Subject Areas

Business and Corporate Law General Practice
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Public Interest Law
Criminal Law Global and Comparative Law

The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers a broad curriculum emphasizing the distinctive aspects of our mission and vision: strong preparation in professional skills, development of the professional character that makes you a valued counselor, integration of your faith or other deep moral beliefs with your career, and commitment to social justice and serving the disadvantaged. During law school, many students begin to develop a sense of the field of law in which they would like to practice. But many other students eventually find themselves in practice areas they had not considered during law school: students should remember that a broad preparation touching on several fields provides flexibility to respond to career opportunities as they arise.

The following subject-area pages give guidance on how you, as a UST Law student, might choose upper-level courses to prepare for careers in particular fields of law. The pages identify--and you should enroll in --both (1) "doctrinal and theory" courses that offer thorough grounding in the concepts students will draw on throughout their legal careers and (2) "experiental/simulation" courses that offer direct experiences in the varying skills students need to practice law successfully. These pages also identify other resources that UST Law offers in the various subject areas: faculty teaching/writing in the area, joint degree and other programs, student organizations, and selected alumni practicing in the area. The pages will develop and contain more and more resources, so please return to them regularly to see new information. Although UST Law offers a broad general curriculum instead of formal "concentrations" or "certificates," these pages should give "one-stop" guidance and resources for students who are considering focusing in particular areas.