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 fall 2015 entering class will be guaranteed no tuition increases during the entire juris doctor program. 

Direct Costs

Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Full-time (12-17 credits/semester) tuition for the fall 2015 entering class is $18,790 per semester for fall and spring semesters. Part-time (8-11 credits/semester) tuition for the fall 2015 entering class is $14,091 per semester for fall and spring semesters. All students taking summer term classes will be charged $1,281 per credit. All students also are required to pay an annual technology fee of $206 and a student activity fee of $155. These fees are prorated for part-time students. 

Students entering in fall 2015 as part-time students who enroll in the recommended first-semester course load of 12 credits will be charged the part-time tuition rate of $14,091 for their first semester despite their 12-credit course load.

LL.M. in U.S. Law
Full-time (12-17 credits/semester) tuition for the 2015-16 academic year is $18,790 per semester for fall and spring semesters. All students also are required to pay an annual technology fee of $206 and a student activity fee of $155.

M.S.L. & LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance
Tuition for the 2015-16 academic year is charged at $1,281 per credit. Full-time students also are required to pay a technology fee of $206 and a student activity fee of $155. 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 2015-16 academic year is $20,340. 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.

Working During Law School

Working During Law School

UST School of Law imposes no restriction on employment, but we recommend that a full-time student work fewer than 20 hours per week. If you plan to work more than 20 hours a week, you should consider attending part time.