Welcome to the LL.M. in U.S. Law program!

Please take a minute to look at the checklist section of this site (below). This will provide helpful information to make sure you have everything in line for your arrival to Minnesota. Also, check out the housing tab for information regarding housing options in the Twin Cities. You will want to sign an August lease, and it is ideal to have your housing choice finalized by June 15. We have many resources you can utilize along with some fantastic current student housing ambassadors.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us to help introduce you to living in the Twin Cities. (Skype appointments are definitely a great way to learn more!) Our current LL.M. and J.D. students are eager to help you by offering their insight. Please let us know if we can put you in touch with some of our current students.

We also have an LL.M. in U.S. Law Facebook Group and encourage you to join! Use this page as a way to meet other LL.M. students and learn more about St. Thomas Law and the Twin Cities. 

If there is anything you cannot find as you explore the admitted applicants section of the website, please call me directly at (651) 962-4872 or send an email to clhaaland@stthomas.edu. Please be sure to add lawschool@stthomas.edu to your safe sender list.

I look forward to seeing you in August 2020! You will want to arrive in early August to make for a smooth transition to Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. 

Cari Haaland
Associate Dean of Admissions

  1. Submit official documentation of English Language proficiency (may be waived).

  2. Complete the I20 Request Form

  3. Submit immigration paperwork to International Admissions.

    - Include a copy of the picture page from your passport and your dependents' passports, if they will be accompanying you on F-2 or J-2 visa status.

    - Applicants who are already inside the U.S. must submit a copy of their current visa.

    - Applicants who are already inside the U.S. on a J-1 visa must submit a copy of their most recent DS2019 form.

    - Applicants transferring a F-1 visa from another U.S. school must submit a copy of their most recent I-20 form.

  4. Apply for a Student Visa.

    - Pay the U.S. government the SEVIS-I-901 fee and print your receipt.

    - Book a visa interview appointment at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulateFor details about the appointment booking process, contact your U.S. embassy or consulate. If you have specific questions about visas that are not answered by the embassy website, please contact the Education USA advising Center nearest you for individual guidance.

    Attend your visa interview appointment.

  5. Book your flight (Airport code: MSP).

    - Email St. Thomas Law Admissions with your arrival date and time.

    - Inform Admissions if you would like to be picked up at the airport.

  6. Find housing and sign a lease by June 15 (at the very latest).

    - Your lease should begin August 1 or 15.

    - Most apartments become available 2 months prior to start of the lease. If you are planning to sign an August 1 lease, apartments will become available around June 1. It is important to move quickly, as apartments rent fast!

    - Based on past LL.M. U.S. Law student experiences and our own knowledge of apartments located near St. Thomas Law, we recommend the following two properties, which are international-renter friendly and within walking distance to St. Thomas Law: 

    LaSalle Apartments - 36 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (located on the indoor skyway system, meaning you don't have to walk outside during winter to reach the School of Law)

    Laurel Village Apartments - 1243 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (a lot of variety with regards to styles and size of apartments, located a short 2-5 block distance from the School of Law)

  7. Register for courses.

    Associate Dean for Admissions Cari Haaland will email you with the list of courses available along with more course selection information from Joel Nichols, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Once you have had some time to review the course options, please contact Professor Rob Kahn to discuss your particular interests. Professor Kahn advises our LL.M. students and teaches the required LL.M. Lawyering Skills course. He can also make recommendations in terms of the elective credits. You will then complete a registration form and submit that to Professor Kahn. 

  8. Activate your St. Thomas account and set up your St. Thomas email.

    Set up your St. Thomas email account so you will be able to use computers on campus immediately. This will allow you to access Blackboard for assignments and Murphy Online for billing information and for updating your personal information with St. Thomas.

  9. Health Insurance and Immunization requirements

  10. New York Bar Requirements

    Some LL.M. U.S. Law students will choose to take the New York Bar Exam after completing the LL.M. program. Here are links to review information provided by the New York Bar:



    Students will need to complete the 6 credits required of bar subjects, take Professional Responsibility, and complete the legal institutions requirement. The legal institutions requirement can be satisfied by taking a course in Constitutional or Administrative Law. If it is your intention to take the NY bar, please notify the Academic Dean as you are completing the course registration process.


Apartments for rent starting August 1 become available June 1. If you are looking to live downtown, it is incredibly important to secure your apartment for an August 1 move in date by June 1! To get started, begin by reviewing the information below.  In the spring, you’ll sign up for a Housing Webinar to guide you through the housing process.

As an LL.M. in U.S. Law student at the University of St. Thomas, you may be unfamiliar with the Twin Cities and the many options for living here. We encourage you to live where you're going to be happiest; however, we have a couple of suggestions that are easiest for transitioning from further away.

