TLEAP FAQ

Applying

What are the advantages of applying through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program?

The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers students the best in legal education. By applying through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program, you are exempt from taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). You will have completed the application process prior to the start of the final year of your undergraduate career and can focus on your coursework and graduation requirements. Please take some time to review our law school information at www.stthomas.edu/law.

How do I apply for admission to the Tommie Law Early Admission Program?

Fill out the TLEAP application and mail to the UST Law Office of Admissions at MSL 124 or email it to lawschool@stthomas.edu.

What are the application requirements?

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Office of Admissions at the School of Law has received all documents needed to complete the application for admission. To complete the application, the Office of Admissions must receive:

  • A completed application
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation from UST Faculty sent directly from the faculty members to the School of Law Office of Admissions

Please make sure each addendum or attachment has your name in the top right-hand corner.

By submitting a certified application for admission, you authorize our access to the ACT and/or SAT scores submitted as part of the undergraduate admissions process. It is understood that the score(s) will be used to evaluate the application for admission through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program. You also authorize the law school admissions office to review all academic records through the University information system.

What is the application time line?

 

April 2, 2013

Applications for Tommie Law Early Admission Program are available

June 15, 2013

Completed applications are due

July 1, 2013

Interview selections are announced

week of July 22, 2013

Applicants are notified of decision and scholarship award

August 15, 2013

Seat Deposits and Enrollment Agreement Forms are due

What if I entered the University of St. Thomas with college credit (PSEO, advanced placement, etc.)?

You can apply through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program. The University of St. Thomas School of Law accepts applications for the Tommie Law Early Admission program from UST undergraduate students in the summer before their senior year who have earned at least 96 credits of which at least 32 credits were earned at UST. Applicants to the 2012 Tommie Law Early Admission Program would begin their law studies with the fall 2013 entering class so would need to have completed all of the requirements of the undergraduate degree from UST prior to their fall 2013 law school matriculation.

What if I am a transfer student to the University of St. Thomas?

If you are a transfer student to the University of St. Thomas, you can still apply through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program but you must have earned at least 32 credits at UST prior to being considered for admission. Applicants to the 2012 Tommie Law Early Admission Program would begin their law studies with the fall 2013 entering class so must complete all the requirements of a UST undergraduate degree prior to their fall 2013 law school matriculation.

Can I apply through this program as a senior or alumni of St. Thomas?

No. You can only apply to the Tommie Law Early Admission Program the year prior to the completion of your undergraduate degree. The correlation analysis conducted in preparation for the development of this program used data consistent with early admission after the completion of at least 96 credits and the program is designed for undergraduate students completing their junior year.

What would it cost me to apply to law schools through the regular admissions process?

Most applicants apply to an average of seven law schools. If we apply an average application fee of $75.00, the cost would be:

Application fees:
LSAT registration fee:
CAS (LSDAS) service fee:
LSDAS/JD CAS Reports:

$525
$132
$121
$ 84

Total:

$862

This amount does not include any expenses related to visiting schools, tuition deposit, or the possibility of multiple test registrations.

What would it cost me to apply for admission through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program?

We do not charge an application fee and there will be no fees associated with an LSAT or the Credential Assembly Service. The only cost incurred is if you are admitted to the program in which case you are asked to pay the $500.00 tuition deposit in August and a second deposit of $250.00 in February of 2013. The $750.00 will appear as a credit to your student account after you have started classes at the law school.

Exemption from LSAT

Am I really exempted from taking the LSAT if I apply through this program?

Yes. To evaluate your application, we will use your undergraduate grades and ACT or SAT score along with other criteria such as letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of leadership skills, commitment to service, and mission fit.

Do other schools have admissions options where applicants are exempt from taking the LSAT?

The University of St. Thomas School of Law joins a small group of law schools with similar programs. Other law schools with similar programs include the University of Minnesota, Northwestern and Georgetown.

Can I take the LSAT after being admitted to the program?

