Rankings

At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, we are focused on providing an innovative and student-centered legal education unlike any other in the country. We welcome the accolades that have come our way.

Academic excellence

  • #2 for practical training: In 2019, St. Thomas law school was again named the #2 law school in the country for practical training by National Jurist.
  • Best professors: As a whole, the St. Thomas law school faculty has landed in the top 10 on Princeton Review’s Best Professors list for five of the last eight years. 
  • Influence in legal education: Professor Jerry Organ is consistently named one of the most influential people in legal education, sitting at #19 in 2017. 
  • Outstanding classroom instruction: In 2011, Dean Robert Vischer was named to National Jurist’s list of "23 Law Profs to Take Before You Die."
  • Scholarly impact: Out of 200 law schools nationwide, St. Thomas School of Law's world-class faculty rank #23 for scholarly impact (2018), using the methodology developed by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter.

Outstanding career preparation and relationship development

  • #1 for externship: St. Thomas School of Law is ranked #1 in the country by National Jurist for having the most externship placements per full-time; we've held that ranking since 2013. Our Mentor Externship Program matches every current J.D. student with a mentor during all three years of law school.
  • #1 in alumni support: No other law school has been able to match our percentage of alumni who give to the annual fund. Our graduates believe in our mission.
  • J.D. career development support: Compared with students at other law schools, St. Thomas School of Law students report greater satisfaction with the support they receive for career and professional development.
  • Best LL.M. career development support: The LL.M. in U.S. Law program at St. Thomas received an A+ rating on International Jurist's 2019 list of Best LL.M. Programs because of the mentoring, networking and career counseling opportunities available to students.

Supportive, purpose-driven community

  • #7 for quality of life: St. Thomas School of Law is currently ranked #7 on Princeton Review’s Best Quality of Student Life list. We've landed in the top 10 on this list nearly every year since 2008.
  • Measurable impact: In a nationwide survey of law students, St. Thomas School of Law students reported greater satisfaction than students at peer schools on: the support they receive from their law school to succeed in the classroom, balance life and law school, and find meaningful employment; their development of values, ethics, career goals and a commitment to serve the community; and their likelihood to choose the same law school again. 
  • Scholarships and support: The School of Law has raised more than $100 million in gifts and pledges to establish professorships and chairs, and to provide financial aid for students.
  • Best LL.M. experience: The LL.M. in U.S. Law program at St. Thomas received an A rating for law school experience on International Jurist's 2019 list of Best LL.M. Programs.