Current Student News

Sep 29

New Disability Justice website aims to explain U.S. disability laws

Disability law is notoriously difficult to navigate – not only for individuals with disabilities and their families, but often for the lawyers who represent them, as well. A group of experts hopes to change that with the launch of a new website that aims to help lawyers, the disability community and members of the public access and understand information about disability laws in the United States. Read More

Sep 25

Religious liberty clinic files amicus brief in church’s freedom of speech U.S. Supreme Court case

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic has filed its latest amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a challenge by a small church to an ordinance that severely restricts the church’s ability to display temporary signs announcing and providing information about its Sunday worship services. Read More

Jul 28

3L Alex Migambi represents UST at the State House United Republic of Tanzania

This summer, 3L Alex Migambi joined a group of master’s and doctorate students for a 3-credit graduate course in Tanzania offered through the University of St. Thomas International Graduate Program. Read More

Jun 17

3L Lindsay Lien presents at Law and Society Conference

Lindsay Lien '15 presented “A One Horse Race: Legal and Practical Considerations for Horse Cloning” at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Minneapolis. Read More

Apr 14

Students argue Arizona death row inmate’s appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit

Clinical students Joy Nissen and Michelle King argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on April 7, raising the issue of whether prison officials, for the purpose of prison security, may read outgoing mail by a death row prisoner to his lawyer on direct appeal from a capital sentence. Read More

Mar 11

UST Law ranks #1 in nation for practical training

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is the No. 1 law school in the country for practical training. Read More

Mar 07
University of St. Thomas School of Law moot court team members Rachelle Velgersdyk, Parker Olson, and James Todd, and coach Aaron Knoll '12.

Moot court team advances to national competition

University of St. Thomas School of Law moot court team members Rachelle Velgersdyk, Parker Olson, and James Todd emerged from a 33-team regional tournament in Las Vegas on March 1 to advance to the National Appellate Advocacy Competition Finals held April 10-12 in Chicago. Read More

Mar 05

Clinic applications due March 17

The Legal Services Clinic is now accepting applications for clinical positions for the 2014-15 academic year. This includes summer and fall 2014, and spring 2015. Read More

Feb 13
Organizational Ethics & Compliance at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

School of Law launches new graduate degrees in organizational ethics and compliance

The University of St. Thomas School of Law this fall will begin offering two graduate degrees in the field of organizational ethics and compliance. They are the master of studies in law (M.S.L.), for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, and the master of laws (LL.M) for those who already hold the traditional law degree of juris doctor. Read More

Nov 13

We want you to be a published scholar in the UST Law Journal!

The first submissions deadline this year is Friday, January 17th at 11:59 p.m. Read More

Oct 16

Martinez wins MJF Outstanding Service Award

University of St. Thomas School of Law 3L Melissa Martinez is a recipient of the Minnesota Justice Foundation 2013 Outstanding Service Award. Read More

May 22

Rising 3L Erik Beitzel named 2013 CJP 'Student Service Learning Award' recipient

Second year law student Erik Beitzel, a certified student attorney with the UST Law Community Justice Project, was recently announced the recipient of the program’s 2013 Student Service Learning Award. Read More

Mar 15

Law Journal Symposium to tackle intersection of religious thought and intellectual property law in the 21st century

This spring a diverse group of legal, bioethics and religious scholars and entrepreneurs in the intellectual property industry will converge on the University of St. Thomas School of Law campus to present and discuss their views on a topic event organizers believe is cutting edge in an increasingly globalized and technological world – how might religious thought contribute to the substance and practice of Intellectual Property law? Read More

Oct 11

School of Law once again makes Princeton Review’s Top 10 for “Best Quality of Life”

The University of St. Thomas School of Law has again been recognized by the Princeton Review, returning to the top ten in the category of “Best Quality of Life.” The School of Law has made the top ten in this category for six of the last seven years. Last year the school was named to the top ten for having the “Best Professors.” Read More

Aug 27

University of St. Thomas School of law welcomes the Class of 2015

The University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomed the class of 2015 on Monday, August 20. The students have completed their first week on campus, and are joined by returning second and third year students today. Read More

Jul 05

CJP's Brotherhood project selected as Mosaic finalist

A University of St. Thomas group, Brotherhood, Inc., has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup competition. According to the Mosaic website, the competition is designed to “seek out, celebrate, and promote Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead.” Brotherhood, Inc. is a division of the Community Justice Project at the Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services. Read More

Jul 02

Prayer service planned at noon Tuesday for law student injured in Rome

A service to pray for the recovery of a University of St. Thomas School of Law student who was seriously injured in Rome will be held at noon Tuesday, July 3, in the Chapel of St. Thomas More in the School of Law building on St. Thomas’ downtown Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave. All are welcome to attend the service. Read More

Jul 02

Brodin receives MSBA's President's Award

The Minnesota State Bar Association honored University of St. Thomas School of Law Director of Career and Professional Development Kendra Brodin with the President’s Award at its annual meeting on June 22, 2012. Brodin received the award for her work as the founding chairperson of Committee 36. Read More

May 25

Religious Liberty CLE to be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

On Thursday, June 28 the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Catholic Conference will hold a CLE, “Religious Liberty, Conscience Rights, and Participation of Faith Communities in the Public Square”. The event, a day-long program begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. The conference will focus on exploring the protections afforded religious liberty by the law. Many of these topics will be at the forefront of public debate in coming months as the fall election season looms. Read More

Apr 05
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“Trial of Christ” Challenges Audiences to Consider Mercy in Death Penalty States

Justice and mercy are always held in tension according to former federal prosecutor, and current University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Mark Osler. This perspective stems from his first hand experience with areas of law where there is no mercy, such as federal crack/cocaine sentencing and the death penalty. But as a man of faith, Osler has also witnessed the power of redemption, and is working to give the condemned that life-saving second chance. Read More

Apr 02

Law School Presents "Mission Awards"

Each year the University of St. Thomas School of Law presents mission awards to faculty, staff, students and alumni for their contributions to the mission of the School of Law. This year’s winners were announced at a lunchtime ceremony on March 26. Read More

Mar 23

Twin Cities Daily Planet covers "How are the children"

The Twin Cities Daily Planet newspaper was on hand for the fifth annual "How Are The Children" conference held at the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, March 20. In the article "They are children who made a mistake: Conference explores Minnesota's school to prison pipeline" the conference and the impact of the Community Justice Project are discussed. Read More

Mar 19

Law Journal Announces 2012-2013 membership

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Journal has announced the recently-selected members of the 2012-2013 editorial board for the University of St .Thomas Law Journal. Read More

Feb 28

Dean search proceeds

As it chooses a new dean, the law school is pursuing its vision for the future, building on its remarkable success during the 10-year deanship of Tom Mengler. We seek a distinguished legal scholar or member of the legal profession who has a commitment to academic excellence, a strong affinity for the school’s Catholic mission, an ability to articulate an inspiring vision for the school’s future, and demonstrated qualities of leadership. Read More

Feb 14

Fr. Dan Griffith joins law school as Faculty Fellow of Law

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Robert Vischer has announced that Father Dan Griffith will join the School of Law community in January, 2012. Fr. Griffith will serve as Distinguished Service faculty, an appointment he received from the University of St. Thomas. In his first semester at the School of Law, Fr. Griffith will offer a course on Catholic social teaching and the law. The course will equip students to analyze and critique current issues of law and public policy through the lens offered by Catholic social teaching. Read More