Welcome to St. Thomas Law!
Congratulations on your offer of admission to the University of St. Thomas School of Law! We are excited to have you join our community and look forward to working with you throughout your legal career.
This section of our website is designed with you in mind. Be sure to check out the housing section to gain some helpful information regarding housing options in the Twin Cities. We have many resources you can utilize, along with some fantastic current student housing ambassadors. Reach out to any of us to help introduce you to living in the Twin Cities!
We also have our Class of 2020 Facebook Group up and running, and we encourage you to join! Use this page as a way to meet other admitted students and learn more about St. Thomas Law and the Twin Cities.
As you explore our website, you will learn more about our top-ranked faculty and externship program, as well as our community and quality of life. If there is anything you cannot find, please call (651) 962-4895 or send an email to email@example.com.
Assistant Dean of Admissions and International Studies
There are many different options for living here in the Twin Cities. Below you will find several helpful resources to assist you in your housing search.
- ApartmentSearch by CORT - Contact Amy Halvorson, our Relocation Specialist. ApartmentSearch is a free service. You can reach Amy by phone at (952) 657-7336, cell - (612) 508-4956 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FurnitureSearch by CORT - Contact Jessica Naber to rent furniture for your apartment. You can reach Jessica by email at Jessica.email@example.com.
- University of St. Thomas Off-Campus Student Services - The University of St. Thomas' undergraduate campus is located in beautiful St. Paul along the Mississippi River. The school operates a free shuttle that runs from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. between our two campuses. The Off-Campus Student center provides a great list of housing and roommate listings in the St. Paul area. Most of the housing is near the St. Paul campus and roommate listings for undergraduate students but every so often there are Minneapolis apartments listed along with graduate roommate listings. We encourage you to utilize this service.
- Email Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect via Skype @ustlaw if you're in need of additional help.
Current Student Housing Ambassadors
Our current student housing ambassadors are your best link to living in the Twin Cities. Please feel free to reach out to them as you look for housing.
Anna Guler (2L), familiar with the St. Paul around the St. Thomas campus, Downtown Minneapolis, and many suburbs (St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka , Edina, Bloomington, Richfield, Eden Prairie, Savage, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, and Chanhassen.)
Marcy Kreimier (3L), a non-MN native with expertise and advice on finding housing when you're not from the area.
Jackie Leffner (2L), familiar with housing options around St. Thomas, Loring Park, and suburbs.
Robin Polk (2L), familiar with the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood as well as dinky town and north/northeast Minneapolis.
Mary Butler (2L), familiar with St. Paul.
Lindsay Hewitt (1L), familiar with St. Paul, Highland Park, soutwest suburbs (Eden Prairie), Uptown Minneapolis and Downtown Minneapolis.
Travis LaChance (1L), familiar with Loring Park, Uptown Minneapolis and Downtown Minneapolis.
Ali Hitt (1L), familiar with Loring Park, Loring Heights, Stevens Square and Downtown Minneapolis.
Kirsten Hash (1L), familiar with Downtown Minneapolis.
Student Feedback on Local Housing
Our current students have offered candid feedback as to their housing experiences and recommendations. We hope these comments will be useful as you consider your housing options:
2015 Housing Survey Results (pdf)
2016 Housing Survey Results (link opens in new window)
2017 Housing Survey Results (link opens in new window)
Surrounding Neighborhood Descriptions
Maps / Directions
Bus / Light Rail
Apartment Finder-St. Paul
Apartment Living Guide
ApartmentSearch (formerly RelocationCentral)
Eitel Building City Apartments
First Week: Aug. 21-25
First Week is our Orientation Program and your first week of law school classes. During First Week, you will complete the Orientation Program, the first week of your Foundations of Justice course and the Academic Success Program. Our goal is to introduce you to the study of law and life at St. Thomas Law, and to build community among your incoming class.
First Week is mandatory. In order for us to count you as officially enrolled, you must check in for First Week in person on the first day.
Academic Success Program: Aug. 22-25
The Academic Success Program is a key component of First Week. In just four days, Scott Swanson, director of academic achievement, will lead you through the different types of work that will be required in a law school semester. The schedule includes:
Case briefs, class preparation, and discussion of case law regarding Homicide.
Continue discussion of Homicide and Defenses.
Create outline of Homicide and Defenses. Create group answer to practice Essay Test question.
Test Preparation and Practice Test (which will be individually critiqued during the early part of the semester, before midterms, so that you can consolidate what you have learned in your first law school testing situation.)
Sample Coursework: ASP 2017 Course Documents
Optional Orientation Activities
There are several optional activities planned during the week. Please RSVP for those events here.
