University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Law School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Law School

North America Schools

The University of Minnesota Law School is a top-tier public law school located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Founded in 1888, the Law School has a long and proud tradition of excellence in legal education, scholarship and service to the community. The Law School offers students access to an outstanding faculty, rigorous coursework and a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum includes traditional courses such as constitutional law, criminal procedure and torts, as well as cutting-edge courses such as international human rights law, health care regulation, digital media law and intellectual property. The school also has strong clinical programs that allow students to gain hands-on experience working on real cases with real clients. The University of Minnesota Law School is consistently ranked among the best law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Law School, an accredited law program in the United States.

Established: 1888
School type: Public law school
Parent endowment: $5.4 billion (2022) (system-wide)
Dean: Garry W. Jenkins
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Enrollment: 704 (Professional) (Spring 2022)
Faculty: 31 (full-time law faculty) (Fall 2021)
USNWR ranking: 21st (2023)

Ranking: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota Law School has consistently been ranked among the best law schools in the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, it is currently ranked 18th in the nation for its overall academic excellence. This ranking reflects its commitment to providing students with an outstanding legal education, preparing them for successful careers in a wide range of practice areas. The school also has strong specialty programs, such as the nationally recognized Intellectual Property Law program and the Corporate Law Center. The faculty is comprised of distinguished scholars and practitioners who have expertise in all areas of law, ensuring that students receive a comprehensive education relevant to their interests and goals. Additionally, the school offers numerous clinical opportunities for hands-on experience and professional skills training, as well as externships with leading employers in Minnesota and beyond.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score 66
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 3.5
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 3.7
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.29-3.82
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 163-167
Overall acceptance rate 30.2%
Student/faculty ratio 12.6
Graduates employed at graduation 85.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 98.9%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 98.6%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MN
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 93.0%

Tuition & Scholarships: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Law School offers an affordable education for those looking to pursue a law degree. Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $30,878 for Minnesota residents and $45,938 for non-residents. The tuition rate does not include additional costs such as books and fees. The school also offers a variety of scholarship opportunities including merit-based awards, need-based grants, and loan programs. Merit-based awards are awarded to students based on their academic performance prior to enrolling in the law school. Need-based grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Loan programs are available to help students pay for the costs associated with attending law school. Additionally, the school participates in federal student aid programs such as Pell Grants and Federal Work Study. These programs provide additional financial assistance to eligible students.

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline N/A
Financial aid director Julie Tigges
Financial aid telephone (612) 625-3487
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition In-state, full-time: $24,686 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $35,089 per year
Room and board N/A
Books N/A
Miscellaneous expenses N/A
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 39.6%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 19.2%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 0.9%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.7%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $5,000
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $8,000
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $12,000
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) N/A
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $81,917
Proportion who borrowed 74.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? Yes

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Law School