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University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 448
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.13 - 3.67
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.74%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.0%
In State Tuition $39,244

Overview

Overview

About University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis

One of the things that makes the School and Law a vibrant and active community is the number of organizations and services which are associated with students, faculty and staff. These programs and services engage new audiences, bring friends back, and further the mission of the School of Law.

Reviews

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is a “small,” and steadfastly Catholic bas­tion of legal education in downtown Minneapolis with an “intense” legal writing pro­gram and a “strong focus on doing the right thing over the profitable thing.” A Catholic mass is held every weekday in UST Law’s chapel, and the trappings of faith are very visible. At the same time, students are quick to call attention to the fact that “the curricu­lum is not permeated with dogma.” “You can’t go to St. Thomas and completely miss the fact that it’s a Catholic law school,” relates a 1L, “but, after the first week, it’s fairly easy not to notice it anymore.” You probably will notice the “commitment to public interest law” and the “emphasis on public service,” though, because students here are required to perform at least fifty hours of community service work before graduation. Although St. Thomas has a relatively small student body, the school has made an effort to offer a diverse range of courses, adding multiple sections of key courses to meet demand and increasing the number of clinics in over the past few years. The school does participate in a consortium with three other nearby law schools, which allows for students to cross-register for classes not offered at their own school. In addition to the required service hours, there’s a “unique,” innovative, and manda­tory mentor externship program that “allows for networking from the outset.” Students pair up an attorney or judge in the area “to shadow intermittently throughout the year.” Employment prospects are solid. Students say that “the school has developed a great reputation in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area in a short amount of time.” The budding alumni community is “extremely supportive.” However, “There is not a strong alumni network” because the school hasn’t been around that long. “It still needs to build its reputation for job placement.” “I feel like right now we are a well-kept secret,” laments a 2L, “a great, new law school that no one knows about.” Most students seem more optimistic, though. “I think our credibility in the community is growing,” says a 3L. “More and more of our graduates are landing top clerkships and jobs.”The administration here is full of “exceptionally responsive” and “effective managers and organizers.” The “eccentric and eclectic” faculty is full of “engaging,” “kind,” and “extremely personable” professors who “come from diverse geographic and legal back­grounds, yet share a common passion for teaching.” “They are remarkable educators and interesting and down-to-earth people.” Professors are “visible, available, and approach­able” outside of class as well. “Their office doors line the hallways,” and e-mails are answered promptly. The “bright and welcoming” facilities at St. Thomas are “impressive architecturally and comfortable for late night studying.” “There’s natural light through the whole building, which is therapeutic during long Minnesota winters.” “The technology in the classroom is top-of-the-line.” The library is also excellent. “It’s big enough never to be overcrowded, but yet small enough to not get lost in.” The school is also “blocks away” from a bevy of Minneapolis firms, and it “provides skyway access most everywhere,” “which is especially great to avoid the cold weather.” “Taking study breaks and getting to the coffee shop is a breeze.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 156

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Four joint-degree programs with College of Business (JD/MBA), Catholic Studies (JD/MA); Public Policy (JD/MA); Social Work (JD/MSW) - all about 4 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 110
Full-Time Faculty 29
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 70
Faculty Gender 61% Male
38% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 78%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,244 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,244 $39,244

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) N/A N/A

Financial Aid

97% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$47,558 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: July 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 160
LSAT Total 152 - 160

University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.13 - 3.67
Total 3.13 - 3.67

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Optional: Academic GPA, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#9 Best Professors

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 92%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 36 25%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 47 33%
Government 14 10%
Public Interest 5 4%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 16 11%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 14 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 2%
WI 5%
MN 81%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis include:

  • Katie Tinucci - Press Secretary, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
  • Sarah Kilibarda - Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Laura Hammargren - Associate, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Matt Dushek - Associate, Baker & McKenzie
  • Jake Schunk - Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice

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