Registration

Registration for fall 2014 is April 15 and 16. Incoming 1L students are manually registered in courses by the registrar and do not need to take special steps regarding registration.

If you have a hold on your account, you will be unable to register. Contact the business office to make arrangements to have the hold released.

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Course Schedule

Required Courses

  • You must take all required first-year and upper-level courses. In order to meet Graduation Requirements, you must complete 88 total credit hours, and complete the upper-level writing program, public service program and Mentor Externship program.
  • Professional Responsibility and Lawyering Skills III are required during your 2L year. If you do not take these classes in the fall of your 2L year, you must take them in the spring.
  • You must register for the Mentor Externship Program course (2L section LAW 930 or a 3L section LAW 933). The seminar counts as 1 credit for the year, calculated as 0 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring. You must sign up for the same section both terms.

Bar Courses & the Uniform Bar Exam

One consideration in selecting courses is whether a course covers material that will be tested on the bar examination. While each state governs admission to its own bar, there has been a movement among several states (including Minnesota) toward the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE Memo contains important information on what the UBE might mean for you. The last page of the memo also lists courses that are covered on the UBE. 

The UBE will no longer test Credit and Payment Devices after July 2014.

The School of Law generally offers bar courses once each academic year – and typically twice if the course also is a required part of our curriculum. 

Non-UST Law Courses

Law school policies permit you to receive credits for courses outside UST Law, but limit the number of credits permitted. Read these policies carefully, and contact Registrar Jill Akervik or Associate Dean Joel Nichols with questions.

Course Load

  • You will take 12-16 credits full time each fall and spring semester, and up to 7 credits in the summer. Flexible scheduling options are available; contact Associate Dean Nichols for more information. Also see Academic Policy III-A-2.
  • The required Mentor Externship course will count as 1 credit toward your course load each spring semester.

Wait Lists

You may add your name to a wait list for only two courses that have otherwise closed. If you place yourself on more, you will be removed from them. If a spot opens up in a course, Registrar Jill Akervik will contact you by email, and you will have 24 hours to respond before she offers the spot to the next person on the list. Waitlists are processed weekly.  

Course Cancellations

If, after completion of registration, enrollment in any course is so low that offering the course is not justified, the School of Law may cancel the course. You will be informed if a course you registered for has been cancelled, and you will be given the opportunity to enroll in any course for which enrollment limits have not been satisfied.

Adding & Dropping Courses

For information on adding and dropping courses, see Policy III-B-2. Note: The possibility of dropping clinic or externship courses is much more limited.

If you drop a course or withdraw from the university, your tuition refund will be calculated according to the following schedule (subject to federal regulations regarding Title IV federal financial aid):

Fall & Spring

  Summer   

Through the 14th calendar day of the term

100%

Through the 7th calendar day of the term

100%

From the 15th-21st calendar day of the term

 80%

From the 8th-14th calendar day of the term

75%

From the 22nd-28th calendar day of the term

 60%

From the 15th-21st calendar day of the term

50%

From the 29th-35th calendar day of the term

 40%

From the 22nd-28th calendar day of the term

25%

From the 36th-42nd calendar day of the term

20%

After the 29th day of the term

0%

After the 42nd day of the term

  0%

   

 

Fall 2014 News

Clinics, Externships & Practicum Courses

Learning by doing is an important part of our curriculum at St. Thomas. Experiential learning happens in a variety of formats in a number of classes (e.g., Client Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiation, Land Use Law, and others). In addition to such classes, however, there are three major categories of courses that provide specific avenues for experiential learning.

