Scholarship Policy

II-6. Scholarship Policy

The University of St. Thomas School of Law awards both full and partial tuition scholarships to students admitted to the J.D. program. J.D. scholarship awards are effective for enrollment in the School of Law for a maximum of 88 credits, so as long as the student remains in Good Academic Standing as indicated in Policy III-C-1 and continues to make regular progress toward the degree.

For J.D. students entering Fall 2013 or earlier (Per Credit Tuition applies)

Full J.D. Tuition Scholarships have the following features: 

1.   Applies to all UST Law tuition in all periods of enrollment (i.e., Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer, Rome program) up to 88 credits. 

Partial J.D. Tuition Scholarships are awarded as an annual amount and have the following features: 

1.   Annual scholarship amounts will be divided evenly between fall and spring semesters. There are no exceptions to this.

2.   Will not be applied to summer session

3.   Will be available for up to three years (six semesters) or 88 credits of law school enrollment, whichever comes first.

4.   Will not exceed UST Law tuition in any given semester. 

For J.D. students entering Fall 2014 or later (Flat Rate Tuition applies) 

Full J.D. Tuition Scholarship have the following features: 

1.   Applies to all UST law tuition in all periods of enrollment (i.e., Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer, Rome program) up to 88 credits. 

Partial J.D. Tuition Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of law tuition and have the following features: 

1.   Applies to all UST law tuition at the awarded percentage in all periods of enrollment (i.e., Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer, Rome program) up to 88 credits. 

Special Situations 

J.D. Scholarships apply to up to 6 credits of approved electives taken in other UST academic units (e.g., Opus College of Business). J.D. scholarship may apply to up to 8 credits in situations where the first non-law course taken is a 4 credit course (such as languages). The second course may be 2, 3 or 4 credits and the scholarship will be applied. Click here to read the policy related to approved electives.

J.D. scholarships do not apply to tuition for courses taken in other UST academic units (i.e., Opus College of Business) when the student is admitted as a joint degree candidate. See section below for more information on how scholarships apply for students enrolled in joint degree programs. 

Consortium Courses 

Courses taken at the other local law schools under the consortium agreement are treated as UST Law courses for purposes of tuition and scholarship.  Per the consortium agreement, students are limited to no more than six credits total in such courses. 

Joint Degree Programs 

For J.D. students declaring joint degrees Fall 2013 or earlier 

1.   J.D. students enrolling Fall 2013 or earlier will be charged tuition per credit hour for all law credits if they are enrolled in a joint degree program.

2.   J.D. scholarships are only applied to law tuition with the same limitations described above. 

For J.D. students entering 2014 or later 

1.   J.D. students enrolling in Fall 2014 or later will be charged tuition under flat rate rules unless they declare a joint degree. Once a joint degree is declared, students will be charged tuition per credit hour for all law credits if they are enrolled in a joint degree program. 

2.   J.D. scholarships are only applied to law tuition with the same limitations described above. 

Example: The JD/MBA program requires a total of four years (eight semesters) of study – two all law years, one all MBA year, and one “blended” year. Full tuition scholarships will apply to all UST law tuition. Partial scholarships awarded as an annual amount(students entering Fall 2013 or earlier) will be limited to three years (six semesters) of study (two law years, one “blended” year) and will not exceed UST law tuition in any given semester. Partial J.D. scholarships awarded as a percentage of law tuition (students entering Fall 2014 or later) will be applied to UST Law tuition at the awarded percentage in all periods which include law enrollment up to a maximum of 76 law credit hours. 

J.D./LL.M. programs 

1.   J.D. students enrolling in Fall 2014 or subsequent semesters under flat rate tuition and later enroll in an LL.M. degree program wil be charged tuition at the flat rate for any semester(s) in which they are enrolled for 12-17 law credits and when total credits earned or anticipated include the first 88 credits. For each semester after 88 credits are earned, the student will be charged per credit tuition. 

Example: A student finishes fall semester with 80 credits and enrolls in 14 credits for spring semester. Because the spring semester includes the final 8 credits required for the J.D. degree, the student will be charged at the flat rate because she is enrolled in 14 credits. Subsequent semesters will be charged at the per credit rate. 

2.   Students first enrolling Fall 2013 or earlier in dual degree programs will be charged tuition per credit hour for all law credits. 

3.   J.D. scholarships will only be applied to the first 88 credits of a J.D./LL.M. candidate’s tuition. 

The J.D./LL.M. in Compliance requires a total of 100 credit hours for UST Law J.D. students and UST Law J.D. graduates (depending on courses taken for the J.D.). 

a.   Full J.D. tuition scholarships will apply to the first 88 credit hours required for the dual degree; it will not apply to the final 12 credit hours required to complete the LL.M. portion of the dual degree. 

b.   Partial J.D. tuition scholarships awarded as an annual amount will apply to the first three years (six semesters) of enrollment. 

c.   Partial J.D. tuition scholarships awarded as a percentage of law tuition will apply to the first 88 credits attempted. 

Example: A student finishes fall semester with 80 credits and enrolls in 14 credits for spring semester. Because the spring semester includes the final 8 credits required for the J.D. degree, the student will be charged at the flat rate because she is enrolled in 14 credits. Subsequent semesters will be charged at the per credit rate. 

Calculations:

i.    Full-tuition scholarship – Flat rate divided by 14 x 8 credits toward J.D. – scholarship amount credited: $18,422 divided by 14 = $1,315.86 x 8 credits = $10,526.88 

ii.   Partial-tuition scholarship (annual amount) – semester amount applies so long as it does not exceed per-credit rate x 8 credits and is within the first 6 semesters of enrollment. Maximum scholarship would be $1,256 x 8 credits = $10,048. 

iii.  Partial-tuition scholarship (percentage) – Flat rate divided by 14 x 8 credits toward J.D. x scholarship percentage = scholarship amount credited. If 75% scholarship: $18,422 divided by 14 = $1,315.86 x 8 credits = $10,526.88 x 75% = $7,895.16

 Revised November 25, 2013
Revised November 3, 2014

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