Our Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every application to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of each prospective student. All information you submit is considered, and we encourage you to be thorough and straightforward. We want to make sure that the University of St. Thomas School of Law is a good fit for you, and that you are a good fit for the School of Law.
The application cycle begins in September and goes until August 1. You can apply online through the Law School Admission Council and pay no application fee.
Prospective students are required to submit an application and a personal statement. A complete CAS (Credential Assembly Service) report from the Law School Data Assembly Service is also required. This report should include a reportable LSAT score, at least two letters of recommendation, and a copy of all transcripts from post-secondary institutions.
You can complete an online application form. The University of St. Thomas School of Law online application service is managed by the Law School Admission Council. You will be asked to register for the LSAC e-application service (even if you already have an LSAC user account.) If you run into technical difficulty with the online application, please call LSAC's Help Desk at (215) 968-1393.
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015
(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)
Applications will be accepted from September 1 until August 1. The School of Law reviews applications on a rolling admissions system. Your chances of being admitted and receiving a scholarship will be enhanced the earlier you apply.
Because of its special mission, the University of St. Thomas School of Law uses a highly personalized admissions system. Your application will be assessed based on six criteria:
- LSAT score
- Undergraduate grades
- Writing skills
- Leadership potential
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to St. Thomas Law's mission
Although your LSAT score and grade point average will be important, your application will not be accepted or rejected based solely upon those criteria. Rather, the Application Committee also will consider your activities, experiences, letters of recommendation and personal statement, and make a qualitative decision based upon all of the criteria identified above.
St. Thomas Law prefers not to consider LSAT scores that are more than three years old. In no case will we consider an LSAT score that is more than five years old. If you have multiple LSAT scores, the Admissions Committee will consider the highest score. As indicated above, your LSAT score(s) represent one of several factors the Admissions Committee evaluates in making a qualitative assessment of your application.
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Visiting student applicants must submit the following materials:
- An Application for Admission (contact admissions for an application)
- Law School Transcript (The applicant must be in Good Academic Standing. The school must be an ABA-approved law school.)
- Personal Statement as to why the applicant would like to attend St. Thomas Law as a visiting student
- CAS (formerly LSDAS) Report (This can be a copy from the Office of Admissions at the current Law School.)
- Written permission from the Degree Granting School to visit the University of St. Thomas School of Law, although this can be done after an offer of admission is received
Transfer student applicants must submit the following materials prior to August 1:
- An Application for Admission
- Letter of Good Standing from the Dean of the previous law school
- Letter of Recommendation from a Law School Professor of the previous school
- Law School Transcript
- Personal Statement of Transfer
- Official CAS Report: We will be requesting a CAS Report on your behalf. Please confirm your registration through LSAC is up-to-date.
In extraordinary circumstances, the School of Law will approve an application from a transfer student to enroll after one semester of attendance at an ABA-accredited law school. Such an application should be received by December 1 for a student interested in enrolling at the School of Law for spring term beginning in January.
Please refer to section II-2 and III-B-6 of the Policy Manual for more detailed information regarding transfer eligibility and the transferring of credits.
It is not uncommon for Canadian students to study law in the United States and return to Canada to pursue a legal career. The courses we offer at St. Thomas Law in the subject areas of Contracts, Torts, Property, and Corporate Law (Business Associations) would provide you with the core competencies you would need to practice law in Canada. Your competencies in Canadian law in the areas of Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Foundations of Law, and Professional Responsibility, can be satisfied through examination when you go through the Certificate of Qualification process with the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).
In your final year of law school at St. Thomas Law, you would apply to the NCA for a Certificate of Qualification and request that we send your official transcript to the committee. After graduation in May you would begin preparing for any Canadian law exams required to receive the certificate. By December of that same year you will know your results and be in a position to seek an articling position and begin preparing for the licensing process.
All international applicants are considered for merit scholarship opportunities. Although international applicants are not eligible to receive United States federal student loans (unless you are a permanent resident of the U.S.) Canadian students can apply for Canadian federal and private student loans.
International students must submit:
- An Application for Admission.
- Personal statement
- CAS Report
- LSAT score. Please contact Law Services for information on testing sites, dates and fees. If your undergraduate work was done in Puerto Rico or Canada you can subscribe to the CAS and have your transcripts and letters of recommendation sent to Law Services.
- If your undergraduate work was done outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada, then The University of St. Thomas School of Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report.
- If you are a non-native speaker of English, you must take an English Proficiency (TOEFL at www.toefl.org) St. Thomas Law requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 with a subscore of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections. We accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition scores. You must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your CAS law school report. To use the JD CAS, log in to your LSAC online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.
- At least two letters of recommendation must be submitted via LSAC. The letters of recommendation will be included in your CAS law school report.
Students who have completed a law degree outside of the U.S. may be eligible to apply as an advanced standing J.D. student and can receive up to 1/3 of the total credits needed to graduate towards the Juris Doctor degree. This would allow you to complete the Juris Doctor degree in less time than if admitted through the standard admissions process. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a required part of the application process. If you received an LL.M. in U.S. Law from our school, a waiver may be permitted.
Transcripts should be submitted and evaluated through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Once you have submitted your application file, your transcript will be reviewed by our Academic Dean to determine the number of credits you will receive for the previous law degree, and which courses you will need to complete in order to receive your J.D.
Students applying for advanced standing should submit their application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. To apply through LSAC, you should create a J.D. account and select "advanced standing" as Applicant Type on the St. Thomas Law application form. You should use the J.D. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for evaluation of foreign transcripts. Please email the Admissions Office with any questions.
English Proficiency Requirement
Students applying to St. Thomas Law must demonstrate proficiency in English. If your native language is not English, you can show proficiency by achieving a TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 with a subscore of 20 in the Written and Speaking sections, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. Candidates who do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements but can offer other strong evidence of English proficiency may qualify for admission. Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions.