|University of St. Thomas School of Law|
(First graduating class 2004 )
|Dean||Robert K. Vischer|
|Location|| Minneapolis, Minnesota, US |
|USNWR ranking||126th (2022)|
|Bar pass rate||81.54%|
The University of St. Thomas School of Law is one of the professional graduate schools of University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, United States. It is one of three law schools in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. It currently enrolls 434 students. St. Thomas Law is accredited by the American Bar Association.It is also a member of The Association of American Law Schools. The University of St. Thomas School of Law is the second highest ranked law school in Minnesota amongst the state's three law schools. Founded in 1999, the School of Law graduated its first class in 2004.
St. Thomas Law was founded in 1923, but closed in 1933 in the wake of the Great Depression.The law school re-opened in 1999 with a class of 120 students in the fall of 2001. David T. Link, then dean of Notre Dame Law School, was named founding dean of St. Thomas School of Law in July 2001. St. Thomas Law was accredited by the American Bar Association in 2006 and became a member of the American Association of Law Schools in 2012.
St. Thomas Law is located in downtown Minneapolis. The 158,000 square foot building opened in 2003, and sits at the corner of 11th Street and LaSalle Avenue. The $34.8 million building includes a four-story atrium, a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) law library, a two-story chapel, and a classically designed moot court room. The law school is connected by skyway to the downtown Minneapolis legal and business communities.
Students at St. Thomas Law participate in a mentor externship program where students are partnered with lawyers and judges to experience the law in practice. St. Thomas Law is one of just two law schools in the country that offer more externships than full-time enrollment.In 2005, the Mentor Externship Program was awarded the prestigious E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism. It was ranked the #1 law school in the nation for having the most externship placements per full-time student in 2010, 2011 and 2013. (The Mentor Externship Program matches each J.D. student with a mentor during all three years of law school.)
In 2016, for the first time, St. Thomas Law ranked in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Clinics" at #27.
According to St. Thomas's ABA-required employment disclosures, 54.9% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, bar-passage required jobs within 9 months of graduation.St. Thomas Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 21.7%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2016 who were unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term or part-time job 10 months after graduation.
Tuition at St. Thomas School of Law for the 2016–17 academic year is $39,870. The estimated cost-of-living for St. Thomas students is $20,641.
The 434-member student body at St. Thomas Law represents a wide range of experiences and beliefs. The population is made up of recent undergraduates as well as established professionals who are making a change into a legal career.
The JD class of 2019 is made up of 131 students. 47% are female and 53% are male. 16% of the class represents minority students. The median undergraduate GPA was a 3.35 and the median LSAT score was 153. Roughly 50% of the student body identifies as Catholic.
St. Thomas Law is best known for its emphasis on relationships, practical training and social justice. The school offers the three-year Juris Doctor, as well as combined degrees: the JD/MBA, the JD/MA in Catholic studies, the JD/MSW and the JD/LLM in organizational ethics and compliance. St. Thomas Law also offers master's and LL.M. programs in organizational ethics and compliance, and an LL.M. in U.S. Law. Beginning in January 2018, it will offer an online LL.M. program in organizational ethics and compliance.
Some of the most popular programs of study include courses in the areas of family and community law, public policy, civil procedure, advocacy, environmental law, international law, as well as human rights law. St. Thomas Law students are placed at the top firms and companies in the Midwest through the On Campus Interview program and through the extensive mentorship program. The school has a 12.8:1 student to faculty ratio.
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