Welcome to St. Thomas Law!

Congratulations on your offer of admission to the University of St. Thomas School of Law! We are excited to have you join our community and look forward to working with you throughout your legal career.

This section of our website is designed with you in mind. Be sure to check out the housing section to gain some helpful information regarding housing options in the Twin Cities. We have many resources you can utilize, along with some fantastic current student housing ambassadors. Reach out to any of us to help introduce you to living in the Twin Cities!

As you explore our website, you will learn more about our top-ranked faculty and externship program, as well as our community and quality of life. If there is anything you cannot find, please send an email to lawschool@stthomas.edu.

Cari Haaland
Associate Dean of Admissions

Located in downtown Minneapolis, the five-level University of St. Thomas School of Law building has been described as “breathtaking” by an American Bar Association site visit team and has received rave reviews for its beauty and its impressive design. Classrooms, faculty offices, and student spaces are intermingled, a design that encourages interaction and cultivates the unique sense of community found at St. Thomas School of Law.

We understand that choosing a law school is a big decision! We want to help you get to know St. Thomas School of Law. 

If you would like to schedule an in-person individual campus tour, individual virtual appointment, please contact us at lawschool@stthomas.edu

The law school offers a travel stipend program for admitted students who live outside of Minnesota or more than 100 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul. We encourage admitted students to utilize this travel stipend for the Admitted Applicant Event in April.

 

Orientation

On-campus orientation is scheduled for August 22 - August 25, 2022.
 
Prior to the in-person orientation, we will launch a virtual orientation site on Canvas, with details on our policy manual, student conduct, well-being, the mentor externship program, technology, library resources, campus safety, COVID preparedness, the downtown area, and more. This virtual Orientation must be completed prior to the start of the in-person orientation.

You have been automatically assigned an account (or in some cases, we re-activated your previous account if you're a St. Thomas alumni or defer) which consists of a username and password.  This allows you to log into campus computers, access Murphy Online, and connect to your St. Thomas email account.  If you haven't already activated your account please do so by following the directions below.  You will also find directions on how to access your e-mail and pay your seat deposit online.

There was an email that was sent to you with your St. Thomas ID number, St. Thomas username, and St. Thomas Email. If you are unable to locate this email, contact the admissions office at lawschool@stthomas.edu

Activating your St. Thomas Account:

  1. Go to www.stthomas.edu/its/students/accounts/
  2. Select Claim My Account
  3. Enter your ID number
  4. Follow the instructions to establish your password
  5. Establish security questions. If you forget your password you can reset it here. If security questions are not established, and you've forgotten your password, you must contact the ITS Tech Desk to gain access to your account.

Multi-Factor Authentication:

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is a way of verifying that people logging into our systems are indeed the people we think they are.  In these times when malicious and phishing email attacks are a daily occurrence, MFA provides a way to limit the impact of these attacks and help ensure that only authorized people are accessing our systems.

Paying Deposit:

We offer law students the option of paying your $500 seat deposit electronically or via USPS by:

  • Mailing a check or money order
    • Make checks payable to ‘University of St. Thomas’
    • Put your name and St. Thomas ID # in the memo line
    • Mail to: 1000 LaSalle Avenue MSL 124, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Withdrawing funds from a checking or savings account
    • NOTE: Starting January 20, 2022, newly saved ePayment or eRefund profiles (linked to checking or savings accounts) will be subject to an ACH pre-note verification process, which can take up to seven days to complete and during which time your St. Thomas accounts are not available for transactions. Please visit our ACH Pre-note page for more information. Because of this verification process, if you plan to pay the deposit with a checking or savings account, remember to log in and begin the process 7 days prior to your deposit deadline.
  • Credit card
    • NOTE: Credit card payments are subject to a non-refundable fee of $14.25 (2.85%)
  1. From one.stthomas.edu, access our Murphy Online Student System.
  2. Select Login to Murphy Online secured area.
  3. You will be prompted for your St. Thomas email and the password you created above.
  4. From the main menu, select Personal Information/Special Roles.
  5. Select eBill & ePay System. Make sure to turn off the pop-up blocker.
  6. If you will be paying with an electronic check or savings account, you will need to enter your bank account information following the process below before continuing. If paying with a credit/debit card, you can continue to step 7.
    1. Click on the "Payment Profile" box under "My Profile Setup"
    2. Select the payment method - Electronic Checks (checking or savings) from the dropdown menu and continue entering your bank account information and click the green "continue" button.
    3. This will bring up the ACH Payment Agreement. Review the agreement and scroll down to the bottom and check the "I Agree" box - then click the green "continue" button.
    4. You will then see your saved payment method as "Awaiting Verification" - This verification process takes approximately 4 days. when you see that your status on your bank account has changed to "Verified - Ready for Use", you can continue making your deposit. the name that you saved your bank account with will appear in the Payment Methods drop-down menu.
  7. From the menu across the top of the screen, select Deposits. DO NOT select Payments.
  8. Select Fall 2022 from the drop-down menu and click Select.
  9. Select Law Tuition eDeposit from the drop-down menu and click Select.
  10. Click Continue to make a Deposit Payment by following the on-screen instructions.

