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.

The website is designed with you, the student, 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 2019 Facebook Group up and running and encourage you to join! Use this page as a way to meet other admitted students and learn more about UST School of 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 lawschool@stthomas.edu.

Cari Haaland
Assistant Dean of Admissions and International Studies

Housing

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Apartments for rent starting August 1 became available June 1.  If you are looking to live downtown, now is the time to secure your apartment for an August 1 move in date!  Contact Amy Halvorson (below) to help get the ball rolling quickly.  She has great contacts in downtown and is ready to help!!

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 amy.halvorson@cort.com.
  • FurnitureSearch by CORT - Contact Tina Zappa to rent furniture for your apartment.  You can reach Tina by email at tina.zappa@cort.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 lawschool@stthomas.edu 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.

Clara Cypull (rising 3L), familiar with all of St. Paul and Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis, Northeast and North Minneapolis, the south suburbs (Eagan, Bloomington, Richfield), and also some familiarity with Golden Valley/ St. Louis Park and New Brighton/Fridley/Blaine.
Email: cjcypull@stthomas.edu

Anna Guler (rising 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.)
Email: gule6954@stthomas.edu

Marcy Kreimier (rising 3L), a non-MN native with expertise and advice on finding housing when you're not from the area.
Email: mmkreimier@stthomas.edu

Jackie Leffner (rising 2L), familiar with housing options around St. Thomas, Loring Park, and suburbs.
Email: jleffner@stthomas.edu

Robin Polk (rising 2L), familiar with the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood as well as dinky town and north/northeast Minneapolis.
Email: polk5008@stthomas.edu

Mary Butler (rising 2L), familiar with St. Paul.
Email: butl3810@stthomas.edu

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:‌‌

2013 Housing Survey Results (pdf)

2014 Housing Survey Results (pdf)

2015 Housing Survey Results (pdf)‌

2016 Housing Survey Results (link opens in new window)

Surrounding Neighborhood Descriptions

Minneapolis neighborhoods
Uptown

Maps / Directions

www.minneapolis.org/visitor/map-transportation/maps
www.metrotransit.org/maps-schedules.aspx

Bus / Light Rail

http://www.metrotransit.org/   

Apartment Searches

Apartment Finder-Minneapolis
Apartment Finder-St. Paul
Apartment Living Guide
ApartmentAdvisor
ApartmentSearch (formerly RelocationCentral)  
Craigslist                                 
Eitel Building City Apartments
Hot Pads
PadMapper
Trulia-Minneapolis
Zillow
Zumper

Realty Companies

Coldwell Banker Burnet 
Edina Realty 

K-12 Education

Minnesota Department of Education
Catholic School Listing

Orientation

First Week: Monday, Aug. 22-Friday, Aug. 26

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.

Orientation Optional Events and Activities

Academic Success Program

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:

Day One
Case briefs, class preparation, and discussion of case law regarding Homicide.

Day Two
Continue discussion of Homicide and Defenses.

Day Three
Create outline of Homicide and Defenses. Create group answer to practice Essay Test question.

Day Four
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 2016 Course Documents

First Week/Course Assignments

Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 29‌. Your first assignments can be found below.

Sample Schedules

The following are sample schedules only and are subject to change.

Sample Schedule A1

Sample Schedule B1

Sample Schedule B2

Parking and Transportation

Parking

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

$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.

Map of Minneapolis Campus

Parking Eligibility

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 UST Surface Lot off of LaSalle Ave.  Permits will become available in August.

Parking and Transportation Services

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/.

Public Transportation

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.

You must first register for the Metropass through Murphy Online, before picking up the pass at the Parking Services Office. Click here for registration instructions. 

Twin Cities Metro Transit

Computer Recommendations

University of St. Thomas Information Technology Services

Computer Recommendations

Minimum Configuration:

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 MB 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.

Printing

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.

Scanning and Copying

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.

Computer Questions

For other computing questions, please contact ITS Client Services by phone 651-962-6230, by email techdesk@stthomas.edu or visit the Scholars & TD Too walk up counters.

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, includingWordPowerPointExcel,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 techdesk@stthomas.edu

Health and Wellness

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:

Immunizations

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.

Tuberculosis

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

International students

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.

For more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/healthservices/international
International Student UST Health Insurance Plan

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 
http://ymcatwincities.org/
30 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-371-8700

Downtown YWCA
http://www.ywca-minneapolis.org/locations/downtown/index.asp
1130 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-332-0501

Lifetime Fitness Minneapolis (Diamond Club) 
http://clubs.lifetimefitness.com/Minneapolis/11248/
615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-752-7000

Lifetime Fitness-Target Center
https://www.lifetimefitness.com/en/clubs/target-center-minneapolis-mn/your-lt.html
600 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-486-3600

Bike Trails in Minneapolis
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles/

CorePower Yoga-Minneapolis
CorePower Yoga 
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-375-9642

Kosama-Minneapolis
Kosama
1246 Hennepin Ave 
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-246-3380

Steele Fitness
Steele Fitness-Minneapolis
1206 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
763-233-5800

 

Student Employment

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.

Visit Campus

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 lawschool@stthomas.edu

Admitted Applicant Program
We encourage you to attend the Admitted Applicant Program on Friday, April 8.  You can find more information here. You will receive a personal invite closer to the date of the event.

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.

Double Tree Guest Suites
1101 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis MN 55403 Map
800 245-8011 or 612 332-6800  
Reserve online (with discount)

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55403 Map
1-800-522-8856
Reserve online (with discount)

Courtyard Marriott
1500 Washington Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55454 Map
612-333-4646 
Reserve online (with discount)

Holiday Inn Express Convention Center
225 S. 11th St.
Minneapolis MN 55403 Map
800 870-0114 or 612 341-3300 
Reserve online (with discount)

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 indivual 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 lightrail 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.

Travel Stipend
Whether coming to campus for an individual visit or for the Admitted Applicant Program, you may be eligible for our Travel Stipend.  Please contact lawschool@stthomas.edu if you have further questions.