University of Minnesota Law School

General Info

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The University of Minnesota Law School, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a professional school of the University of Minnesota. Founded in 1888, the Law School is consistently ranked among the top 20 law schools in the nation (according to U.S. News & World Report) and has a reputation for turning out outstanding lawyers and public servants. With approximately 870 students, the Law School maintains a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Admission into the Law School is highly competitive. All first-year classes are graded on a curve. Most upper-level classes are graded on a curve as well; only those classes with the smallest of enrollments are relieved of the curve. The five-year average bar exam passage rate is 99.18%.

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UMN Law School Admissions

UMN Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 45% of its applicants. Comparatively, Minnesota is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1978 879 (44.44%) 174 (8.8%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.48 3.79 3.90
LSAT 158 164 166

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $42,231 $50,373
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $16,166
  • Living off-campus: $16,166
  • Living at home: $4,700

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 07/15
  • Application Fee: $75

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UMN Law School Community

UMN Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Minnesota is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 60
  • Part Time: 139


  • # Female Faculty: 84
  • # Minority Faculty: 16


10.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UMN Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UMN Law School 1L section size is 32% larger than law schools in Minnesota and 36% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UMN Law School: 206
Minnesota Average: 141
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 684
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 223

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 216
  • Law Journals: 218
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 9.3%
  • Second Year: 1.2%
  • Third Year: 1.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UMN Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UMN Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 91% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 84.2%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 44.0%
  • Business: 10.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 8.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Minnesota: 60%
  • California: 6%
  • District Of Columbia: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 84.2%
  • First Time Takers: 247
  • Average School: 84.6%
  • Average State: 81.4%
  • Pass Difference: 3.2%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Minnesota: 83.7%
  • Passed: 133 of 148 (89.9%)
  • State Average: 81.4%
  • Difference: 6.2%