Overview

Applicants
478
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.36
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
131

Test Scores

LSAT
149 - 156

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
August 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

Founded in 1999, the University of St. Thomas School of Law is a small, practice-oriented Catholic school in downtown Minneapolis that emphasizes professional formation and the education of the whole person. Both the administration and the faculty “are dedicated to living the school’s mission” and recognize that “the foundation for a good law school is empowering strong students to become great lawyers.” Through this focus on service and social justice a community is forged, and each student’s education is made into “a collaborative experience.”
The school’s youth is also one of its main assets; as legal education deals with the challenges ahead, the law school “is committed to continuing to educate students who want to become great lawyers and legal advocates.” Students say that St. Thomas “is able to bring in intelligent students each year” and the quality of the classes and student body “has not been sacrificed to maintain enrollment.” Although some “upper level courses are not offered every semester,”and “the more coveted classes are hard to get into,” the school has substantially expanded the range of courses and added sections of popular classes.
The professors here are all “outstanding,” “welcoming,” and “available,” with “incredibly impressive résumés” and a love of teaching. They “go above and beyond what is required in order to help students succeed,” and “it creates a very stimulating environment.” “They want to be there and they care about our futures and our ability to grasp the information.” “St. Thomas puts time and effort into recruiting some of the best legal minds in the nation and it is shown by my own understanding of the material,” says a satisfied 2L.
There are numerous ways students can get their legal feet wet while at the school: “There are at least four externship programs, ten or so clinics, numerous classes with hands-on components, and a wealth of legal volunteering opportunities so that every student that wants practical legal experience can get it.” “My overall academic experience was excellent—I got a solid foundation in legal basics, and I had multiple hands-on experiences,” says a 3L. Students similarly want to help one another and “don’t foster a cutthroat competition that may be present at other schools.”
The administration is “generally quite good” and everything at UST runs relatively smoothly. Proximity to downtown Minneapolis is also a huge boon to the student body’s professional development, and the school has steadily gained a reputation in the Twin Cities legal community for producing “great ethical lawyers.” Not only are the students prepared to do the right thing, but through the experiential learning and practical experiences available, “UST graduates already have the work experience to save employers time and money training them.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
73%
Median Starting Salary
$61,828
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
92%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
59%

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
30

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Dorsey & Whitney Faegre Baker Daniels Fredrikson & Byron State of Minnesota US Bancorp UnitedHealth Group Hennepin County Attorney's Office

Graduates Employed by Area

1%
Military

Graduates Employed by Region

1%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic
1%
Mountain
1%
South West

Prominent Alumni

Emily Johnson Piper
Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Jennifer Lohse
General Counsel, Hazelden Foundation

Charles Dolson
Executive Director, Red Lake Band of Chippewa

Laura Hammargren
Partner, Mayer Brown

Johanna Clyborne
Brigadier General, Minnesota Army National Guard

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Jul 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$45,219

% Students Receiving Some Aid
99%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,708
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$18,547
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,650
Fees
$369

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
365
Parent Institution Enrollement
9,983

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
11
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
38%
% International
2%

Demographics

15.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

98% are full time
2% are part time
52% female
48% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The new facility (including the library) is “beautiful and well-maintained,” with “very modern technology;” it was designed “to serve the changing needs of legal education for years to come.” The layout of the building is “excellent” as “it allows students and faculty to meet and mingle throughout the day,” and the downtown location provides “excellent access to events, seminars, [and] internships.” “If we could get rid of the polar vortex winter conditions, we’d all be grateful,” a student adds. The underlying Catholic values of the school really do help to foster a community atmosphere, and students are adamant about the law school being “a truly friendly environment.” However, for those who are not Catholic, know that “it is not pressed upon the students, and is not included in the classroom on topics where religion is not a central factor.” “Everyone here—not just the deans, professors, and admissions and registrar staff, but even the custodians, cafeteria employees, and the security personnel—strives to create a community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” says a student.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Cari Haaland
Assistant Dean for Admissions and International Programs

Address
1000 LaSalle Avenue
MSL 124
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone
651-962-4895

Email
lawschool@stthomas.edu