Students should complete an application for admissions to the University of St. Thomas School of Law. A complete application includes: a complete and signed application form; our application fee is waived; the personal statement; and a complete CAS (LSDAS) report. A complete CAS report includes a minimum of two letters of recommendation, a copy of all transcripts from post-secondary institutions, and a reportable LSAT score.
The School of Law ranks No. 124, an improvement from its highest ranking of No. 135 two years ago. The School of Law was ranked for the first time in 2007, when it appeared in the third tier.
According to Dean Rob Vischer, "Like anyone, we’d rather be ranked higher than lower. But our priority is not the US News rankings because those rankings provide incentives to make decisions that are not in our students’ best interests. We are focused on delivering value to our students by tackling student debt, improving employment outcomes, and providing a unique law school experience centered on the whole person. If doing all that improves our US News ranking, that’s great. If not, then the rankings have to take a back seat to doing right by our students.”
No, UST Law has no preference for a paper or online electronic application, and a favorable decision will not be based on the use of either application format. If you prefer paper, you can request an application through the Office of Admissions, or you can print out your own application.
For students who prefer to apply using an electronic application, you may apply on line through the LSAC. Due to the ease and speed in which we are able to download the online electronic application into our paperless review process, there may be some time-saving benefits to using the online electronic application.
The deadline to apply for entrance into the fall class is July 1. However, UST Law reviews applications on a rolling basis and students should apply as early as possible to increase the chance for favorable admissions and scholarship decisions.
Reviewing applications on a rolling basis means that applications are reviewed by the admissions committee in the order in which they are received in the admissions office and become complete.
You can check the status of your application online through LSAC. You will receive an email from UST Law with your username and password shortly after we receive your application. We will also request your CAS (formerly LSDAS) report from the Law School Admission Council. Your application is complete when we have received a CAS report including all your undergraduate transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation. It is not unusual for components of the CAS report to have been submitted and waiting to be processed by Law Services. A follow-up report is sent to the admissions office whenever additional pieces of information are updated to the report.
However, if there are substantial problems with the CAS report that require candidate action, the admissions office will contact you so that you may correct the issue. Applicants to UST Law should check with Law Services to ensure that their CAS report contains a reportable LSAT score, at least two letters of recommendation, and all post-secondary institution transcripts. You should also feel free to contact the UST Law admissions office to check the status of your application.
UST Law will accept an LSAT score from any of the dates that the exam is offered. However, you should keep the July 1 application deadline in mind if you intend to take the June LSAT just prior to the fall entrance date. Since we admit students and award scholarship on a rolling basis, late applicants to the program may find that there are no seats or scholarship remaining at that late date.
Finally, UST Law prefers that an LSAT score not be more than three years old, but at no time will accept an LSAT score that is more than five years old.
No. The admissions staff cannot predict the likelihood of an applicants chance of being admitted based solely on their LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. UST Law and the admissions committee consider many factors in addition to the numerical indices when making a decision whether to admit a student to the class. We refer to this as mission fit.
If you have questions about the competitiveness of your LSAT score or GPA with regard to the entire applicant pool, we would be happy to visit with you. Please feel free to make an appointment with the admissions office.
UST Law will review all test scores submitted, but will consider the highest score when reviewing an applicant's file.
UST Law does not use cut-off or minimum score requirements when making admissions decisions. The medians, 25th and 75th percentiles represent the profile of the previous entering class, and are intended to be used as a gauge to measure the competitiveness of your numerical indices. Moreover, all applicants should seek to enter the applicant pool as competitively as possible with regard to their LSAT score, their undergraduate GPA, and their mission fit.
UST Law does not have an "early" decision process. We do, however, encourage students to apply early in the process. The admissions office begins accepting applications as early as September 1, and the committee begins reviewing applications in November. Once a file completes and enters the committee review process, it typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a decision to be reached. Those students who have submitted their application early in the process have an increased opportunity to be considered for admissions and scholarship.
Yes. UST Law requires a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation. However, you may submit as many letters of recommendation as you deem valuable or beneficial to your application. Also, remember that LSDAS will accept four general letters of recommendation to be sent to every school to which you apply. Additional letters must be sent directly to the admissions office.
CAS stands for Candidate Assembly Service. Formerly, it was called LSDAS which stands for the Law School Data Assembly Service. It is offered by LSAC, the Law School Admissions Council. LSAC is the same organization that administers the LSAT exam. CAS is a service offered as a convenience to both applicants and law schools, and serves as a clearinghouse for the information and data necessary for applying to law schools. Your LSAT exam score will be reported to law schools through this service.
