FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answers to the general questions most frequently asked of our admissions staff are below. For answers to more program-specific questions, see the links at right.

Where is St. Thomas Law ranked in the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings?

The University of St. Thomas School of Law ranks No. 111 (2016). It was ranked for the first time in 2007, when it appeared in the third tier.

 

How much does it cost to attend St. Thomas School of Law?

Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Full-time (12-17 credits/semester) tuition for the fall 2016 entering class is $19,354 per semester for fall and spring semesters. Part-time (8-11 credits/semester) tuition for the fall 2016 entering class is $14,516 per semester for fall and spring semesters. All students taking summer term classes will be charged $1,320 per credit. All students also are required to pay an annual technology fee of $214 and a student activity fee of $155. The fees are prorated for part-time students. 

Students entering in fall 2016 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 $14,516 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 2016-17 academic year is $19,354 per semester for fall and spring semesters. All students also are required to pay an annual technology fee of $214 and a student activity fee of $155.

M.S.L. & LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance
Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is charged at $1,320 per credit. Full-time students also are required to pay a technology fee of $214 and a student activity fee of $155. These fees are prorated for part-time students.

How do I arrange a campus visit or sit in on a class?

We would love to show you around! Contact the Office of Admissions at (651) 962-4895 or lawschool@sthomas.edu. You should be prepared to provide the admissions staff with dates and times that are convenient for you to visit. We will make every effort to accommodate your visit and to arrange for you to meet with an admissions counselor and current students, and to sit in on a class.

Where exactly is St. Thomas School of Law located?

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is located on St. Thomas's downtown Minneapolis campus, situated on 11th Street between LaSalle Avenue and Harmon Place.

Where should I park when visiting?

There is a lot directly in front of UST School of Law that you may park in. The entrance is off of LaSalle Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets.

In the event that this lot is full, there is a parking ramp located on the corner of 11th Street and Harmon Place that is connected to the Law School building by a skyway. The entrance to this ramp is a left hand turn off of 11th Street, and we can validate your parking for this ramp. 

It is possible that the above mentioned parking areas could fill up depending on different events that may be taking place in the downtown area. In that case, there is an underground ramp located on 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue that we can also validate parking for. The entrance to this ramp is a right-hand turn off of Hennepin Avenue, just after you pass through the stop lights on 10th Street. Both of these parking options are indicated on the Minneapolis Campus Map.

Details regarding parking and directions will be emailed prior to your visit to campus.

 

Financial Aid

When should I file the FAFSA?

The FAFSA may be filed any time after January 1.  We recommend that you file your FAFSA after completing your federal tax return and no later than 7/1.

What is the federal code for St. Thomas School of Law?

Our code is 002345. When completing the FAFSA form, you will be required to enter St. Thomas School of Law's federal school code.

 

Student Services

Do you have on-campus housing?

We have limited on-campus housing available for international students. However, the cities and suburbs of the Twin Cities metropolitan area comprise a vibrant and dynamic location for students to live. Whether you are interested in urban or residential living, cityscapes or park views, the Twin Cities has a neighborhood and style of living right for you.

While you have the option of living throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, many of our current students choose to live near the law school downtown Minneapolis campus or near the main campus in St. Paul. However, housing costs can vary greatly throughout the metropolitan area depending on a number of factors like location, size, and number of roommates.

Click here to learn more about where to live.

What does housing cost in the Twin Cities?

Housing costs can vary greatly throughout the metropolitan area depending on a number of factors like location, size and number of roommates. If you apply for financial aid, the UST Financial Aid Office provides a living allowance. We encourage you to make every effort to keep housing costs within the budgeted amount by looking for student discounts, getting a roommate, or avoiding luxury apartment complexes that offer no discount.

I don't know anyone in the Twin Cities, but would like a roommate. How do I go about finding one?

Our Office of Admissions keeps a list of incoming first-year J.D. students who are seeking roommates. Email us at lawschool@stthomas.edu if you would like to be added to the list or be connected with an incoming student.

Also, as an admitted student you will be invited to join your class Facebook group, which will provide a great way to meet incoming students and find potential roommates.

What are my options for purchasing a parking permit as a current student?

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 Campus Services 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 also be purchased by going to the Campus Services Office on the first floor of Terrence Murphy Hall, next to the campus store.

Costs for Parking Permits
$225-Fall Semester Only (Aug 12-Dec 31)
$450-Full Year (Aug 12-May 31) 
$30-Refundable Deposit (Ramp parking only)  
No deposit needed for those who choose to park in the UST Surface Lot. 

Parking Eligibility

Full-time day students
Full-time day students, (students taking at least 12 credit hours, and are on campus 3 or more days per week) 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.

The parking pass allows you to park in the designated parking ramp from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on a daily basis.

For more information - http://www.stthomas.edu/parking/

What are my options for public transportation to campus?

Students who are registered for any number of credits are eligible to purchase a Student MetroPass for a discounted rate. The pass allows students unlimited rides on all Metro Transit buses and the light rail system for the entire semester. Students who purchase University of St. Thomas parking permits are not eligible for the MetroPass. Passes are non-transferable and must be returned if the student withdraws from classes. MetroPasses are available at St. Thomas Public Safety offices and a valid UST ID is required in order to purchase a pass. Passes must first be pre-registered through Murphy Online. Registration is available in August.

For more information: http://www.metrotransit.org/

 

Curricular Programs

What concentrations or specializations does St. Thomas School of Law offer for J.D. students?

The University of St. Thomas School of Law for the first time began offering a concentration in Organizational Ethics & Compliance to the class of 2015. The compliance concentration requires you to take 12 or more credit hours of compliance courses, including 3 required courses and 1 or more elective courses. The concentration will be noted on your transcript, and you can tell future employers of your concentration in law school toward this skill set. 

Unlike in undergraduate studies, J.D. students are not required to declare a major. As a J.D. student, you will take courses based on your specific interests in an area of law, or across a wide array of coursework allowing you to develop a broader understanding of the general body of law. Lawyers gain their true "expertise" in a particular area of the law throughout the duration of their career, and may be required to change the focus of their law practice and develop another range of knowledge without returning to law school.

Does St. Thomas School of Law offer joint and dual degrees?

Yes. The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers one dual degree program: the J.D./LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance, and three joint degree programs: the J.D./M.B.A., the J.D./M.A. in Catholic Studies, and the J.D./M.S.W. By combining courses of two degrees into one program, you are able to earn two advanced degrees in less time than required to earn each separately. For more information, please call the Office of Admissions at (651) 962-4895.

Can I finish both my J.D. and LL.M. degree in three years?

Yes. You can complete all the requirements in three years, although we don't generally recommend it because you might have to take classes at the expense of gaining work experience and networking during school. But if this is best for your situation, it is possible. If you choose to complete the J.D. and LL.M. in six semesters (plus summers), you will take the bar exam after graduation.

What is the Mentor Externship Program?

Our innovative Mentor Externship Program has been ranked the #1 externship program in the country since 2010 by PreLaw Magazine. The program pairs you with a lawyer or judge working in your area of interest who will help you gain work experience, develop relationships and navigate the legal field.