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A Vibrant Business and Legal Community

The Twin Cities is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, major public corporations and large private companies, providing a vibrant business community and programming opportunities for the University of Minnesota Law School. The success of our program is reflected in the many Law School alumni who hold top positions at leading companies worldwide, including 3M, Best Buy, Cargill, Citibank, Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Marriott International, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft Corporation, Piper Jaffray, Target Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Bancorp and many others.

Outstanding Twin Cities law firms partner in success with these companies at all levels of development. From international full-service firms to specialized intellectual property, M&A and business litigation boutiques, these law firms provide superior service to the business community and primary support to the Law School and its business law programs.

An Area of Excellence

Building upon the strength of an internationally recognized business law faculty, the newly established Corporate Institute combines new programs and current business-oriented activities to establish an area of excellence at the University of Minnesota Law School:

  • Business Law Concentration and Certification, preparing students for a wide range of careers in business
  • Business Law LL.M. Program, providing unique business-focused opportunities for foreign lawyers
  • Leadership Foundations Program, offering students essential leadership skills to enhance their legal studies
  • Business Law Clinic, providing practice experience with Minnesota business clients
  • Dual JD/MBA Degree Program with the Carlson School of Management, a top-ranked business school in the U.S.
  • Corporate Externship Program, placing students in legal departments in Minnesota corporations
  • "Taking Care of Business" Speaker Series, bringing alumni and other luminaries in the business world to the Law School for instructional and informal discussion of best practices
  • Business Law Association, providing social, networking, and career-related opportunities for students, alumni and faculty
  • Study Abroad programs in Milan, Italy, and Hamburg, Germany, focusing on business law




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Executive Director
David F. Fisher

John H. Matheson

Associate Director
Kristin E. Hickman