It is also the mechanism that calculates all credits from all of your post- secondary institution transcripts into a cumulative GPA and compiles a complete record of your letters of recommendation. The CAS allows students to have one copy of transcripts and letters submitted on their behalf. A complete CAS report is then forwarded to the law schools at which you apply.
Yes. All students applying to UST Law must register with CAS. A CAS report will be the method through which your LSAT score, letters or recommendation and transcripts will be submitted to the law school for review.
To register for the CAS, please go to the Law School Admissions Council website.
Yes. The personal statement and letters of recommendation are a valuable part of the admissions committee's review. The personal statement is used to evaluate mission fit, as well as displaying the writing skills necessary for being successful in law school. The letters of recommendation are useful in highlighting the characteristics, both academic and personal, that an applicant brings to the law school community.
Once a file completes and enters the committee review process, it typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a decision to be reached.
Applicants who have been denied or waitlisted will also be notified of the committee's decision in that same period of time.
Applicants may check on the status of their application through the application status link on the Prospective Student website. Shortly after receiving your application, we will send you an email providing you with a username and password.
UST Law does not currently offer a conditional or provisional admit program. We do, however, participate in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity and the Pre-Law Summer Institute summer programs. Students who are applying to or plan to participate in either of these programs should disclose that as part of their application.
Yes. An applicant's participation in the CLEO or PLSI program will be considered by the admissions committee, and should be disclosed as part of the original application. A decision from the admissions committee may be held pending evaluation of your participation and performance in the program.
No, but UST School of Law offers the possiblility of flexibility in scheduling when necessary. First year students presumptively take the full required course offerings, but if there are particular personal or professional circumstances that necessitate a lighter load the student can seek permission from the Associate Dean for Academics to take a reduced load to meet their other obligations. Upper division students can choose to take fewer than a full load of courses (and take more semesters to graduate) if that meets their professional or personal needs.
Waitlisted means that the admissions committee has completed review of your application, but has chosen not to make an offer of admission at this time and would like to hold the application for further review should there be seats available later in the admissions process. To be waitlisted is distinct from a denial, which means that the committee has reached a final determination on the application and will not review the file further for any openings in this year's entering class.
No. Once an applicant has received a decision denying his or her application for this year's class, there is no ability to appeal that decision. You are welcome to apply during a subsequent application season but should seriously evaluate the need to improve the strength of your application to be more competitive in a new applicant pool.
UST Law accepts requests for deferment in writing. Should the request be approved, the deferral will be for one year.
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 LSDAS 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 LSDAS report. For additional information, visit www.lsac.org
Applicants interested in visiting the law school may contact the admissions office at 651-962-4895 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You should be prepared to provide the admissions staff with dates and times that are convenient for you to visit. We will make every effort to accommodate your visit and to arrange for you to meet with an admissions counselor, current students, and sit in on a class.
Yes. You should contact the admissions office with dates and times that you are available to sit in on a class. Please remember that it is very important for you to be on the law school campus at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the class so that we may escort you to the class before the professor begins discussion.
Visitors to campus should park in the campus parking ramp located just past the law school on 11th Street past Harmon Place. This is the only parking that the law school may validate.
Direct Costs Annual tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $36,843. Students also are required to pay a technology fee and a student activity fee, both of which will be set in spring 2014. Required fees for the 2013-14 academic year total $321 - a technology fee of $191 and a student activity fee of $130.
Indirect Costs For students who apply for financial aid, the nine-month Cost of Attendance Budget includes allowances for other indirect costs, such as books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, insurance and other miscellaneous expenses. This cost is calculated each spring for the following academic year. The allowance for the 2013-14 academic year was set at $19,928. The actual amount of these expenses varies depending upon the circumstances of each student.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed anytime after January 1, 2014. The FAFSA should be filed after you complete your taxes, but preferably no later than April 1, 2014.
Our code is 002345. When completing the FAFSA form, you will be required to enter UST Law's federal school code.
No. The University of St. Thomas School of Law does not provide on-campus housing for law and graduate students. However, the cities and suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area comprise a vibrant and dynamic location for students to live. Whether a student is interested in urban or residential living, city scapes or park views, the Twin Cities has a neighborhood and style of living right for each person.
