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University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
by Akbar Ali
- J.D./M.P.A. (Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration)
- J.D./M.P.P. (Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy)
- J.D./M.P. (Juris Doctor and Master of Planning)
- J.D./M.B.T. (Juris Doctor and Master of Business Taxation)
- J.D./M.U.R.P. (Juris Doctor and Master of Urban and Regional Planning)
- J.D./M.P.H. (Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health)
Tuition for the 2007-2008 school year was $20,000 for Minnesota residents and $29,500 for non-residents. Room, board, and other miscellaneous costs bring the total yearly expenditure for residents to an estimated $38,974 and $48,474 for non-residents.
Students are able to apply for a number of loans, grants, scholarships, and private funding, which can be arranged through the school's financial aid office. 45 percent of incoming students receive a minimum of $2,500 from law scholarships.
Currently, the law school serves about 860 students with 61 full-time and 110 adjunct professors. The current student-faculty ratio stands at 13:1.
The school is also home to the nation's eighth-largest law library, housing over 1 million volumes and volume equivalents.
More than half of all law students enroll in at least one live-client clinical course. The school offers 19 clinical education courses, which include the following:
- Child Advocacy
- Civil Practice
- Consumer Protection
- Domestic Assault Prosecution
- Domestic Felony Prosecution
- Domestic Violence
- Federal Defense
- Innocence Project
- Indian Child Welfare
- Minnesota Multi-Professional Business Law
- Misdemeanor Defense
- Misdemeanor Prosecution
- Public Interest Law
- Special Education
- Workers' Rights
- Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice
- Minnesota Law Review
- Minnesota Journal of International Law
- Constitutional Commentary
- Crime and Justice
- Minnesota Journal of Business Law and Entrepreneurship
- Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
Notable alumni from Minnesota Law include a large number of state leaders and lawmakers, the most prominent of whom is Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States, 1984 Democratic presidential nominee, and ambassador to Japan. The campus's main building was renamed Walter F. Mondale Hall in 2002. Other notable graduates include Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Russell A. Anderson, Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Kathleen A. Blatz, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Judge Diana E. Murphy, and Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress.
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