Tuition & Scholarships

Direct Costs

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Full-time (12-17 credits/semester) tuition for the fall 2017 entering class is $19,935 per semester for fall and spring semesters. Part-time (8-11 credits/semester) tuition for the fall 2017 entering class is $14,951 per semester for fall and spring semesters. All students taking summer term classes will be charged $1,360 per credit. All students also are required to pay an annual technology fee of $222 and a student activity fee of $155.

Students entering in fall 2017 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 $14,951 for their first semester, despite their 12-credit course load.

Indirect Costs

For students who apply for financial aid, the nine-month Cost of Attendance Budget includes allowances for other indirect costs, such as books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, insurance and other miscellaneous expenses. This cost is calculated each spring for the following academic year. The allowance for the 2017-18 academic year is $20,641. The actual amount of these expenses varies depending upon the circumstances of each student. 

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is committed to making high quality legal education available to students by offering several forms of financial assistance, including scholarship, employment and loans. Financial assistance is designed to help students meet  education-related expenses, including not only tuition, but housing, meals and other living expenses.

Working During Law School

The School of Law imposes no restriction on employment, but we recommend that a full-time student work fewer than 20 hours per week. If you plan to work more than 20 hours a week, you should consider attending part time.