How to Apply

How to apply to the University of St. Thomas School of Law

Our Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every application to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of each prospective student. All information you submit is considered, and we encourage you to be thorough and straight forward. 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.

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

The University of St. Thomas School of Law application cycle for the 2015-16 academic year begins on Sept. 18, 2014 and goes until July 1, 2015. You can apply online through the Law School Admission Council and pay no application fee. Whether you are applying to attend as a full-time student or a part-time student, you will go through the same application process. 

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Prospective students are required to submit an application, a personal statement. A complete CAS (Credential Assembly Service) report from the Law School Data Assembly Service 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.

University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
MSL 124
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)

e-mail: lawschool@stthomas.edu

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted from September 18 until July 1. The School of Law reviews applications on a rolling admissions system.  Your chances of being admitted and receiving a scholarship will be enhanced the earlier you apply.

Criteria

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:

  1. LSAT score
  2. Undergraduate grades
  3. Writing skills
  4. Leadership potential
  5. Motivation
  6. Demonstrated ability to contribute to UST School of Law's mission

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.

LSAT scores

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 2013 entering class was 155.

Visiting students

Visiting student applicants must submit the following materials:

  • An Application for Admission
  • Law School Transcript (The applicant must be in Good Academic Standing. The school must be an ABA-approved law school.)
  • Personal Statement as to why the applicant would like to attend UST Law as a visiting student
  • CAS (formerly LSDAS) Report (This can be a copy from the Office of Admissions at the current Law School.)
  • Written permission from the Degree Granting School to visit the University of St. Thomas School of Law, although this can be done after an offer of admission is received.

Transfer students

Transfer student applicants must submit the following materials prior to July 1:

  • An Application for Admission
  • Letter of Good Standing from the Dean of the previous law school
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Law School Professor of the previous school
  • Law School Transcript
  • Personal Statement of Transfer
  • Official CAS (formerly LSDAS) Report (We will be requesting a CAS Report on your behalf. Please confirm your registration through LSAC is up-to-date.)

In extraordinary circumstances, the School of Law will approve an application from a transfer student to enroll after one semester of attendance at an ABA-accredited law school. Such an application should be received by December 1 for a student interested in enrolling at the School of Law for spring term beginning in January.

Canadian students

It is not uncommon for Canadian students to study law in the United States and return to Canada to pursue a legal career. The courses we offer at UST Law in the subject areas of Contracts, Torts, Property, and Corporate Law (Business Associations) would provide you with the core competencies you would need to practice law in Canada. Your competencies in Canadian law in the areas of Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Foundations of Law, and Professional Responsibility, can be satisfied through examination when you go through the Certificate of Qualification process with the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). 

In your final year of law school at UST Law, you would apply to the NCA for a Certificate of Qualification and request that we send your official transcript to the committee.  After graduation in May you would begin preparing for any Canadian law exams required to receive the certificate.  By December of that same year you will know your results and be in a position to seek an articling position and begin preparing for the licensing process. 

All international applicants are considered for merit scholarship opportunities. Although international applicants are not eligible to receive United States federal student loans (unless you are a permanent resident of the U.S.) Canadian students can apply for Canadian federal and private student loans.

Other Resources

Scholarship Opportunities at UST Law

International Admissions at UST

National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)

The Twin Cities Community

International students

International students must submit:

  • An Application for Admission.
  • Personal statement
  • CAS (formerly LSDAS) Report
    • LSAT score. Please contact Law Services for information on testing sites, dates and fees. If your undergraduate work was done in Puerto Rico or Canada you can subscribe to the Law School Data Assembly (LSDAS) and have your transcripts and letters of recommendation sent to Law Services.
    • If your undergraduate work was done outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada, then The University of St. Thomas School of Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report.
    • If you are a non-native speaker of English, you must take an English Proficiency (TOEFL at www.toefl.org) UST Law requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 with a subscore of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections. You must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your CAS law school report. To use the JD CAS, log in to your LSAC online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.
    • At least two letters of recommendation must be submitted via LSAC. The letters of recommendation will be included in your CAS law school report.

Additional Information

University of St. Thomas Graduate Admissions requirements for international applicants

Tommie Law Admission Program (TLAP)

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of St. Thomas who are interested in pursuing a J.D. from UST School of Law may apply to our J.D. program in one of two ways: through our regular J.D. admissions process, or through the Tommie Law Admission Program (TLAP), which may allow you to apply without taking the LSAT.  
 
To qualify for the Tommie Law Admission Program, you must meet the following criteria set forth by the American Bar Association: you must be enrolled at the University of St. Thomas in an undergraduate or graduate program; you must have scored at or above the 85th percentile on another standardized test (ACT, SAT, GRE or GMAT); and you must rank in the top 10 percent of your undergraduate class or have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work.  
 
If you meet this criteria, you should apply during the application period for your desired fall start and notify the Office of Admissions of your desire to be considered without the LSAT. You still must register with LSAC and complete the free online application at lsac.org. You must also register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You will be required to have two letters of recommendation sent directly to LSAC to be a part of your J.D. CAS Report. You must also send your transcripts to LSAC to be included in the J.D. CAS Report. You will be required to pay for the J.D. CAS service and report fees, but will not be required to pay an application fee or the fees associated with sitting for the LSAT.
 
This program replaces the former Tommie Law Early Admission Program (TLEAP) as of August 2014. Due to new rules, the ABA allows law schools to admit no more than 10 percent of an entering class without requiring the LSAT. 