Downtown apartments: Many options exist for living downtown Minneapolis that are within walking distance to the School of Law. Some apartments are connected to the Minneapolis skyway, a 8-mile indoor walking space between downtown buildings and the School of Law. There is high demand for apartments downtown, so space can be hard to come by.  You will want to sign a lease for August 1.  Most apartments will become available starting June 1st.

Admissions Suggestions:  There are some apartment properties that are easier and more convenient for international students.  We suggest looking at these properties first:
1.  LaSalle Apartments - On the skyway (meaning you won't have to walk outside in the winter), convenient location, located near the YMCA Gym and residents are able to purchase discounted memberships.
2.  Laurel Village:  Walking distance to the School of Law, multiple buildings and living options to choose from that range in size and cost, well managed and right across from a grocery store.

Need help finding a place? Start with the Admissions office: 

  • Email Admissions at lawschool@stthomas.edu or connect via Skype @ustlaw if you're in need of additional help.

LL.M. Student Housing Ambassadors

Student Housing Ambassadors are current students who have gone through the housing process and are available to help you.

José Miguel Asturias Calderón (LL.M. in U.S. Law) Familiar with Downtown Minneapolis.
Email: astu3863@stthomas.edu

Luis Lechuga Contreras (LL.M. in U.S. Law) Familiar with Prospect Park/near the University of Minnesota.
Email: lech9251@stthomas.edu

Julián Ramírez Ríos (LL.M. in U.S. Law) Familiar with Dinkytown (Minneapolis neighborhood near downtown)
Email: rami3978@stthomas.edu

Paulo Castro (JD with Advanced Standing) Familiar with living in St. Paul (near UST St. Paul campus)
Email: paulo.castro@stthomas.edu

Student Feedback on Local Housing

Our current LL.M. students have offered candid feedback as to their housing experiences and recommendations.  We hope these comments will be useful as you consider your housing options:‌‌

2020 LL.M. in U.S. Law Student Housing Survey Results

2019 LL.M. in U.S. Law Student Housing Survey Results

Surrounding Neighborhood Descriptions

Minneapolis neighborhoods

Maps / Directions


Bus / Light Rail


Apartment Searches

Apartment Finder-Minneapolis
Apartment Finder-St. Paul
Apartment Living Guide
ApartmentSearch (formerly RelocationCentral)  
Eitel Building City Apartments
Hot Pads

Realty Companies

Coldwell Banker Burnet 
Edina Realty

K-12 Education

Minnesota Department of Education
Catholic School Listing

First Week is our orientation program and your first week of law school classes. During First Week, you will complete orientation, Lawyering Skills for LL.M. Students and the Academic Success Program (more details below). Our goal is to introduce you to the study of U.S. law and life at St. Thomas Law, and to build community.

First Week is mandatory and includes many opportunities to get to know the campus community, including through your first class, Lawyering Skills (see below), with Professor Robert Kahn. Course information and pre-work is sent out in August.

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program is a key component of First Week. In just four days, Scott Swanson, director of academic achievement, will lead you through the different types of work that will be required in a law school semester. The schedule includes:

Day 1 Case briefs, class preparation, and discussion of case law regarding Homicide.
Day 2 Continue discussion of Homicide and Defenses.
Day 3 Create outline of Homicide and Defenses. Create group answer to practice Essay Test question.
Day 4 Test Preparation and Practice Test (which will be individually critiqued during the early part of the semester, before midterms, so that you can consolidate what you have learned in your first law school testing situation.)

Course information and pre-work is sent out in August.

If you have questions about First Week, please contact the Office of Admissions at (651) 962-4895, or email lawschool@stthomas.edu

In May, Admissions will email you with the list of courses available for fall 2019 along with more course selection information from Joel Nichols, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Once you have had some time to review the course options, we will schedule a time for you to discuss your particular interests with Professor Rob Kahn, who advises our LL.M. students and teaches the required LL.M. Lawyering Skills course.  He can also make recommendations in terms of elective credits.  You will then complete a registration form and submit that to Admissions no later than May 14. We will work with the registrar to complete the course registration process.

You will take 11-13 credits in your first semester at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Of these, 5 credits are required and will automatically be registered for you (Mentor Externship, 1 credit, and Lawyering Skills for LL.M. Students, 4 credits).

The remaining 6-8 credits should be selected from the list of electives (available in April)‌. Most of these courses are 3 credit hours, though some of the core courses are 4 credit hours (Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Business Associations) and some are 2 credit hours. 

New York Bar Requirements

Some LL.M. U.S. Law students will chose to take the New York Bar exam after completing the LLM program.  Here are links to review information provided by the New York bar:

  1. http://www.nybarexam.org/Rules/Rules.htm#520.6 
  2. http://www.nybarexam.org/foreign/foreignlegaleducation.htm
  3. Students will need to complete the 6 credits required of bar subjects, take Professional Responsibility, and complete the legal institutions requirement. The legal institutions requirement can be satisfied by taking a course in Constitutional or Administrative Law.  If it is your intention to take the NY bar, please notify the Academic Dean as you are completing the course registration process.

