Welcome to UST School of 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.

You will find a lot of helpful information within this section and throughout our website.  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 2018 Facebook Page 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 me directly at 651-962-4872 or send an email to lawschool@stthomas.edu.

Cari Haaland
Assistant Dean of Admissions and International Studies


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.

  • Holly Noble - Assistant Director of Admissions at UST School of Law.  She keeps a list of incoming first-year J.D. students who are seeking roommates.  Email her at holly.noble@stthomas.edu if you would like to be added to the list or be connected with an incoming student.
  • 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 Kerri Trombley to rent furniture for your apartment.  You can reach Kerri by phone at (952) 657-7331, or by email at kerri.trombley@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. 

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.

Bethany Hanson - 2L, expert on Loring Park, North Minneapolis, and North Metro. Familiar with the West Metro as well.
Email: hans1338@stthomas.edu

Jay Hinner - 2L, expert on Loring Park and the North Loop (both in Downtown). Familiar with Lowry Hill as well.
Email: hinn2295@stthomas.edu

Nicholas Lebbin - 2L, expert on Downtown Minneapolis.
Email: lebb2688@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)‌

Surrounding Neighborhood Descriptions

Minneapolis neighborhoods

Maps / Directions


Bus / Light Rail


Apartment Searches

Apartment Finder-Minneapolis
Apartment Finder-St. Paul
Apartment Living Guide
ApartmentSearch (formerly RelocationCentral)  
Eitel Building City Apartments

Realty Companies

Coldwell Banker Burnet 
Edina Realty 

K-12 Education

Minnesota Department of Education
Catholic School Listing


First Week: Monday, Aug. 24-Friday, Aug. 28

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 UST School of 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:

Please RSVP for the optional events and activities for orientation week here:



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.)

ASP 2015 Course Documents


First Week/Course Assignments

First Week: Monday, Aug. 24-Friday, Aug. 28

Fall Schedule Classes Begin: Monday, Aug. 31

Courses (updated 8/28/15):

Civil Procedure - Professor Greg Sisk: First Assignment/Course Document(s)

Civil Procedure - Professor Paulsen: Professor Paulsen will reach out to students via Blackboard or via email with the first assignment.

Contracts - Professor Chuck Reid: pp. 1-18 of the casebook by David Epstein, Bruce A. Markell, and Lawrence Ponoroff, “Contracts:  Making and Doing Deals.” Note: UPDATED 8/11/15

Contracts - Professor Elizabeth Schiltz: Reading Assignments for First Week

Foundations of Justice - all sections: Syllabus - First week 2015

Lawyering Skills I - Professor Jenny Cornell: Syllabus and First Assignment Readings

Lawyering Skills I - Professor Mitch Gordon: Students should read Chapter 1 of the Shapo book (Helene S. Shapo, et. al,  Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th edition 2013)).

Lawyering Skills I - Professor Rob Kahn: Welcome to Lawyering Skills I!  For the first class, please read pages 1-3 (“The Primary Sources of Law); 14-20 (“Holding and Dicta”) and 63-78 (“Using the Parts of a Judicial Decision”) from Helene R. Shapo, et. al. Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th edition).

Lawyering Skills I - Professor Julie Oseid: Students should read Chapter 1 of the Shapo book (Helene S. Shapo, et. al,  Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th edition 2013)) and keep a list of all new vocabulary words from the chapter. 

Torts - Professor Bowser: The first torts assignment is Casebook, pp. 1-18.

Torts- Professor Fr. Dwight Whitt: The casebook for our course is Christie, George C., et al., eds., Cases & Materials on the Law of Torts (5th ed., 2012) and the required supplementary texts are A Concise Restatement of Torts (3d ed., 2013) and the course Handout Supplement, which is on sale in the UST Bookstore. For Monday, August 31, 2015, read pages 1-7 and 19-33 in the casebook, and be especially familiar with The Case of Thorns and Weaver v. Ward, and with Christie’s discussion of the concept of ‘fault.’  For Wednesday, September 2, read Christie, pages 34-44, and brief the cases therein in light of the Restatement sections discussed at pages 34-35.  And for Friday, September 4, read 30 to 35 pages in Christie ahead of where Wednesday’s class discussion ends.” 

Parking and Transportation


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 UST 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 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

School of Law Students

Any student enrolled with the School of Law may be eligible to purchase a UST 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

UST 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 Resources and Technology

Computer Recommendations

Minimum Configuration:

Any computers (PC or Mac) made in the last 3 years will be adequate. Specifically:

  • Operating System = English 32-bit or 64-bit Versions of Windows, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 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 IRT 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.

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 cumputing questions, please contact IRT Client Services by phone 651-962-6230, by email irthelp@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/irt/students/office365/

Direct all questions/issues regarding this to the IRT Tech Desk at (651)-962-6923 or irthelp@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:


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

UST 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

UST Fitness

The law school has locker rooms and also a small workout room located on the Student Lounge floor of the law school building.  We also hold a weekly yoga class at the law school 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
Phone: 612-371-8700

Downtown YWCA
1130 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-332-0501

Lifetime Fitness Minneapolis (Diamond Club) 
615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-752-7000

Lifetime Fitness-Target Center
600 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Bike Trails in Minneapolis

CorePower Yoga-Minneapolis
CorePower Yoga 
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

1246 Hennepin Ave 
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Steele Fitness
Steele Fitness-Minneapolis
1206 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403


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.


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