The University of St. Thomas School of Law has been granted membership in the American Association of Law Schools. The association’s House of Representatives voted to approve St. Thomas’ membership at the AALS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 5.

To attain membership, a school is subjected to rigorous review that includes a visit to the school by AALS representatives.

On hand to be welcomed into the AALS were St. Thomas’ law Dean and Ryan Chair in Law Thomas Mengler, Associate Dean Rob Vischer and a small group of faculty.

“We are delighted to become members of the Association of American Law Schools, which has been dedicated throughout its history to the improvement of legal education and promotion of outstanding teaching, scholarship and service at American law schools,” Mengler commented.

AALS membership wraps up the law school’s 10th anniversary year on a high note. During the past year, the school also celebrated passing the $100 million mark for fundraising, had faculty named to the “Best Professors” list by the Princeton Review and was named number one for externship placements per student by National Jurist.