University of Minnesota Law School

University of Minnesota Law School

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There is a number of ways to judge the talent level of students a law school attracts: GPA, LSAT scores, five-year bar passage rate.

The University of Minnesota Law School ranks first among all the schools in the state in all three categories. It has the second highest GPA in the Upper Midwest region, and the fourth highest LSAT score. Its five-year bar passage rate of nearly 94 percent is one of the best in the area. It also has one of the best employment rates at 88.02 percent for the class of 2017. 

Given those figures, it is no surprise that it has produced 12 governors and 27 U.S. Senate and House members. One alumnus was a former U.S. Vice President, who later became the namesake of the law school’s mascot: the “Fighting Mondales.”

"Our culture encourages teamwork, problem solving, leadership and persuasion — skills that are essential beyond law school for all fields of employment,” said Dean David Wippman. “Our faculty includes some of the most accomplished scholars in the world, and our innovative curriculum emphasizes the practical skills needed for long-term success."

The University of Minnesota offers a large clinical program, with 23 clinics that are widely accessible to students and provide real-world experience. A first-year required course, Law in Practice, combined with simulation and policy development capstone courses, concentrations, externships and leadership training, prepares students for careers of their choice.

The school features semester exchange programs with other universities around the world. On the downside, it is one of the more expensive public law schools, with tuition greater than $41,000 for residents and debt approaching $100,000 for graduates. 

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75th Percentile1663.75
25th Percentile1593.48
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants84.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 91.60%
NJ Employment88.02
Bar Passage86.41%
Academic Profile
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Best Law Schools 2018: Practical Training: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Technology Law