Lawyering Skills 1: Professor Gordon, Professor Oseid and Professor Cornell
Chapter 1: Helene S. Shapo et al., Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th ed.)
Lawyering Skills 1: Professor Kahn
Tuesday, August 29: Chapter 1 - Helene S. Shapo et al., Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th ed.) pages 1-3 (“The Primary Sources of Law”); 14-20 (“Holding and Dicta”) and 63-78 (“Using the Parts of a Judicial Decision”)
Thursday, Aug 31: Shapo, pages 3-14; 20-37 (the rest of Chapter 1) and 39-63 (“Introduction to Reading Cases” and “Reading Strategies”)
Civil Procedures: Professor Paulsen
Civil Procedure: Professor Sisk
Torts: Dean Vischer
Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials(13th edition) pages 17-31
Torts: Professor Delahunty
Dobbs, Hayden, Bublick, Torts and Compensation, West Academic Press (8th edition) pages 4-10 and 35-46
Contracts: Professor Schiltz
Contracts: Professor Reid
Pages 1-17 of the casebook
Parking is available for students on a space-available basis. New students will be able to purchase parking permits in August. 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 St. Thomas 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 the School of Law.
Costs for Parking Permits (2017-18)
$225-Fall Semester Only (Aug 12-Dec 31)
$450-Full Year (Aug 12-May 31)
$30-Deposit (Ramp parking only)
The parking pass allows you to park in the designated parking ramp from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on a daily basis.
St. Thomas Law Students
Any student enrolled with the School of Law may be eligible to purchase a St. Thomas 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 St. Thomas Surface Lot off of LaSalle Ave. Permits will become available in August.
St. Thomas Inter-campus Shuttle
A free shuttle bus service is available Monday through Saturday between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses to those with a valid St. Thomas identification card. You will be required to show your St. Thomas ID when boarding the bus. This express shuttle makes only two stops, the St. Paul Campus (on the north side of Summit Avenue, in front of the Anderson Student Center) and the Minneapolis Campus (on the Harmon Place side of Terrence Murphy Hall. The School of Law is the next building south of TMH).
For shuttle schedule and more information visit http://www.stthomas.edu/parking/alternatives/ustshuttle/.
Graduate students registered for credits and who do not purchase a parking permit are eligible to purchase the Metro Transit C-Pass.The C-Pass is available for both the fall and spring semesters and for the summer. The C-Pass allows unlimited rides on Metro Transit buses and the light rail system. Passes are non-transferable and must be returned if the student withdraws from classes or the university. Use of the pass by anyone other than the purchaser is forbidden and will result in revocation of C-Pass privileges. A lost or stolen C-Pass can be replaced for $20; a second replacement will cost $40. Damaged passes will be replaced at no cost if the pass is returned along with a request for a replacement to Parking Services. C-Passes are only available for sale at the Parking Services Office. A valid UST identification card is required to purchase a pass.
Any computers (PC or Mac) made in the last 3 years will be adequate. Specifically:
- Operating System = English 64-bit Versions of Windows, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac iOS 10.6 or later.
- CPU = Intel Core i3 or higher or Industry Equivalent
- RAM = 4 GB or higher
- HD Drives = 50 GB of free space
For available discounts please refer to the ITS Tech Store.
Now is the time to make the investment in a tool that tackles your daily law school class needs. Students should treat this laptop investment as an essential professional and business tool. Electronic exam software (Minnesota Bar Exam uses the same software) is a basic word processor run within a secured environment and the computing power needed is minimal but it is paramount that students own a newer computer that is well maintained and functioning properly.
Networked printers are available on all levels of the library. Students are given a $32 printing allowance per semester (equivalent to about 400 grayscale prints). Printing over the allowance is charged to your student account.
Please note that using a personal computer to print from a UST printer will result in charges to your printing allotment.
To check your printing activity, log into http://print.stthomas.edu/ to check your balance or to request a refund.
There are three networked Multi-function Devices (for photocopying, printing and scanning) in the library. They are located on the lower level near the microform room, the second floor near the reference stacks, and the third floor near the elevator. You can use the MFD as a networked printer, charge copies to your student account, or scan documents to a flash drive. The MFDs on the lower level and the second floor do not accept cash.
Microsoft Office 365-Student Advantage
The University of St. Thomas is excited to announce the new Microsoft Student Advantage program. Because of the University's enterprise agreement with Microsoft, students are able to download and install Microsoft Office365 desktop applications at no additional cost on your personal PC or Mac computer.
The program provides access to Office 365, a full version of Office, including: Word, PowerPoint, Excel,Outlook and more.
