Explore Law

What Is Law, and Where Can It Take You?

Law school is most often a three-year, full-time program that results in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. To practice law in the United States, lawyers must first attend law school, obtain a J.D., and then pass the bar examination in at least one state (normally the state in which the individual intends to practice). 

Alternative Paths in Law

While not everyone who goes to law school intends to actually practice law, that particular career path is the most common one. But there are many alternative paths to consider, too, from two perspectives:

There are many possibilities, a fact that can be both liberating and overwhelming. That’s why it’s critical for you to explore the law school option thoroughly before you make any final decisions about whether to pursue it.

If you do decide that you ultimately want to go to law school, though, you will begin your journey as a Pre-Law student here at the University of Minnesota.