University of St. Thomas School of Law faculty

Whether you are a J.D. student, a lawyer returning for your LL.M., or pursuing a master's degree in Organizational Ethics and Compliance, the School of Law offers an academic experience that will prepare you to thrive in the legal and business marketplace without compromising your quality of life as a student.

Through exceptional instruction in legal doctrine and writing skills, the #3-ranked practical training program in the nation, and a commitment to relationships and professional identity, the School of Law has been an innovator in legal education from the beginning — most recently by developing some of the nation's first graduate degrees in organizational ethics and compliance.

As a student at the School of Law, you can learn the law of international finance or private fund regulation with Professor Wulf Kaal, whose cutting-edge research impacts some of the most vexing questions surrounding the European financial crisis. You can gain an inside perspective on the criminal justice system with Professor Mark Osler, whose advocacy is helping change the legal landscape on issues such as the death penalty, the disparity in sentencing for crack versus powder cocaine, and the pardon power. You can study alternative dispute resolution with Professor Mariana Hernandez Crespo, who is leading efforts to establish dispute resolution mechanisms across the developing world. You can join the continuing fight for civil rights with Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, who leads students in challenging laws and policies that hold back communities of color. You can study ethical leadership with Professor Neil Hamilton, a true pioneer in the field whose work is being relied on by professional leaders across the country. You can learn international law from Professor Robert Delahunty, who has years of practice expertise inside several administrations in Washington, D.C., and is now a leading voice on the law of armed conflict and military interventions abroad.

In short, St. Thomas offers you the opportunity to study and work with some of the nation's leading teacher-scholars, form relationships that will set you up to achieve professional success, and impact the community through clinical practice, all before you receive your diploma. 

Top Rankings

  • #1 in U.S. for externships (The National Jurist, 2013)
  • #1 in Upper Midwest for clinical training (U.S. News and World Report, 2016)
  • #1 private law school in Minnesota (U.S. News and World Report, 2016)
  • #1 private law school in Minnesota for employment (ABA Summary Reports, 2015) 
  • #3 in U.S. for practical training (The National Jurist, 2015)
  • #4 in U.S. for quality of life (The Princeton Review, 2014)
  • #8 in U.S. for best professors (The Princeton Review, 2014)