Admission

What do I need to do to apply to St. Thomas Law?

In order to apply, you need to complete an application for admissions to the University of St. Thomas School of Law. A complete application includes: a complete and signed application form; our application fee is waived; the personal statement; and a complete CAS (LSDAS) report. A complete CAS report includes a minimum of two letters of recommendation, a copy of all transcripts from post-secondary institutions, and a reportable LSAT score. 

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply for entrance into the fall class is August 1. However, we review applications on a rolling basis and students should apply as early as possible to increase the chance for favorable admissions and scholarship decisions.

What does it mean to review applications on a rolling basis?

Reviewing applications on a rolling basis means that applications are reviewed by the admissions committee in the order in which they are received in the admissions office and become complete.

How do I know when my application is complete?

You can check the status of your application online through LSAC. You will receive an email from UST School of Law with your username and password shortly after we receive your application. We will also request your CAS report from the Law School Admission Council. Your application is complete when we have received a CAS report including all your undergraduate transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation. It is not unusual for components of the CAS report to have been submitted and waiting to be processed by Law Services. A follow-up report is sent to the admissions office whenever additional pieces of information are updated to the report.

However, if there are substantial problems with the CAS report that require candidate action, the admissions office will contact you so that you may correct the issue. Applicants to UST School of Law should check with Law Services to ensure that their CAS report contains a reportable LSAT score, at least two letters of recommendation, and all post-secondary institution transcripts. You should also feel free to contact our admissions office to check the status of your application.

What do I need to know about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered six times annually.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has put together a great reference guide about the LSAT. Click here to learn more about the test. 

What is the latest date I can take the LSAT exam?

We will accept an LSAT score from any of the dates that the exam is offered. However, you should keep the August 1 application deadline in mind if you intend to take the June LSAT just prior to the fall entrance date. Since we admit students and award scholarship on a rolling basis, late applicants to the program may find that there are no seats or scholarship remaining at that late date.

Finally, we prefer that an LSAT score not be more than three years old, but at no time will accept an LSAT score that is more than five years old.

If I call the Admissions Office and provide my LSAT score and GPA, can I find out whether or not it is likely I will receive an offer of admission?

No. The admissions staff cannot predict the likelihood of an applicants chance of being admitted based solely on their LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. We consider many factors in addition to the numerical indices when making a decision whether to admit a student to the class. We refer to this as "mission fit."

If you have questions about the competitiveness of your LSAT score or GPA with regard to the entire applicant pool, we would be happy to visit with you. Please feel free to make an appointment with the admissions office.

If I took the LSAT more than once, how do you review the scores?

We will review all test scores submitted, but will consider the highest score when reviewing your file.

What are the minimum LSAT score and GPA that St. Thomas Law accepts?

We do not use cut-off or minimum score requirements when making admissions decisions. The medians, 25th and 75th percentiles represent the profile of the previous entering class, and are intended to be used as a gauge to measure the competitiveness of your numerical indices. Moreover, all applicants should seek to enter the applicant pool as competitively as possible with regard to their LSAT score, their undergraduate GPA, and their mission fit.

Do you have an early decision process?

No. We do, however, encourage students to apply early in the process. The admissions office begins accepting applications as early as September 1, and the committee begins reviewing applications in November. Once a file completes and enters the committee review process, it typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a decision to be reached. Those students who have submitted their application early in the process have an increased opportunity to be considered for admissions and scholarship.

May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

Yes. We require a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation, however, you may submit as many letters of recommendation as you deem valuable or beneficial to your application. Also, remember that LSDAS will accept four general letters of recommendation to be sent to every school to which you apply. Additional letters must be sent directly to the admissions office.

What is the CAS?

CAS stands for Candidate Assembly Service. It is offered by LSAC, the Law School Admissions Council. LSAC is the same organization that administers the LSAT exam. CAS is a service offered as a convenience to both applicants and law schools, and serves as a clearinghouse for the information and data necessary for applying to law schools. Your LSAT exam score will be reported to law schools through this service.

It is also the mechanism that calculates all credits from all of your post- secondary institution transcripts into a cumulative GPA and compiles a complete record of your letters of recommendation. The CAS allows students to have one copy of transcripts and letters submitted on their behalf. A complete CAS report is then forwarded to the law schools at which you apply.

Do I have to register for the CAS?

Yes. All students applying to UST School of Law must register with CAS. A CAS report will be the method through which your LSAT score, letters or recommendation and transcripts will be submitted to the law school for review.

To register for the CAS, please go to the Law School Admissions Council website.

Does St. Thomas Law consider the personal statement and letters of recommendation in the decision to award scholarship?

Yes. The personal statement and letters of recommendation are a valuable part of the admissions committee's review. The personal statement is used to evaluate mission fit, as well as displaying the writing skills necessary for being successful in law school. The letters of recommendation are useful in highlighting the characteristics, both academic and personal, that an applicant brings to the law school community.

When will I be notified of the admissions decision?

Once a file completes and enters the committee review process, it typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a decision to be reached.

Applicants who have been denied or waitlisted will also be notified of the committee's decision in that same period of time.

How do I check the status of my application?

Applicants may check on the status of their application through the application status link on the Prospective Student website. Shortly after receiving your application, we will send you an email providing you with a username and password.

Does St. Thomas Law offer a conditional or provisional admission program?

No. We do, however, participate in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity and the Pre-Law Summer Institute summer programs. Students who are applying to or plan to participate in either of these programs should disclose that as part of their application.

I plan to participate in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) / Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) program this summer. Will this be considered by the Admissions Committee?

Yes. Your participation in the CLEO or PLSI program will be considered by the admissions committee, and should be disclosed as part of the original application. A decision from the admissions committee may be held pending evaluation of your participation and performance in the program.

Does St. Thomas Law offer a part-time program?

For full-time students, we have long offered the possibility of flexibility in scheduling when necessary. First-year students presumptively take the full required course offerings, but if there are particular personal or professional circumstances that necessitate a lighter load, the student can take a reduced load to meet their other obligations. Upper-division students can choose to take fewer than a full load of courses (and take more semesters to graduate) if that meets their professional or personal needs. Please visit this web page for more information on our flexible enrollment option. You will find detailed information and a curriculum map. https://www.stthomas.edu/law/jd/parttime/

I was notified that I have been waitlisted. What does it mean to be waitlisted?

Waitlisted means that the admissions committee has completed review of your application, but has chosen not to make an offer of admission at this time and would like to hold the application for further review should there be seats available later in the admissions process. To be waitlisted is distinct from a denial, which means that the committee has reached a final determination on the application and will not review the file further for any openings in this year's entering class.

I received a letter indicating that my application has been denied. Can I appeal the decision or request reconsideration?

No. Once an applicant has received a decision denying his or her application for this year's class, there is no ability to appeal that decision. You are welcome to apply during a subsequent application season but should seriously evaluate the need to improve the strength of your application to be more competitive in a new applicant pool.

Is it possible to defer my decision of admission until next year?

Yes, we accept requests for deferment in writing. Should the request be approved, the deferral will be for one year.

My degree is from a foreign institution, where should I send my transcripts?

If your undergraduate work was done outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada, we require that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. For additional information, visit www.lsac.org.