Faith

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Chapel celebrates Mass.The University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomes students, faculty and staff of all faiths, and those unconnected to organized religion. Our community includes Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Lutherans, Buddhists and Mennonites. Within our walls, all are welcome. Because we are a Catholic law school, we can be open about our beliefs. We can talk about how faith and reason can be integrated not only in the world of ideas but also in the day-to-day lives of practicing attorneys. Our faculty members challenge students to consider how they can practice law consistently with their personal convictions, including those grounded in faith. Our students are able to strengthen and refine their moral compasses while learning the law. In short, religious considerations can be put “on the table” at this Catholic law school in a way they cannot at a secular law school. Our community fosters and reflects all the views and perspectives found at a secular law school but also encourages students to share their faith perspectives.

 Faith is lived out at the School of Law in a variety of ways. Students can participate in religious services and have ample opportunity to worship in the building or within a few blocks.

The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers all the elements common to outstanding law schools across the country. We teach and learn; research, write and publish; present academic and professional speakers and host conferences. But we do it all while integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice.

Feb 03

Mid-Day Dialogue: Scripture and Authority

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join Associate Dean Joel Nichols and Fr. Dan Griffith for a mid-day dialogue as they discuss Evangelical and Catholic approaches the question of the authority of Scripture. Read More

Feb 17

Lent Reflection Series: Prayer, Almsgiving and Fasting

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Our Lenten Reflection Series encourages us to take the season of Lent seriously, to use it to deepen our faith and our discipleship in Christ. Read More

Feb 25

Discerning My Place in the World: How I Approach Decisions

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Over the course of this academic year, we will offer a series of programs on vocational discernment such topics as Recognizing my Gifts, What Brings Me Joy?, Prioritizing My Values, How I Approach Decisions, and What Happens When Things Don’t Go My Way. Read More

Feb 25

Does Believing Corrupt Thinking?

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 7-8:30 p.m.

There is a widespread assumption that intellectual inquiry is often hampered by religious belief. On this view, the religious believer must bracket her faith when she engages in intellectual inquiry. But is this widespread assumption true? In this lecture, Professor Steven Justice will argue for an alternative way of understanding religious belief in relation to intellectual inquiry in the humanities, sciences and law. Read More

Mar 03

Lent Reflection Series: Lent as a Time to Reflect on Sin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Our Lenten Reflection Series encourages us to take the season of Lent seriously, to use it to deepen our faith and our discipleship in Christ. Read More

Mar 26

Discerning My Place in the World: Recognizing My Gifts

Thursday, March 26, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Over the course of this academic year, we will offer a series of programs on vocational discernment such topics as Recognizing my Gifts, What Brings Me Joy?, Prioritizing My Values, How I Approach Decisions, and What Happens When Things Don’t Go My Way. Read More

Mar 31

Our Lenten Reflection Series encourages us to take the season of Lent seriously, to use it to deepen our faith and our discipleship in Christ. Read More

Apr 07

Mid-Day Reflection: Between Resurrection and Ascension

Tuesday, April 7, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

This Mid-Day Reflection is an invitation to enter into the joy of the Easter season, by reflecting on the experience of Jesus’ disciples’ in the period between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension. Read More

Apr 13

Over the course of this academic year, we will offer a series of programs on vocational discernment such topics as Recognizing my Gifts, What Brings Me Joy?, Prioritizing My Values, How I Approach Decisions, and What Happens When Things Don’t Go My Way. Read More

Apr 15

Mid-Day Reflection: Misconceptions Jews Have About Christians

Wednesday, April 15, 2015; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

In November, Rabbi Norman Cohen shared with us about misconceptions Christians have about Jews. In this talk, he will address misconceptions Jews have about Christians. Read More

The Reflection Period

The School of Law sets aside noon- 12:30 p.m. each day as a time of personal reflection.   Mass is celebrated daily in our chapel during this time.

There are also weekly Protestant
worship periods and Bible study offered during this time and yoga is typically offered one or two days a week.  

Students may also use the time for individual reflection.

There are also occasional midday reflections on themes ranging from Spirituality and Social Justice to Finding God in All Things. Student groups like the St. Thomas More society and the Christian Legal Society also offer periodic opportunities for faith sharing.