In addition to the classic first-year core classes, Minnesota Law students are required to take a legal writing course every semester of their three years in law school. For their second and third years, students can specialize in a number of different areas, including health law, labor and employment law, and human rights law. The school also offers a dozen dual degree programs with departments all over the university.
The school doesn't have graduate housing, and students tend to live in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis as well as neighboring St. Paul. Law students' social life is split between the city attractions of Minneapolis and the campus scene, with sports and legal fraternities a major focus. Minnesota Law students also put on an annual original musical, organized by a student group called TORT, and have their own ice hockey team, the Fighting Mondales (named after one of Minnesota Law's most famous alumni, former Vice President Walter Mondale). Minnesota Law is a powerhouse in the state, and attracts employers from big firms in the Twin Cities and across the region.