  • CLINICS The School of Law continues to expand its clinical offerings and is now home to 11 unique clnics, with “advanced” options in many of the clinics. As a clinical student, you perform real lawyering tasks on projects for clients, working alongside experienced practitioners. Selection of spots in clinics generally happens before the course registration period. 
  • EXTERNSHIPS You can receive academic credit for your work in a real-world business/corporate setting, a judicial setting, or a public service environment (public defender’s office, nonprofit organization, or others) through the School of Law's externship programs.
  • MENTOR EXTERNSHIP The required Mentor Externship course counts as 1 credit toward our course load each spring semester.
  • PRACTICUM COURSES These classes are limited-enrollment classes in which you can delve more deeply into a particular area of law by working as a lawyer on a simulated problem under close faculty supervision. These courses help you to develop practical skills by combining doctrinal knowledge and real-world legal work. Practicum courses offer opportunities for extensive feedback and mentoring.  
    • Civil Pretrial Litigation (Adjunct Prof. Greg Merz)
    • Constitutional Litigation Practicum (Prof. Teresa Collett)

Courses with Special Enrollment Procedures

Course Contact Instructions                   
Alternative Dispute Resolution Prof. Mariana Hernandez-Crespo ADR Application Fall 2014 
Business Externship Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit and Adjunct Prof. Michael Blaes Business Externships Fall 2014
Clinics Kathy Mann Arnott Application deadline has passed. Contact Kathy with questions.
Interscholastic Moot Court, Negotiation, and Mock Trial
Teams 
Prof. Mark Osler Membership determined separately.
Judicial Externship Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit and Adjunct Prof. Judge Pamela Alexander Judicial Externships Fall 2014
Law Journal Professor Robert Delahunty Membership determined separately.
Legal Analysis Review  Scott Swanson  Contact ‌Scott Swanson for enrollment instructions.
Public Interest Externship Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit and Adjunct Prof. Sara Sommarstrom Public Interest Externships Fall 2014

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

You can satisfy the upper-level writing requirement in two ways:

First, some courses entail papers that either satisfy the requirement or may be expanded to satisfy the requirement. For Fall 2014, these courses are

  • Law and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Prof. Dan Griffith)
  • Lincoln and the Constitution (Prof. Michael Paulsen)

Second, you are encouraged to undertake your supervised research paper as an independent project with a professor. Here is a list of professors and subject areas. Many professors are comfortable in several areas; consider the courses a professor teaches as a starting point for topic areas. You can enroll in a supervised research course for one or two credits, or if you do not need the credits, you can simply write the paper under the faculty member’s supervision without receiving course credit. You may not register for a supervised research section with a particular professor unless you have that professor’s permission. Submit this form to Registrar Jill Akervik.  

New Courses

Topics: Electronic Discovery (Adjunct Prof. Bill Greene), 2 credits  Electronic Discovery is one of today’s hottest topics in litigation and professional responsibility. The discovery of documents has always played a crucial role in uncovering the facts in virtually every type of lawsuit. What has changed is the volume and complexity of documents now subject to discovery. The explosion of electronically stored information poses enormous challenges for lawyers. Many of the headlines in this field focus on cases imposing sanctions on clients and lawyers who failed to comply with their obligations to preserve or produce important electronic evidence. This course analyzes the rules and cases that provide the current legal framework for electronic discovery. It also explores some of the cutting-edge technologies, such as predictive coding, that are being used in an attempt to identify documents. The class will include guest speakers from a variety of perspectives.

Topics: International Business Transactions (Adjunct Prof. Mark McNeil), 3 credits  This course will familiarize students with the body of laws that govern transactions between legal entities that operate across nation state borders. The class will explore: (1) the prominent role international business transactions have in the current business environment; (2) the various forms and avenues of doing business in the global marketplace, including exploring the legal framework of each form and the risks of each form; (3) the methods of resolving international commercial disputes and related legal principles; and (4) the legal, policy, political, and ethical implications of doing business in the global marketplace. The class will not only focus on the legal framework of international business transactions, but also upon the ethical, moral, and professional issues that are implicated when a corporation and its attorneys conduct business in different legal and business cultures.

Topics: Introduction to European Union Law (Prof. Wulf Kaal), 3 credits  This course will provide an introduction to the law of the European Union. The course introduces students to the historical settings for the creation and the development of the EU, its institutional structure and functioning, and the specific nature and sources of EU law. The course introduces the concept of the basic freedoms in the European Union, such as the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons and examines the impact of EU law on the lives of EU citizens as well as on companies that are established or provide services in the EU. Europe’s antitrust and competition laws will be introduced and outlined.

