University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
by Akbar Ali
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<<The University of Minnesota Law School offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.), a Master of Laws (LL.M.), a Master of Laws in American Law in China, and a series of joint degrees through the Law, Health, and Life Sciences Program, which include the following:
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)
Admission to the law school is considered highly selective: only 259 students enrolled out of a total of 2,691 applications for the 2007-2008 academic year. The median LSAT score for this class was 165, with the 25th- and 75th-percentile scores ranging from 163 to167. The median GPA was 3.55, with the 25th- and 75th-percentile averages coming in at 3.28 and 3.78.
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:
Domestic Assault Prosecution
Domestic Felony Prosecution
Indian Child Welfare
Minnesota Multi-Professional Business Law
Public Interest Law
Minnesota Law also publishes a number of legal journals every year, among them:
Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice
Minnesota Law Review
Minnesota Journal of International Law
Crime and Justice
Minnesota Journal of Business Law and Entrepreneurship
Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
The school has a very high rate of passage of the bar exam. In the summer of 2006, it was recorded as 97.28%. For the class of 2005, 98.8% of students were employed within nine months of graduation, with 55% entering into private practice. Judicial clerkships (19.1%), government posts (7.8%), business and industry legal positions (11.3%), public interest positions (3.9%), and academic positions (2.6%) made up the remainder of jobs.
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.