As long as students are active (registered for a class with an active account) they will be able to download software.
Further information, instructions on downloading, features and more are located on the website: www.stthomas.edu/office365/
Direct all questions/issues regarding this to the ITS Tech Desk at (651)-962-6923 or email@example.com
Health Services Clinics
The University of St. Thomas Student Health Services provide a full range of medical care and information on how to minimize the potential for illness or injury. Health Services is staffed by RNs, Nurse Practitioners and MDs and services are free for all University of St. Thomas students. There is a charge for immunizations and prescription drugs received at Student Health Services.
- The Health Services Clinic is on the St. Paul campus and is located on the lower level of Brady Residence Hall. Hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nearby walk-in or urgent card clinics include:
Graduate and Professional Students
Graduate and professional program students are encouraged to provide their immunization information to assist in clinical care and/or travel health, but it is not a requirement. Registered students can click here to enter their immunization records into myHealthPortal.
All international students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) need to be screened for TB and may be required to have a tuberculin (TB) test. Students are unable to register for spring semester classes until you complete this requirement. These tests are provided and available at Health Services on the St. Paul Campus.
For more information regarding immunizations, visit the Health Services website:http://www.stthomas.edu/healthservices/immunizations
St. Thomas Mandatory Insurance Requirements
Health insurance is required of all F1 and J1 international students. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. F1 students may submit a request to waive the insurance if they already have insurance that meets coverage requirements (see http://www.stthomas.edu/healthservices/insurance/international/).
Dental and optical care is not covered under the health insurance plan in the U.S., so we strongly urge you to get dental and optical work done before you leave home. Students have the opportunity to purchase dental and vision discount programs.
St. Thomas Fitness
The School of Law has locker rooms and also a small workout room located on the Student Lounge floor of the law building. We also hold a weekly yoga class at the School of Law that costs $15/semester. The newly built Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (AARC) is located on the St. Paul campus and law student memberships are available. Law students are able to take the free shuttle bus to the St. Paul campus which arrives/leaves both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses every 20 minutes while school is in session.
AARC Graduate / Professional Student Memberships
Current graduate and professional students are eligible to purchase a non-refundable term membership for any of the terms listed below ($15/month fee). All graduate and professional students must present a valid University of St. Thomas ID card for access into the fitness areas.
|Fall Term (September 1 - December 31)||$60|
|Spring Term (January 1 - May 31)||$75|
|Summer Term (June 1 - August 31)||$45|
Additional Local Fitness options
YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
30 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
1130 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lifetime Fitness Minneapolis (Diamond Club)
615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Lifetime Fitness-Target Center
600 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Bike Trails in Minneapolis
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
1246 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
1206 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ideally, because of the intellectual demands of law school, first year students will not be employed during their first year. There is, however, no specific rule limiting student employment, and some students are able to manage the competing demands of law school and employment in that critical year.
During any semester for which a student is enrolled in 12 or more credits he or she should consider 20 hours per week of employment as a recommended maximum. This would allow a student to focus appropriately on the academic tasks of full-time student enrollment. If you have questions about student employment, or about this policy, please contact Scott Swanson, Director of Academic Achievement.
Located in downtown Minneapolis, the five-level University of St. Thomas School of Law building has been described as “breathtaking” by an American Bar Association site visit team and has received rave reviews for its beauty and its impressive design. Classrooms, faculty offices and student spaces are intermingled, a design that encourages interaction and cultivates the unique sense of community found at St. Thomas School of Law.
We understand that choosing a law school is a big decision! We want to help you get to know St. Thomas School of Law and would love to host you on campus. If you would like to schedule an individual visit to meet with a member of our admissions team, take a campus tour, attend a first-year class or set up a virtual appointment via Skype, please contact us at (651) 962-4895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Stay
The following nearby hotels offer discounts for our guests. Ask for the University of St. Thomas rate when making your reservation by phone.
For a complete list of hotels in the downtown Minneapolis area visit: http://www.minneapolis.org/visitor/hotels.
Transportation and Parking
If attending an admissions event or coming for an individual visit, parking information and directions will be sent prior to your arrival. We have multiple parking options for our visitors. If you are planning on taking public transportation, you can find information about your options on the Metro Transit website.
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
With our campus being located in downtown Minneapolis, getting to and from the MSP airport is easy! We are only a few blocks away from the light rail if you're looking for an inexpensive way to get from the MSP airport to our campus. You can find alternative transportation options on their website.
Whether coming to campus for an individual visit or for the Admitted Applicant Program, you may be eligible for our Travel Stipend. Please contact email@example.com if you have further questions.