Financing Your Education

A new School of Law graduate poses for a family photo May 12, 2012 following the School of Law's commencement in Orchestra Hall.

Tuition Freeze

The School of Law is implementing a tuition freeze for its next incoming J.D. class. All members of the class of 2017 who begin taking courses in fall 2014 will be guaranteed no tuition increases during the entire three-year juris doctor program. 

In addition, by switching from a per-credit tuition model to a flat-fee structure, the first-year tuition rate for these students will decrease by more than $2,000 over the current rate. Currently, students pay a higher first-year rate because of a heavier credit load in the first year compared to the second and third years. Beginning in fall 2014, tuition will be spread evenly across the three years.

Direct Costs

Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Full-time annual tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $36,844. Students also are required to pay a technology fee of $198 and a student activity fee of $143. Part-time students pay tuition on a per-credit basis.

LL.M. in U.S. Law
Full-time annual tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $36,844. Full-time students also are required to pay a technology fee of $198 and a student activity fee of $143. These fees are prorated for part-time students.

M.S.L. & LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $1,256 per credit. Full-time students also are required to pay a technology fee of $198 and a student activity fee of $143. These fees are prorated for part-time students.

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 2014-15 academic year is $19,963. The actual amount of these expenses varies depending upon the circumstances of each student. 

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is committed to making high quality legal education available to students by offering several forms of financial assistance, including scholarship, employment and loans. Financial assistance is designed to help students meet all education-related expenses, including not only tuition, but housing, meals and other living expenses.

J.D. Student Employment

Limitations on J.D. Student Employment

During any semester for which he or she is enrolled in 12 or more credits, no J.D. student shall engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week (whether inside or outside the School of Law.)