From the School

St. Thomas University School of Law is a highly-regarded student-centered law school where diversity is cherished, a commitment to human rights and international law flourishes, and the Catholic heritage of social justice enhances the education of all faiths.

One of the greatest strengths of our law school is the profound sense of community shared by students, faculty, and administration. St. Thomas Law is a leader in diversity, boasting one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the country. This global diversity, within such a close-knit community, facilitates a cosmopolitan learning environment where intellectual discovery thrives.

A hallmark of St. Thomas Law is our emphasis on practical training, student engagement, social justice, and ethical behavior. Our students and alumni have a deep sense of justice and charity, and fully utilize their education and experience to lead the way in making our legal system one that truly champions the rights of the powerless.

Overview

From The School

The Law School Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant's potential for excellence in the study of law. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and undergraduate grade point average are factors; the committee also considers course of study, graduate degrees, work experience, community service, and so forth.

St. Thomas also offers an alternative process for admission for a select group of candidates through our Summer Conditional Admit Program. The Program targets candidates who demonstrate excellent qualitative credentials but lack certain quantitative measurements. Successful candidates are offered admission to the law school for that year's fall entering class.

Applicants
1,001
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.02
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
218

Test Scores

LSAT
144 - 151

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
June 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$40

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School

Degrees Offered

St. Thomas University School of Law offers the traditional J.D. degree, several joint degrees, an LL.M. and J.S.D. degree and an LL.M in Environmental Sustainability. Our joint degree program includes:

J.D./M.B.A. or M.S. in Sports Administration; J.D./M.B.A. in International Business; J.D./M.B.A. in Accounting; and, J.D./M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling.

St. Thomas University School of Law also offers advanced degrees: the LL.M. and the J.S.D. in Intercultural Human Rights and the LL.M. in Environmental Sustainability.

J.D. students are able to enroll in the classes offered through the LL.M. programs and can earn Certificates in Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability.

Faculty

The faculty at St. Thomas is committed to teaching, research and service. Our exceptional faculty members have earned law degrees from some of the nation's most prestigious institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and New York University and many hold advance degrees. They are leaders in their fields with impressive records of publication in top law reviews and extensive practical experience.

A hallmark of the St. Thomas experience is the genuinely close relationship between faculty and students. Because of this relationship St. Thomas Law ranked 4th in the country for "Best Quality of Life" in the 2011 Princeton Reviews’ Best 172 Law Schools (2011 edition).

Special Programs

St. Thomas University School of Law is committed to student success both in law school and beyond. Using an interactive and cooperative approach to learning, the Academic Support and Legal Research and Writing Programs emphasize the practical skills required for the successful practice of law.

Additionally, St. Thomas Law has a national reputation for its Appellate and Trial Advocacy Programs.

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
91

40
Female
30
Minority


Students Say

St. Thomas University School of Law offers “a small, tight-knit community” that truly wants to see its students thrive and succeed. The school takes a practical approach to teaching law and students are quick to highlight the legal writing department, which they view as an “asset.” Indeed, the in-depth curriculum requires “a closed memo, open memo, motion for summary judgment, client letter, affidavit, service lists, statement of the facts, complaint and answer to the complaint, interrogatories, request for admissions, request for documents, summons, and appeals brief (and argument in the presence of three judges).” As one second-year continues, “Legal writing [is] the cornerstone of [your] career. Therefore, the standards for memos, motions, etc. are high.”
Moreover, law students here speak glowingly about their “tremendously helpful and supportive” professors. The vast majority seems to maintain “an open door policy,” which really “allows students to visit professors freely to ask questions and review problems.” Additionally many truly appreciate how STU professors “push their students to achieve legal and social excellence.” Indeed, “they are always there to offer whatever they can to help students, which is always well researched or spoken from their extensive experience.” This praise also extends to the administration, which tends to “greet the students with open arms and typically by first name.” Impressively, they also operate under an open door policy, which “helps cater to the needs of students (ex: extending library hours during final exams).” As a second-year brags, “Anything the students want/need, the students feel free to bring up to the administration for their consideration.“
STU also provides “great” research facilities and on-campus resources. One second-year elaborates, “Not only do we have Westlaw and LexisNexis, we have access to other great databases such as JSTOR and HeinOnline. Campus offers unlimited, free printing which is helping when writing your law review comment and/or seminar paper.” Even better, “The staff in the library is ALWAYS around to help. They will meet with you for however long you need; it is like having your own personal library assistant there for you along the way.”
Students here are also extremely grateful for the professional opportunities a St. Thomas education affords them. As one second year elaborates, “The externship programs and on-campus interviews brought in from career services is phenomenal. The school places students in trial, appellate, and supreme courts for both state and federal systems.” Another pleased student agrees, “The reputation that our school has in South Miami has helped place these students in the judicial clerkships and various public offices (state attorney and public defenders).” Further, St. Thomas has “a unique relationship with the Pax Romana of the United Nations. Therefore, students can be selected to go to New York to the UN headquarters for a unique experience with ambassadors and diplomats.”