Topics: Law in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Adjunct Prof. Dan Griffith), 3 credits — This is an interdisciplinary course that seeks to explore the intersection of Catholic thought and the nature, development, and purpose of law. (One need not be Catholic to take this course!) For two millennia, Catholic thinkers have explored important and fundamental ideas that touch on the nature of the human person and the societies in which we live. The understanding and development of law has benefitted greatly from its conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition and this relationship can still bear fruit today both for the law and for lawyers. This course will explore ideas and concepts through the Catholic lens, including: the nature of the human person; scripture and law; natural law and positive law; the development of law; jurisprudence; law and justice; and Catholic social teaching and law. The class will discuss cases relevant to the course themes, and then apply the themes to contemporary issues in law and policy. This will be a paper course with a take-home final. Students are welcome to write their paper in satisfaction of the upper-level writing requirement. All students and views are welcome.

Compliance Concentration

The School of Law will for the first time offer a concentration in Organizational Ethics & Compliance to the class of 2015. To fulfill the concentration, you must take 12 or more credits of compliance courses, including 3 required courses and 1 or more elective courses. The concentration will be noted on your transcript, and you can tell future employers of your concentration in law school toward this skill set.

Required courses and electives can be found here. View the full schedule of 2014-15 Compliance Courses.

J.D./LL.M. Dual Degree

Any St. Thomas student (current 1L or 2L, or future student) can work toward completing the J.D. and LL.M. in a total of seven semesters rather than the eight it would typically take to earn both degrees. This means you can complete both degrees in as few as 100 total credit hours. You can finish the 88 credits required to earn the J.D. and take the bar exam in the summer, and then return and complete the LL.M. in just one more semester.

Required courses and electives can be found here.

Limited Offerings

Elective courses are offered yearly or in alternate years according to student demand, faculty availability, and other factors. We cannot guarantee that any course will be offered in a given year, but the following courses are particularly unlikely to be offered in 2015-16. You should consider taking a course on this list in fall 2014 if you are particularly interested in it.

  • Lincoln and the Constitution (Prof. Michael Paulsen)
  • Topics: Electronic Discovery (Adjunct Prof. Bill Greene)
  • Topics: Introduction to EU Law (Prof. Wulf Kaal)
  • Topics: Law in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Adjunct Prof. Dan Griffith)

Co-Teachers & Instructors Not Listed

Most information concerning the instructor for a course can be found in Classfinder, however the system does not indicate when a course includes a co-teacher. The following fall 2014 courses include co-teachers:

  • Bankruptcy Clinic — Steve Silton, Tom Wallrich, Joel Nesset, and Nadia Hasan
  • Community Justice Project — Nekima Levy-Pounds and Artika Tyner
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic — Steve Silton, Tom Wallrich, Joel Nesset, and Nadia Hasan
  • Ethical Leadership in Corporations — Neil Hamilton, Karen Himle, and Tom Holloran
  • Evidence — Judge Frank Magill is likely to have a co-teacher
  • Family Law — Michael Boulette and Michael Dittberner
  • Immigration Clinic — Virgil Wiebe and Megan Galasso
  • Intellectual Property — Paul Mussell and Patrick Gallagher
  • Lawyering Skills III — Diane Bratvold and Kari Gross
  • Misdemeanor Clinic — Scott Swanson and Shawn Webb 
  • Small Firm Practice — Chris Wheaton and Barb Brekke
  • White Collar Crime and Compliance — Joe Dixon and Hank Shea
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates — Marya Robben and Matt Shea

In rare cases Classfinder will list the instructor for a course simply as "STAFF." The following fall 2014 courses will be taught as follows:

  • Compliance Programming — Christopher Michaelson (from Opus College of Business)
  • Topics: Electronic Discovery — Bill Greene
  • Topics: International Business Transactions — Mark McNeil
  • Bankruptcy — Judge Mike Ridgway
  • Family Law — Michael Bouletter and Michael Dittberner
  • Clinic: Nonprofit Organizations I — Alex Campion Young
  • Clinic: Immigration Appellate — Elizabeth Holmes

Spring 2015 Tentative Course Listing

To help you plan your fall courses, we've put together a Spring 2015 Tentative Course Listing.