Published on: Monday, August 27, 2012
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.
There are 146 students in the class of 2015. “It is a strong class with improved credentials, better gender balance, and wide geographical diversity.” Cari Haaland, Assistant Dean of Admissions said. The class of 2015 has a strong academic profile and includes graduates of 69 different institutions in every area of the country. While 58% of the first year students come from Minnesota, states outside of the region are strongly represented including students from coast to coast with 23 states represented overall.
Interim Dean Neil Hamilton credits the school’s mission for helping to draw strong students from across the country. “We have focused on identifying the values and skills employers and clients need, and our mission helps us meet those needs head-on by equipping students with strong relationship skills and a sense of accountability that prepares them to excel in the workplace.” New survey data of law students nationwide buttressed Hamilton’s claims, as University of St. Thomas students reported greater progress than students at peer schools on measures such as learning to work effectively with others, real-world problem solving, academic and employment-related support, exposure to diverse perspectives in class, and quality of relationships with faculty and other students.
As planned, the class of 2015 is smaller than the class of 2014. “After several years of recruiting slightly larger entering classes, this year we decided to return to the law school’s original class sizes,” Haaland explained, “and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
“This is always an exciting time of year, and we have a lot to look forward to,” Hamilton said. This fall the School of Law will likely name a new Dean and there are a variety of academic activities on campus open to the public including a national conference on mentoring in the legal profession, and the Law Journal Symposium which will focus on professionalism and ethics across the professions.