Career overview

From The School

St. Thomas Law provides first-rate career services that result in successful and rewarding employment for our graduates, whether their goals are to enter into private law practice, government, business and industry, or public interest areas of law. St. Thomas Law graduates are partners in major national law firms.

Median Starting Salary
$52,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
68%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
74%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
50

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Cole Scott & Kissane; Greenspoon Marder; Rumberger Kirk Caldwell; Rubenstein Law; Lydecker Diaz; Peyton Bolin, P.L; State Attorney's Office (Miami Dade Broward Palm Beach); Public Defender's Office (Miami Dade Broward Palm Beach) Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Javier Ley-Soto
Legal Counsel, Miami Dade College

Jennifer J. Wioncek
Partner, Bilzin Sumberg

Viviana Arango Loshak
Shareholder, Fowler White Burnett

The Honorable Georgina Picos
Federal Immigration Judge (TX)

Frances Guasch De La Guardia
Partner, Holland & Knight

Overview

From The School

Tuition & Fees for 2015-16: $39,178. St. Thomas Law's tuition and fees includes the student's choice of bar review program from a selected list of providers.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$50,000

% Students Receiving Some Aid
96%

Direct Lender
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,992
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$18,500
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$17,600
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,800
Fees
$2,290

Overall

From The School

St. Thomas University School of Law offers a rich student life. With more than twenty student organizations to choose from, students easily find activities that appeal to their interests. Students also enjoy the wealth of activities, cultural and sporting events, and nightlife offered in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
591
Parent Institution Enrollement
2,517

Average Age at Entry
27

% Out-of-State
5%
% International
2%

Demographics

70.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

97% are full time
3% are part time
57% female
44% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“This law school is very diverse.” In fact, it’s one of the most ethnically diverse bastions of legal education in the country. There is a very high Hispanic student enrollment. There is also “a substantial number of second-career types as well as attorneys from Latin American and other countries who are revalidating their degrees” in the United States. “About half of the student body came to St. Thomas via the ‘traditional’ student method,” estimates a 1L, “and the other half is a little older and brings a wide range of practical understandings. This dichotomy leads to some truly enlightening classroom discussions.” Some students explain, “There is a good deal of competition” academically. Others say that students “join forces” and share notes regularly and copiously at exam time.
STU is situated on the main campus of the larger university in a suburb between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Some students tell us the location is “not so good.” The cost of living in these parts isn’t the cheapest, either. On the plus side, the weather in South Florida is “very relaxing” virtually year-round, and the Floridian campus boasts palm trees, ponds, and tennis courts. The area also offers tons of activities and nightlife. Bars, restaurants, shopping and cuisine are all world-class and, of course, “you always have the beaches.” Perhaps more importantly, students at STU are privy to “rich experiences” and “fantastic events.” A pleased third-year proudly shares, “Our Law Review [has] hosted a tremendous symposium on Media and the Law, in which Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson was the keynote speaker.” Additionally, “[one] semester, Justice Scalia came and talked to our school.” St. Thomas Law hosts many alumni networking opportunities, affording students chances to network with the bench and bar. Socially, there are “enough student organizations to find something you like.” This law school is a pretty tight-knit place too. “Close relationships” are easily formed, and students know pretty much everyone in their class year. Also, “The school design invites socialization.” “There is a breezeway always full of students talking and hanging out, sharing thoughts, and talking about the professors and classes.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

From The School


Campus and Location

St. Thomas University School of Law's location in Miami, Florida, provides an ideal setting for the study of law. Miami is a vibrant, thriving international community. As a hub of domestic and international trade, an innovative center for fine arts and one of the world's most popular vacation spots, Miami is a dynamic place to live and study. Miami enjoys a rapidly expanding multinational legal community and is home to federal and state trial and appellate courts.

Facilities

The law school is designed to provide our students with an outstanding environment for learning the law. Computers and printers are in abundant supply throughout the law library. The law library offers Internet access to online databases and has been a leader in applying technology to legal education. Our wireless network allows students to conduct Internet-based research from anywhere on the law school's campus. Our classrooms and Moot Court Room have all been recently renovated.

Contact
305-623-2310
Asst. Dean for Enrollment & Scholarships

Address
16401 Northwest 37th Avenue
Miami, FL 33054

Phone
305-623-2310

Email
admitme@stu.edu