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Top Law Schools in Minnesota

A full list of the best law schools in Minnesota can be located by residents and non-residents alike using our vast digital library. The list of law schools below can be used to find schools of interest as you build you list of top colleges to attend. Alternatively, we have built a search platform that allows you to input criteria that is important to you and cull the list of accredited colleges in that fashion. Ranking law schools in Minnesota will take analysis and introspection to ascertain your strengths, weaknesses, and academic acuity. Criteria you may find important in a law program can include financial aid trends, tuition, alumni strength, geographic location, enrollment trends, and class size. Filtering schools by criteria that is vital to you will help you get matched to schools that fit you best.

Students can also dive into our law degree portal to understand degree and career options from an academic standpoint. Tackling the law school quandary by school and degree will give you a perspective that may prove beneficial. Given the competitive nature of law schools in Minnesota, expect applicants to perform well on the LSAT, hold a high GPA, and carry a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study like criminal justice, criminology, public policy, or economics. At the completion of the program, a JD degree will be conferred to graduates before being eligible to sit for the state bar examination. Helpful Minnesota state law associations include: Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA), and Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Detailed List of Law Schools in Minnesota (4 Schools)

Only law schools accredited by the American Bar Association - Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar are listed below. Other law schools may also exist in Minnesota, however they are may not listed here.

Schools are sorted by size with the largest school first, based on the number of law students graduating each year.

Visit the website for University of Minnesota - Twin Cities at

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1923
  • About 240 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $41,000 per year (Nonresidents: $50,000)

Visit the website for William Mitchell College of Law at

Program Details

  • About 230 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $40,000 per year

Visit the website for University of St Thomas at St Paul at

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1988
  • About 140 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $19,000 per year

Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN

Visit the website for Hamline University at

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1975
  • About 110 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $41,000 per year

Average attorney salaries in Minnesota range between $52,000 to $144,000. The variety of employment options available to lawyers can result in a very broad pay range, however here is a list of average salaries from areas across Minnesota.

  • Duluth: $99,000
  • Rochester: $77,000
  • St. Cloud: $110,000
  • Mankato, North Mankato: $97,000
  • Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington: $138,000

Lawyer's in Minnesota Compared to Median Income Averages

+290% Above State Median Income

+260% Above National Median Income

Lawyer's in Minnesota take home an average 64.13 per hour. Annual earnings for Lawyer's working in the State of Minnesota average $133,390 which is 290% above the state median income and 260% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Lawyer makes up just 0.37% of the working population in Minnesota and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Lawyers coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Minnesota.

Average Income for a Lawyer in Minnesota

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Minnesota Lawyer 10,450 $64.13 $133,390
State Average 2,869,200 $16.46 $34,236.80
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $64.13
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Minnesota in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective lawyer school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.