While students have the option of living throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, many of our current students choose to live near the law school situated on our downtown Minneapolis campus or near the main campus in St. Paul. However, housing costs can vary greatly throughout the metropolitan area depending on a number of factors like location, size, and number of roommates.
The Commuter Center at the University of St. Thomas has housing listings for both places for rent and for roommate listings. Click here for the Commuter Center.
Housing costs can vary greatly throughout the metropolitan area depending on a number of factors like location, size and number of roommates. If you apply for financial aid, the UST Financial Aid Office does provide an allowance for living. We encourage students to make every effort to keep housing costs within the budgeted amount by looking for student discounts, getting a roommate, or avoiding luxury apartment complexes that offer no discount. Please take a look at our web page that outlines the cost of attendance with links to the financial aid office web pages: Financing Your Education
Yes. We have a Career and Professional Development office (CPD). UST Law believes that this is distinct from a simple career services office in that our career professionals help you prepare over the duration of your law school experience to become a legal professional. The CPD staff helps each student define and focus on their specific career goals, and helps the student utilize the relevant tools at their disposal
The law school is located on our downtown Minneapolis campus, situated on 11th Street between LaSalle Avenue and Harmon Place.
Visitors to campus should park in the campus parking ramp located just past the law school on 11th Street past Harmon Place if they would like to have their parking validated.
Law students who choose to park in the downtown Minneapolis campus parking ramp currently pay $225 per semester. This fee allows students to park in the parking ramp located on the corner of 11th Street & Harmon Place, whichs connects to the School of Law through the skyway. Students also have the ability to park on the St. Paul campus with this permit.
Alternately, students may choose to park on the St. Paul campus for a reduced fee and ride the free shuttle between campuses. However, students with a St. Paul campus permit are not allowed to park in the Minneapolis campus parking ramp, and must pay the day parking rate to do so.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers a broad curriculum based on the social justice emphasis of our mission, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law. Therefore, we do not indicate any of our curricula as a specialty or concentration area and instead, encourage each student to choose electives that will best prepare them for their career in law.
Unlike in undergraduate studies, students are not required to declare a major. Law students typically take courses based on their specific interests in an area of law, or dabble across a wide array of coursework allowing them to develop a broader understanding of the general body of law. In fact, lawyers gain their true "expertise" in a particular area of the law throughout the duration of their career. Additionally, lawyers are frequently required to change the focus of their law practice and develop another range of knowledge without returning to law school.
Finally, it is important to note that UST Law offers much of the same coursework often classified as part of a specialization or concentration. For students interested in knowing more about the courses offered at the University of St. Thomas School of Law or how they match up with a particular concentration, please review our course descriptions.
Yes. The School of Law offers four joint degree programs. By combining courses of two degrees into one program, students are able to earn two advanced degrees in less time than required to earn each separately. We offer joint degrees with Catholic Studies (M.A.), the School of Education (M.A.-Public Policy & Leadership), the College of Business (M.B.A.), and the School of Social Work (M.S.W.) For more information, please call the Office of Admissions at 651-962-4895.
The Mentor Externship is an intergenerational fellowship of inquiry and support to assist in the formation of the student who is becoming an attorney. The program pairs students with a practitioner from the Twin Cities and participates in a number of "experiences" that expose the student to the real life tasks of attorneys.
For your first year of law school, we will register you for your classes. Your class schedule will be based on what section you are assigned to.
1Ls are divided into two sections with approximately 85 students in each. Each section is then divided in into two sections with approximately 40 students for Foundations of Justice and into four sections of approximately 20 students for Lawyering Skills I and II.
You will be mailed your schedule in late July with your orientation packet.
1st Semester - 16 Credits
Lawyering Skills I
Foundations of Justice (introductory week)
2nd Semester- 15 Credits
Lawyering Skills II
Foundations of Justice
Yes! UST law students have studied in several countries including: Chile, Germany, France, England, India, Netherlands, Greece, China, Argentina, Ireland, Mexico, Malta, Hungary, South Africa and Italy.
Students can study abroad through UST and Villanova University School of Law’s Rome Program or through another ABA-approved study abroad program.
UST Law currently has 9 clinics: Appellate, Bankruptcy Litigation, Community Justice Project, Consumer Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Federal Commutations, Immigration Law, Misdemeanors and Nonprofit Organizations.
These clinics are part of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services (IPC), in which faculty and students from law, social work, and psychology work together to help their clients.
More information about the clinics and the IPC can be found at: http://www.stthomas.edu/law/academics/clinicaleducation/