The Tommie Law Early Admission Program (TLEAP) is a nonbinding program. You can choose to take the LSAT after gaining admission to the TLEAP; however, if you want the LSAT score considered as part of your application, you would need to withdraw from TLEAP and apply through the regular admission process.

What if I have already taken the LSAT?

You are not eligible to apply for admission through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program but can apply through the regular application process. Please visit our web site at www.stthomas.edu/law for more information on the application requirements.

If I don’t take the LSAT will I still be eligible to sit for the bar exam after law school?

Yes.  The Board of Law Examiners does not require an LSAT score.

Admission Criteria

Is there a minimum undergraduate grade point average or test score (ACT or SAT)?

No. We do not require a minimum undergraduat GPA or test score. These are just two factors that are used in evaluating your application to UST Law.

Do I have to request an official transcript be sent to the law school admissions office?

You do not need to request an official transcript.  By submitting a certified application for admission, you authorize our access to the ACT and/or SAT scores submitted as part of the undergraduate admissions process. It is understood that the score(s) will be used to evaluate the applicant for admission through the Tommie Law Early Admission Program. You also authorize the law school admissions office to review all academic records through the University information system.

Do I have to have to be in a specific undergraduate program or major to be considered for the program?

You do not need to be in a specific program or major.  We will consider applications from all undergraduate disciplines.

Who should I ask for a Letter of Recommendation?

You are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from St. Thomas faculty who are familiar with your academic work.

How are Letters of Recommendations submitted?

Your two recommendations from faculty at St. Thomas should be sent directly from the recommender through campus mail to the law school admissions office, MSL 124, emailed to lawschool@stthomas.edu, or faxed to 651-962-4876.

Does everyone get an interview?

Applicants are selected for interviews by the admissions committee. Not every applicant will be selected for an interview.

Acceptance into TLEAP

Are scholarships available?

Each applicant to the Tommie Law Early Admission Program will be considered for admission and scholarship. Scholarship recipients are informed of any scholarship award in their decision letter.

If admitted is there a required tuition deposit to hold my seat in the fall 2014 entering class?

You will be required to pay a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 by August 15, 2013 and a second deposit in February 2014 of $250 to hold your seat in the fall 2014 entering class.

Can I apply to other law schools after gaining admission to the program?

Yes.  The Tommie Law Early Admission Program is nonbinding.  Other law schools will require that you take the LSAT and register through LSAC for the JDCAS (LSDAS) service.

If I am admitted and pay my tuition deposit, is the decision binding?

Admitted applicants will be asked to complete an enrollment agreement form but your decision to enroll is nonbinding.

TLEAP Enrollment Profile

Fall 2011

14 students enrolled at the School of Law through the Tommie Law Early Admission program:

Gender: Female 57%
  Male 43%

Average Age:  22

Minority Enrollment:  21%

GPA  
3.37 Mean
3.54 Median
3.05 25%
3.63 75%

 

Fall 2012

22 students applied through the Tommie Law Early Admission program and 16 were admitted. 15 students enrolled at the School of Law in fall 2012:

Gender: Female 60%
  Male 40%

Average Age:  22

Minority Enrollment:  33%

GPA  
3.37 Mean
3.38 Median
3.17 25%
3.70 75%

 

Fall 2013

22 students applied through the Tommie Law Early Admission program and 19 were admitted. 15 students enrolled at the School of Law in fall 2013:

Gender: Female 53%
  Male 47%

Average Age:  21

Minority Enrollment:  0%

GPA  
3.44 Mean
3.50 Median
3.31 25%
3.68 75%

 

Fall 2014

14 students applied through the Tommie Law Early Admission program and 14 were admitted. 14 students have indicated an intent to enroll at the School of Law in fall 2014:

Gender: Female 50%
  Male 50%

Average Age:  21

Minority Enrollment:  1%

GPA  
3.46 Mean
3.50 Median
3.20 25%
3.82 75%