University of St. Thomas Information Technology Services

Computer Requirements

Minimum Configuration: 

While any PC or Mac laptop made in the last 3 years should be adequate here are the specific requirements: 

  • Operating System = English 64-bit Version of Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.13 or later. 
  • CPU = Intel Core i5 or higher or Industry Equivalent 
  • RAM = 8 GB or higher 
  • HD Drives = 100 GB of free space 

PLEASE NOTE: Chromebooks and Tablets do not meet these requirements and are not acceptable for use. 

Students should be ready to attend classes and interact remotely. Laptop microphones are often inadequate. You are required to own earphones and microphone.  The best setup is to use of a headset.  If you don’t already have a headset, we recommend the “Logitech H390 USB Computer Headset or similar product 

The School of Law uses electronic exam software (Minnesota Bar Exam uses the same software) and it is paramount that students own a newer computer that is well maintained and functioning properly to run the software. 

Now is the time to make the investment in a tool that tackles your daily law school class needs.  Students should treat this laptop investment as an essential professional and business tool.  

For available discounts on equipment please refer to the ITS Tech Store. 

Internet Connection: 

For the best possible remote experience you will need reliable and fast internet connection.  There are many local providers to choose from.  While we do not have a specific recommendation here is a link to a website that can test the speed of your internet connection:  https://www.speedtest.net/  



Networked printers are available on all levels of the library. Students are given a $32 printing allowance per semester (equivalent to about 400 grayscale prints). Printing over the allowance is charged to your student account. 

Please note that using a personal computer to print from a St. Thomas printer will result in charges to your printing allotment. 

To check your printing activity or your account balance, log into http://print.stthomas.edu/ . 


You may also want to consider a printer for home.  There are many options for an at home printer and ITS is available to provide suggestions based on your needs and use.  

Scanning and Copying 

There are three networked Multi-function Devices (for photocopying, printing and scanning) in the library. They are located on the lower level near the microform room, the second floor in the FLEX space, and the third floor near the elevator. You can use the MFD as a networked printer, make copies which will be charged against your student printing account, or scan documents to a flash drive or email to send to yourself or elsewhere.  Scanning is free.  


The University of St. Thomas offers the Microsoft Student Advantage program to registered students.  Because of the University's enterprise agreement with Microsoft, students can download and install Microsoft Office365 desktop applications at no additional cost on their PC or Mac computers.  

The program provides access to Office 365, a full version of Office, including: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and more. 

Further information, instructions on downloading, features and more are located on the website: www.stthomas.edu/office365/ 

Computer Questions   

Direct all questions/issues to the ITS Tech Desk at (651)-962-6230 or techdesk@stthomas.edu   

Welcome to St. Thomas Law!

To help you prepare for and be successful in your studies, we've put together a resource guide we hope will be helpful. View all of the information online here.

We hope your time at St. Thomas is educational, valuable and meaningful. The library is here to assist you with your research and study. Please stop by and introduce yourself, or walk in, email or call with your questions.


Reference Librarians

Health Services Clinics

The University of St. Thomas Student Health Services provide a full range of medical care and information on how to minimize the potential for illness or injury. Health Services is staffed by RNs, Nurse Practitioners and MDs and services are free for all University of St. Thomas students. There is a charge for immunizations and prescription drugs received at Student Health Services.

  • The Health Services Clinic is on the St. Paul campus and is located on the lower level of Brady Residence Hall.  Hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nearby walk-in or urgent card clinics include:

  • CVS Clinic (inside Target) Nicollet Ave Store-900 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Hennepin County Medical Center-Urgent Care Clinic, 730 South 8th St Entrance-Red Building, Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Haggerty Family Foundation Facility Center for Well-Being

Opening in February 2020, the newly renovated Center for Well-Being on the St. Paul campus provides a holistic and integrated approach to health care.  The Center supports all university students and provides services across four integrated partner areas:  health services, counseling and psychological services, health promotion and resilience, and violence prevention and awareness. Health professionals from the Center for Well-Being also staff the Minneapolis campus.

ABA Well-Being Pledge

St. Thomas Law was one of the first law schools in the country to sign the American Bar Association's Well-being Pledge, an effort organized by the ABA's Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession. By signing the pledge, we commit to a structure of accountability to improve lawyer and law student well-being.


Graduate and Professional Students 
Graduate and professional program students are encouraged to provide their immunization information to assist in clinical care and/or travel health, but it is not a requirement. Registered students can click here to enter their immunization records into myHealthPortal.


