Founded in 1888, the Law School is consistently ranked among the top 20 law schools in the nation, with the current rank of 19th in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Schools" rankings and 18th in the U.S. News & World Report "Law Firm Recruiters Rank Best Law Schools" rankings; tied with UCLA and USC. The school maintains its competitive rankings despite a small number of very large law firms in its region. The Law School maintains a 10.9:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Admission into the Law School is highly competitive. The Law School offers one of the nation's largest and most distinguished programs of clinical education.
The University of Minnesota Law School's LL.M. Program provides foreign lawyers with a rigorous academic experience, exposing them to a broad array of legal skills and knowledge. Applicants must have a law degree from a law school outside of the United States. Additionally, preference is given to individuals with two or more years of work experience.
Joint and Dual Degree Programs
University of Minnesota students may gain valuable interdisciplinary training by simultaneously pursuing a law degree and another University graduate or professional degree. These innovative "dual"; and "joint" degree programs enable students to tailor their education to suit future career goals. Two types of degree combinations are available: "Dual degrees" and "joint degrees." " Joint degree" options, administered by the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences, allow students to pursue interdisciplinary study in cutting-edge health and life science fields such as Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacology, and Health Care Administration, among others. In order to pursue two degrees, students must apply separately to the Law School and to the other degree program. Each school makes independent admission decisions using its own standards.
Study Abroad Programs
The Law School offers a number of study abroad opportunities and, in 2006 opened a summer study program for J.D. students in Beijing.
The school produces a number of scholarly journals. Those that are edited by students include Minnesota Law Review (the 10th most cited legal journal), Law and Inequality and Minnesota Journal of International Law. Faculty edited journals include Constitutional Commentary , Crime and Justice , Minnesota Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship , and Minnesota Journal of Law Science and Technology . 175 students participate on a journal each year. Students at the Law School also regularly publish the humorous newsletter and harbinger of Thursday night activities, The Bar Review Weekly.
The world-class Law School Library contains more than 1 million volumes and ranks seventh in size among law school libraries in the United States. The library has been ranked the fourth-best law library in the United States by the National Jurist.
The library houses one of the world's most outstanding collections for foreign, comparative and international law, and international human rights. It also maintains a magnificent collection of rare books and other valuable legal materials, and is a national leader in the integration of electronic resources into a traditional legal research environment.
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