Law student Lucy X. Zhao converses with guests during the School of Law Dean's Multicultural Luncheon February 12, 2014 in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the School of Law.

At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, we are focused on providing an innovative and student-centered legal education unlike any other in the country. We welcome the accolades that have come our way.

Outstanding academics

  • #2 for practical training: In 2016, St. Thomas School of Law was named the #2 law school in the country for practical training by The National Jurist.
  • #7 for best professors: St. Thomas School of Law professors are currently ranked #7 on Princeton Review’s “Best Professors” list. The faculty also made the top 10 in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
  • #35 for clinical training: St. Thomas School of Law for the second time landed on U.S. News and World Report's best law school clinical training rankings, taking our place at #35 in the nation.
  • Outstanding classroom instruction: In 2011, Dean Robert Vischer was named to National Jurist’s list of "23 Law Profs to Take Before You Die."
  • Scholarly impact: Out of 200 law schools nationwide, St. Thomas School of Law's world-class faculty rank #30 for scholarly impact, using the methodology developed by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter.

Relationship building and career support

  • #1 for employment: St. Thomas School of Law is the top law school in Minnesota for employment outcomes. A greater percentage of our Class of 2015 was employed in full-time, long-term J.D.-required and J.D.-advantage jobs 10 months post-graduation when compared to the state's other law schools.
  • #1 for externship: St. Thomas School of Law was ranked #1 in the country by National Jurist for having the most externship placements per full-time student in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Our Mentor Externship Program matches every current J.D. student with a mentor during all three years of law school.
  • #1 in alumni support: No other law school has been able to match our percentage of alumni who give to the annual fund. Our graduates believe in our mission.
  • #17 for best value: According to National Jurist, St. Thomas School of Law is the #17 Best Value Private Law School in the nation, and the top among private law schools in Minnesota. Employment is the most important factor in the ranking, accounting for 35 percent.
  • Career development support: Compared with students at other law schools, St. Thomas School of Law students report greater satisfaction with the support they receive for career and professional development.

Unbeatable student experience

  • #3 for quality of life: St. Thomas School of Law is currently ranked #3 on Princeton Review’s “Best Quality of Student Life” list. We've landed in the top 10 on this list nearly every year since 2008.
  • Measurable impact: In a nationwide survey of law students, St. Thomas School of Law students reported greater progress than students at peer schools on measures such as learning to work effectively with others, real-world problem-solving, exposure to diverse perspectives in class, and quality of relationships with faculty and other students.
  • Scholarships and support: The School of Law has raised more than $100 million in gifts and pledges to establish professorships and chairs, and to provide financial aid for students.

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