All international students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) need to be screened for TB and may be required to have a tuberculin (TB) test. Students are unable to register for spring semester classes until you complete this requirement.  These tests are provided and available at Health Services on the St. Paul Campus.

For more information regarding immunizations, visit the Health Services website:http://www.stthomas.edu/healthservices/immunizations

St. Thomas Mandatory Insurance Requirements

International students

Health insurance is required of all F1 and J1 international students. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan.  F1 students may submit a request to waive the insurance if they already have insurance that meets coverage requirements (see http://www.stthomas.edu/healthservices/insurance/international/). 

Dental and optical care is not covered under the health insurance plan in the U.S., so we strongly urge you to get dental and optical work done before you leave home. Students have the opportunity to purchase dental and vision discount programs.

St. Thomas Fitness

The School of Law has locker rooms and also a small workout room located on the Student Lounge floor of the law building. We also hold a weekly yoga class at the School of Law that costs $15/semester. The Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (AARC) is located on the St. Paul campus and law student memberships are available. Law students are able to take the free shuttle bus to the St. Paul campus which arrives/leaves both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses every 20 minutes while school is in session.

AARC Graduate / Professional Student Memberships

Current graduate and professional students are eligible to purchase a non-refundable term membership for any of the terms listed below ($15/month fee). All graduate and professional students must present a valid University of St. Thomas ID card for access into the fitness areas.

Fall Term (September 1 - December 31) $60
Spring Term (January 1 - May 31) $75
Summer Term (June 1 - August 31) $45

Additional Local Fitness options

YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis 
30 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-371-8700

Downtown YWCA
1130 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-332-0501

Lifetime Fitness Minneapolis (Diamond Club) 
615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-752-7000

Lifetime Fitness-Target Center
600 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Bike Trails in Minneapolis

CorePower Yoga-Minneapolis
CorePower Yoga 
501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Steele Fitness
Steele Fitness-Minneapolis
1206 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine

St. Thomas Law has teamed up with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine to bring cutting-edge research and best practices to students in four key areas of wellness:  mindset, recovery, nutrition, and movement.  Mayo Clinic physicians, dietitians and personal trainers work with our student body to provide tools, tips and habits that will optimize professional performance, much like premier athletes.  In addition to a #wellnesswednesday speaker series, students have the opportunity to participate in personal training sessions and nutrition consultations at Mayo Clinic Square, a skyway walk from the law school.

As an international student who holds F-1 ("student") or J-1 ("exchange visitor") visa status, you are not generally allowed to work off campus. However, you may work for St. Thomas on the St. Thomas campus.

You are responsible for finding your own employment. The School of Law does not guarantee employment at St. Thomas to any international students.

If you have been fully admitted to begin studies at St. Thomas, you may apply for a job through St. Thomas's Human Resources department. Please read all of the information about student employment on the Human Resources web site thoroughly.

If you are hired for an on-campus job, once you begin studies at St. Thomas, the International Student Services can help you fill out paperwork.

When thinking about the option of working, be sure to factor in the amount of time you will be spending both in class and on work outside of class. Law school is an adjustment for any student, so sometimes it is best to give yourself some time to adjust and the opportunity to focus solely on this adjustment.

St. Thomas runs and operates a university shuttle bus that transports St. Thomas students, faculty and staff between the St. Paul campus and the Minneapolis campus (where the School of Law is located).

This is the most convenient and affordable way to get between the two campuses. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily during the fall and spring semesters. Adapted schedules run for January term and summer sessions.  This is a free service for UST students.

If you live on or near the St. Paul campus, this is the preferred means of transportation.

For more information, visit: http://www.stthomas.edu/parking/alternatives/ustshuttle/

Public Transportation

Many international students choose to use public transportation to get to and from campus or live within walking distance to the law school. Students who are registered for any number of credits are eligible to purchase a Student MetroPass for a discounted rate. The current rate is $150 per semester.

The pass allows you to take unlimited rides on all Metro Transit buses and the light rail system for the entire semester. However, if you purchase a University of St. Thomas parking permit, you will not be eligible for the MetroPass. Passes are non-transferable and must be returned if you withdraw from classes. MetroPasses are available at St. Thomas Public Safety offices, and a valid St. Thomas ID is required in order to purchase a pass. Passes must first be pre-registered through Murphy Online. Registration is available in August 2014.

Twin Cities Metro Transit

Light-Rail Options

Blue Line — Travels between downtown Minneapolis, the MSP-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America (MOA) and IKEA.

Green Line — Travels between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. Along this route you can see the history of the Capitol City, the cuisine along University Avenue and the energy of Dinkytown on the University of Minnesota campus.


MSP-St. Paul International Airport — Taking the light-rail from the downtown campus is the easiest way to access the airport. Delta is the largest airline that operates here, and the airport code is MSP.