Our Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every application to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of each prospective student. A sound academic record – your undergraduate history and LSAT scores – is important, of course. No specific undergraduate discipline is required, but you must have completed or be on track to complete your undergraduate studies prior to enrollment.
In addition to your academics, the committee will carefully examine your personal statement and letters of recommendation looking for evidence of writing skills, leadership experience and potential, service to the community and commitment to the mission of the School of Law. All information you submit is considered and we encourage you to be thorough and straightforward. We want to make sure that the University of St. Thomas School of Law is a good fit for you, and that you are a good fit for the School of Law.
Prospective students are required to submit an application, a personal statement. A complete CAS report from the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) is also required. This report should include a reportable LSAT score, at least two letters of recommendation, and a copy of all transcripts from post-secondary institutions.
You can complete an online application form. The University of St. Thomas Law online application service is managed by the Law School Admission Council. You will be asked to register for the LSAC e-application service (even if you already have an LSAC user account.) If you run into technical difficulty with the online application, please call LSAC's Help Desk at (215) 968-1393.
Additional options include downloading an application and instructions for applying or requesting application materials from the Office of Admissions:
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015
(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)
The University of St. Thomas School of Law began accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year in September 2012 and will accept applications until July 1, 2013. However, the School of Law is on a rolling admissions system, and your chances of being admitted and of receiving a scholarship will be enhanced if you apply early.
Because of its special mission, the University of St. Thomas School of Law uses a highly personalized admissions system. Your application will be assessed based on six criteria:
Although your LSAT score and grade point average will be important, your application will not be accepted or rejected based solely upon those criteria. Rather, the Application Committee also will consider your activities, experiences, letters of recommendation and personal statement, and make a qualitative decision based upon all of the criteria identified above.
The School of Law prefers not to consider LSAT scores that are more than three years old. In no case will we consider an LSAT score that is more than five years old. If you have multiple LSAT scores, the Admissions Committee will consider the highest score. As indicated above, your LSAT score(s) represent one of several factors the Admissions Committee evaluates in making a qualitative assessment of your application.
The median LSAT of the fall 2011 entering class was 156.
Visiting student applicants must submit the following materials: