Public Interest Law

Consistent with its focus on social justice, UST Law offers a variety of courses preparing students to work in careers directly serving the common good or providing representation to the disadvantaged. These courses cover public-interest-related subjects in both the criminal and civil contexts. Other criminal law options can be found on the criminal law page.

All focused course work at UST Law consists of foundational courses that introduce the subject area, upper-level theory and practice courses that provide an academic background necessary for success, and experiential learning courses that provide students with the chance to apply their learning in simulations or outside the classroom.

The Supervised Research and Writing course (independent study), the Mentor Externship program, and the public service requirements can also be used to support focused course work.

Foundational Courses

(Offered once or more yearly)

Administrative Law
Foundations of Justice (Required)

Upper Level Theory and Practice Courses

Adoption Law International Human Rights
Canon Law of Marriage Labor Law
Canon Law: Basic Principles Law of Nonprofit Organizations
Children and the Law Litigation with the Federal Government
Consumer Law Native American Law
Crime & Punishment* Personal Injury - Automobiles
Critical Perspectives: Race Poverty Law I*
Domestic Violence Poverty Law II*
Employment Discrimination Race and the Law
Employment Law* Social Security Law
First Amendment: Free Speech The Religious Lawyer
First Amendment: Religious Liberty* Worker's Compensation
Genocide: Prevention & Deterrence Wrongful Convictions
Immigration Law*  
*course offered at least yearly.

Experiential Learning Courses

(Offered yearly unless otherwise indicated)

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Clinic: Community Justice Project
Clinic: Elder Law Practice Group
Clinic: Immigration Law
Energy Law Practicum
Minnesota Justice Foundation Seminar (Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice)
Public Interest Externship