Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota (UofM) is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is a both a public teaching university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and a primary research institution, with faculty of national and international reputation. Twenty Nobel Prizes have a known University of Minnesota connection, five of which have been awarded to alumni, and the most recent being awarded to a faculty member in 2007. The nearly 375,000 living alumni of the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota are spread out all over the United States and world, as demonstrated by the over 70 geographical chapter areas maintained by the Alumni Association. UofM students have been awarded five Rhodes scholarships, and since 1988, 94 UofM faculty have received Fulbright Scholarships to research overseas. Today, with over 66,000 students and 4,000 faculty taking part in over 370 degree programs, these lists grow longer each year.
The Law School
As a top public law school in the United States, the Law School has an excellent reputation, both nationally and internationally. Our faculty have studied and taught globally and our alumni have gone on to successful careers in locations all over the world.
Among U.S. law schools, the quality of our faculty is ranked eleventh, and their productivity is ranked ninth. The faculty specializes in diverse legal areas such as international and comparative law, business, securities regulation, property, international trade, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, jurisprudence, civil and criminal procedure, and human rights. Our student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1, ensuring that students have the maximum opportunity to interact with their professors both inside and outside the classroom. Our law library is the eighth largest law library in the United States. It contains over 1,000,000 volumes and volume equivalents. It is open to students 24 hours a day for study or research.
Our alumni are proof of the quality of education that occurs at the Law School. The Law School has almost 12,000 alumni spread throughout the nation and world, working in all 50 U.S. states and over 68 countries. Our alumni have been U.S. vice presidents, executives at fortune 500 companies, judges, and faculty at institutions all over the world.