FAQs

Answers to the general questions most frequently asked of our admissions staff are below. For answers to more specific questions regarding our J.D. program, Organizational Ethics & Compliance programs, and Tommie Law Early Admission Program, see the links at right.

How is UST Law ranked by U.S. News and World Report?

The School of Law ranks No. 129. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. News ranking, that’s great. If not, then the rankings have to take a back seat to doing right by our students.”

A note on employment data and rankings: The U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings count all long-term, full-time, bar passage-required and J.D. advantage jobs toward a law school's employment statistic, even if those positions are the same positions graduates held prior to enrolling in law school. This methodology benefits law schools with part-time programs, where many students maintain prior employment while in school and after graduation. UST Law does not offer a part-time J.D. program.

How much does it cost to attend UST Law?

Annual tuition for the Juris Doctor and the LL.M. in U.S. Law for the 2014-15 academic year is $36,844. Tuition for the M.S.L. and LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance is $1,256 per credit. More information on fees and indirect costs is available on the Financing Your Education page.

How do I arrange a visit to the law school?

We would love to show you around! Contact the admissions office at (651) 962-4895 or lawschool@sthomas.edu. 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 and current students, and to sit in on a class.

Can I sit in on a class?

Yes, we'd love to schedule a visit for you. Contact the admissions office with dates and times that you are available at lawschool@stthomas.edu. We can also schedule personal tours, an appointment with a professor or lunch with a student in conjunction with your visit.  

Where exactly is the School of Law located?

The law school is located on St. Thomas's downtown Minneapolis campus, situated on 11th Street between LaSalle Avenue and Harmon Place.

Where should I park when visiting?

There is a lot directly in front of the Law School that you may park in. The entrance is off of LaSalle Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets.

In the event that this lot is full, there is a parking ramp located on the corner of 11th Street and Harmon Place that is connected to the Law School building by a skyway. The entrance to this ramp is a left hand turn off of 11th Street, and we can validate your parking for this ramp. 

It is possible that the above mentioned parking areas could fill up depending on different events that may be taking place in the downtown area. In that case, there is an underground ramp located on 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue that we can also validate parking for. The entrance to this ramp is a right-hand turn off of Hennepin Avenue, just after you pass through the stop lights on 10th Street. Both of these parking options are indicated on the campus map.

Details regarding parking and directions will be emailed prior to your visit to campus.

Financial Aid

When should I file the FAFSA?

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.

What is the federal code for the University of St. Thomas School of Law?

Our code is 002345. When completing the FAFSA form, you will be required to enter UST Law's federal school code.

Student Services

Do you have on-campus housing?

We have limited on-campus housing available for international students. However, the cities and suburbs of the Twin Cities metropolitan area comprise a vibrant and dynamic location for students to live. Whether you are interested in urban or residential living, city scapes or park views, the Twin Cities has a neighborhood and style of living right for you.

While you have the option of living throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, many of our current students choose to live near the law school 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.

What does housing cost in the Twin Cities?

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 provides a living allowance. We encourage you 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. Learn more about the cost of attendance, with links to the financial aid office web pages.

I don't know anyone in the Twin Cities, but would like a roommate. How do I go about finding one?

Assistant Director of Admissions, Holly Noble, keeps a list of incoming first-year J.D. students who are seeking roommates.  Email her at holly.noble@stthomas.edu if you would like to be added to the list or be connected with an incoming student.

Also, as an admitted student you will be invited to join the University of St. Thomas Class of 2017 facebook group which will provide a great way to meet incoming students and find potential roommates.

What are my options for purchasing a parking permit as a current student?

Parking is available for students on a space available basis.  New students will be able to purchase parking permits in August 2014.   To purchase a permit, students are required to register through Murphy Online BEFORE going to the Public Safety Office.  All students at the time they purchase a parking permit are required to present their UST ID or a photo ID. Parking permits can be purchased by coming to the Department of Public Safety & Parking Services main office located next to the 2nd floor skyway (Room 252) of School of Law.

Costs for 2013-2014 Parking Permits (Rates for 2014-2015 will be determined in early 2014)
$225-Fall Semester Only (Aug 12-Dec 31) $450-Full Year (Aug 12-May 31) $30-Deposit (Ramp parking only)  No deposit needed for those who choose to park in the UST Surface Lot.

 

Parking Eligibility

Full-time day students
Full-time day students, (students taking at least 12 credit hours, and are on campus 3 or more days per week) may be eligible to purchase a UST student parking permit. This permit is good in all commuter parking lots on the St. Paul campus, as well as the City of Minneapolis Ramp at 11th Street and Harmon Place. You can also choose to park in the UST Surface Lot off of LaSalle Ave.  Permits for 2014-2015 will become available in August 2014.

Costs for 2013-2014 Parking Permits
$225-Fall Semester Only (Aug 12-Dec 31) $450-Full Year (Aug 12-May 31) $30-Deposit (Ramp parking only)  No deposit needed for those who choose to park in the UST Surface Lot.

The parking pass allows you to park in the designated parking ramp from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on a daily basis.

For more information - http://www.stthomas.edu/parking/

What are my options for public transportation to campus?

Students who are registered for any number of credits are eligible to purchase a Student MetroPass for a discounted rate. The rate for 2013-14 is $150 per semester.

The pass allows students unlimited rides on all Metro Transit buses and the light rail system for the entire semester. Students who purchase University of St. Thomas parking permits are not eligible for the MetroPass. Passes are non-transferable and must be returned if the student withdraws from classes. MetroPasses are available at St. Thomas Public Safety offices and a valid UST ID is required in order to purchase a pass. Passes must first be pre-registered through Murphy Online. Registration is available in August 2014.

For more information: http://www.metrotransit.org/

Curricular Programs

What concentrations or specializations does UST Law offer for J.D. students?

The School of Law will for the first time offer a concentration in Organizational Ethics & Compliance to the class of 2015. The compliance concentration requires you to take 12 or more credit hours of compliance courses, including 3 required courses and 1 or more elective courses. The concentration will be noted on your transcript, and you can tell future employers of your concentration in law school toward this skill set. 

Unlike in undergraduate studies, J.D. students are not required to declare a major. As a J.D. student, you will take courses based on your specific interests in an area of law, or dabble across a wide array of coursework allowing you to develop a broader understanding of the general body of law. Lawyers gain their true "expertise" in a particular area of the law throughout the duration of their career, and may be required to change the focus of their law practice and develop another range of knowledge without returning to law school.

Does UST Law offer joint and dual degrees?

Yes. The School of Law offers one dual degree program: the J.D./LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance, and four joint degree programs: the J.D./M.B.A., the J.D./M.A. in Public Policy and Leadership, the J.D./M.A. in Catholic Studies, and the J.D./M.S.W. By combining courses of two degrees into one program, you are able to earn two advanced degrees in less time than required to earn each separately. For more information, please call the Office of Admissions at (651) 962-4895.

Can I finish both my J.D. and LL.M. degree in three years?

Yes. You can complete all the requirements in three years, although we don't generally recommend it because you might have to take classes at the expense of gaining work experience and networking during school. But if this is best for your situation, it is possible. If you choose to complete the J.D. and LL.M. in six semesters (plus summers), you will take the bar exam after graduation.

What is the Mentor Program?

Our innovative Mentor Externship Program has been ranked the #1 externship program in the country since 2010 by PreLaw Magazine. The program pairs you with a lawyer or judge working in your area of interest who will help you gain work experience, develop relationships and navigate the legal field.

Still have a question? Reach out: lawschool@stthomas.edu.