 

Advanced standing students

Students who have completed a law degree outside of the U.S. may be eligible to apply as an advanced standing J.D. student and can receive up to 1/3 of the total credits needed to graduate towards the Juris Doctor degree. This would allow you to complete the Juris Doctor degree in less time than if admitted through the standard admissions process. You are exempt from taking the LSAT exam if you qualify for advanced standing.
 
Credit Evaluation
Transcripts should be submitted and evaluated through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Once you have submitted your application file, your transcript will be reviewed by our Academic Dean to determine the number of credits you will receive for the previous law degree, and which courses you will need to complete in order to receive your J.D.
 
Application Process
Students applying for advanced standing should submit their application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. To apply through LSAC, you should create a J.D. account and select "advanced standing" as Applicant Type on the UST application form. You should use the J.D. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for evaluation of foreign transcripts. CAS reports without LSAT scores will be available for our Admissions team to download from LSAC beginning in March 2015. Please email the Admissions Office with any questions.
 
English Proficiency Requirement
Students applying to UST School of Law must demonstrate proficiency in English. If your native language is not English, you can show proficiency by achieving a TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 with a subscore of 20 in the Written and Speaking sections, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. Candidates who do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements but can offer other strong evidence of English proficiency may qualify for admission. Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions.
 

M.S.L. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance

You must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher degree to be eligible for admission. Standardized test scores are not required for admission, but you are invited to submit GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT scores to supplement the admissions materials.

Admissions timeline

Oct. 15: Application available. St. Thomas operates on a rolling admissions basis.
Jan. 1: FAFSA application available. File any time between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1.
April 15: Priority application deadline. (Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after this deadline, but priority is given to applicants applying by April 15.)
May 15: Priority registration deadline.
July 1: FAFSA priority filing date.
Aug. 1: Final application deadline.
Aug. 24: Orientation.
Aug. 31: Classes begin.

Apply online through Graduate Admissions

1. Complete the online application.

Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums

2. Ask at least two people to submit their recommendations to the Office of Admissions. Use the Letter of Recommendation form provided.

3. Arrange to have official academic transcripts, from all universities attended, sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Mailing address and contact info:
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
MSL 124
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)

e-mail: lawschool@stthomas.edu

LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance

To be eligible for admission, you must hold a Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school or be enrolled in a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school. 

If you are a current student or graduate of UST School of Law, your J.D. application materials and academic records will be considered along with your application for this program. You are not required to resubmit transcripts already on file with the law school. Letters of recommendation are optional.

Admissions timeline

Oct. 15: Application available. St. Thomas operates on a rolling admissions basis.
Dec. 8: Application deadline for Spring 2015 students.
Dec. 17:  Spring 2015 registration deadline.
Jan. 1: FAFSA application available. File any time between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1.
Jan. 20: Spring classes begin.
April 15: Priority application deadline for Fall 2015 students. (Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after this deadline, but priority is given to applicants applying by April 15.)
May 15: Fall 2015 priority registration deadline.
July 1: FAFSA priority filing date.
Aug. 1: Final application deadline for Fall 2015 students.
Aug. 24: Orientation.
Aug. 31: Fall classes begin.

Apply online through LSAC

  1. Sign up for an account at www.lsac.org
  2. Register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS)
    • Arrange to have official academic transcripts, from all universities attended, sent to LSAC to be included in your LL.M. CAS report
    • Submit at least two letters of recommendation (no more than four)
  3. Complete the UST electronic application directly through LSAC. 
    • Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums.

Apply online through Graduate Admissions

1. Complete the online application.

Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums

2. Ask at least two people to submit their recommendations to the Office of Admissions. Use the Letter of Recommendation form provided.

3. Arrange to have official academic transcripts, from all universities attended, sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Mailing address and contact info:
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
MSL 124
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)

e-mail: lawschool@stthomas.edu

LL.M. in U.S. Law

To be considered for the program, you must hold a law degree from a law school outside of the United States, and demonstrate proficiency in English. If your native language is not English, you can show proficiency by achieving a TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 with subscore of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections, or an IELTS score of 6.5. Candidates who do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements but can offer other strong evidence of English proficiency may qualify for admission. Detailed English proficiency requirements can be found here.

Admissions timeline

Oct. 15: Application available.
Oct. 15-April 30: Application materials accepted and interviews conducted.
May 1: Final deadline for confirming deposits.
May 15: All information regarding course preferences must be submitted.
June 1: Materials for visa processing (copy of passport, financial documents and questionnaire) must be submitted to International Admissions.
June 15: Recommended deadline for signing an apartment lease in order to guarantee an Aug. 1 move-in date. If you are unable to secure housing prior to the start of classes, UST cannot guarantee the availability of temporary housing.
July 15: All travel, arrival and housing arrangements complete and details sent to Admissions.
Aug. 24: Orientation and first day of class.

Apply online through LSAC

1. Sign up for an account at www.lsac.org.

2. Register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS).

  • Arrange to have official academic records sent to LSAC to be included in your LL.M. CAS report.
  • Send English language proficiency score(s) to be included in your LL.M. CAS report (if applicable).
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation to LSAC.

3. Complete the UST electronic application.

  • Includes: personal statement, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums.

Apply online through Graduate Admissions

1. Complete the online application.

Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums

2. Ask at least two people to submit their recommendations to the Office of Admissions. Use the Letter of Recommendation form provided.

3. Arrange to have your academic transcript evaluated and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. The School of Law‌ requires a Course by Course report, which gives a grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Transcript evaluations are accepted from Education Credential Evaluators or  World Education Services. If using a different evaluation service, please contact the Office of Admissions.

4. Submit English proficiency score(s) directly to the Office of Admissions (if applicable). 

Mailing Address and Contact Info:
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
MSL 124
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)
e-mail: lawschool@stthomas.edu