 20 clinical courses that offer experiential learning opportunities, and more than half of Minnesota Law students take a live-client clinical course before graduation. There school also has nearly 10 research centers and institutes, including the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences and the Human Rights Center. The law school has a unique mix of student-edited, faculty-edited, and student-and-faculty-edited law journals, including the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, and the Minnesota Journal of International Law. There are also about 40 student organizations to check out, from the International Law Society to Theatre of the Relatively Talentless, or T.O.R.T., a group that puts on an annual law school musical.

Notable alumni of the University of Minnesota Law School include Melvin Steen, a founding partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and Norris Darrell, former president of the American Law Institute.

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Year founded 1888
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (612) 625-3487
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 179
Student-faculty ratio 11.1:1
Total faculty 191

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 721
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 276


Tuition and fees

full-time: $40,058 per year (in-state)
full-time: $47,330 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $10,664


Employed at graduation2 66.1%
Median private sector starting salary $102,000
Median public service starting salary $49,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,113,317

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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