The University of St. Thomas School of Law administers a scholarship program for students with outstanding academic records or who are particularly likely to contribute to the school’s mission.
The School of Law does not designate a specific number of scholarships to be awarded in an academic year, but instead awards scholarship from a broad pool of scholarship monies. In awarding scholarships to students, our goal is to use the pool of money to attract and reward students who may bring a strong academic background, a unique view point, and/or a dynamic experiential voice. It is also our goal to attract students who bring ethnic and cultural diversity to our law school community.
There is no separate application other than the law school admissions application, and all students are considered for scholarship at the time they apply to the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Students who are awarded a scholarship will be notified as part of a positive admissions decision.
The criteria for receiving a scholarship are the same as those used for admitting a student to the School of Law. Applications are reviewed on a whole file basis with attention paid to those students who display broad strength in a combination of LSAT, undergraduate GPA, and mission fit.
All scholarships are offered on a three-year basis, meaning that students retain the scholarship provided they remain in good academic standing. This means our scholarships are not conditional scholarships as defined in ABA Standard 509, Interpretation 509-4. For more information on the UST Law Scholarship policy, refer to Section II-6 of the policy manual.
The President’s Scholarship is awarded on behalf of Dr. Julie Sullivan, president of the University of St. Thomas. President’s Scholars typically reflect strength in their academic performance and demonstrate a compelling fit with the mission of the School of Law. President’s Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship.
The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded on behalf of the Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Dean’s Scholars typically reflect strength in their academic performance and demonstrate a compelling fit with the mission of the School of Law. Dean’s Scholars receive a partial-tuition scholarship that can range up to 90% of tuition annual award for the three years of law school.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers a Dean's Service Scholarship. Every admissible applicant who has completed or is scheduled to complete a service commitment through one of the organizations listed below is guaranteed a 20% renewable three-year scholarship. The terms of service must be one year or longer.
Service scholars will also be eligible for additional Dean's scholarship awards ranging from 10% to 90% of tuition. There is no additional scholarship application required for the Service Scholarship award, but an applicant must include a statement in their application materials at the time of application indicating their service period and may be asked for documentation verifying the completion of the service commitment.
The Access to Justice Scholars program is a $75,000 scholarship program for individuals who have an interest in and commitment to pursuing legal practice in a small-town or rural setting. Through the program, UST School of Law works with the Minnesota State Bar Association to match Access to Justice scholars with a mentor experienced in small-town or rural practice.
All academically qualified applicants are invited to submit an essay explaining their interest in, and commitment to, pursuing legal practice in a small-town or rural setting. The essay should be submitted with the application for admission. Applicants will be invited to interview with a faculty admissions committee. Awardees are granted $25,000 or the equivalent percentage of tuition each year of the three-year J.D. program. This scholarship program is for new incoming students beginning in fall 2015.
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Law Student Scholarships and Awards