If you experience any difficulty logging into Murphy Online, please contact the Tech Desk at (651) 962-6230 or (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-6230 or techdesk@stthomas.edu

There are many options for connecting with the St. Thomas Law community. As we work through the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to provide our admitted students with as many opportunities to experience St. Thomas Law as possible.

Law School Video Tour

Check out our new video tour of the law school building and downtown campus.  Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that campus visits have not been an option for students. I hope this new tour will be a good resource for you! 

Virtual Meetings - Individual or Group

Individual online video meetings are available to any admitted applicant interested in talking with an admissions staff member, a faculty member, or a current law student. To schedule a virtual appointment please contact us at lawschool@sthomas.edu.

Schedule an individual virtual appointment with Assistant Director of Admissions, Nate Theunissen here.

*Check back for additional opportunities throughout the Spring*

Connecting with our Community

If you would like to connect with a St. Thomas Law faculty member, alumnus, or current student by phone or email, please let us know. We will be happy to put you in touch with one of our graduates or a student who can answer questions and share their experiences as a member of the St. Thomas Law community. You can email us at lawschool@stthomas.edu

Join the Admitted Student Facebook group to connect with your future classmates. This group will ultimately turn into your class page and will be used to promote opportunities, events, and connections throughout your time at St. Thomas Law.

Accessing your St. Thomas E-mail Account:

  1. Go to https://one.stthomas.edu/
  2. Log in using your St. Thomas username and password
  3. Click on the Email tab in the header
  4. Be sure to check your e-mail often because e-mail is the official form of communication at St. Thomas Law!

There are many different options for living here in the Twin Cities.  Below you will find several helpful resources to assist you in your housing search.

  • University of St. Thomas Off-Campus Student Services - The University of St. Thomas' undergraduate campus is located in beautiful St. Paul along the Mississippi River.  The school operates a free shuttle that runs from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. between our two campuses.  The Off-Campus Student Center provides a great list of housing and roommate listings in the St. Paul area.  Most of the housing is near the St. Paul campus and roommate listings for undergraduate students but every so often there are Minneapolis apartments listed along with graduate roommate listings.
  • Please don't hesitate to email the Admissions staff at lawschool@stthomas.edu if you're in need of additional help.

Current Student Housing Ambassadors

Our current student housing ambassadors are your best link to living in the Twin Cities. Please feel free to reach out to them as you look for housing:

Anna Barton (2L), familiar with Central & West Downtown, Loring Park, North Loop
 
Ellen Burns (2L), familiar with Downtown
 
Rachael Flock (2L), familiar with Downtown, Laurel Village, Uptown
 
Jon Troe (3L), familiar with Laurel Village, Uptown, and Commuting from surrounding areas. 
 

Student Feedback on Local Housing

Our current 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:‌‌

Housing Guide 2022

Surrounding Neighborhood Descriptions

Minneapolis neighborhoods

Uptown

North Loop

 

Maps / Directions

www.minneapolis.org/visitor/map-transportation/maps
www.metrotransit.org/maps-schedules.aspx

Bus / Light Rail

http://www.metrotransit.org/   

Apartment Searches

Apartment Finder-Minneapolis
Apartment Finder-St. Paul
ApartmentSearch (formerly RelocationCentral)
Eitel Building City Apartments
Hot Pads
PadMapper
Point2
RENTCafé
Trulia-Minneapolis
Zillow
Zumper

Realty Companies

Coldwell Banker Burnet 
Edina Realty

K-12 Education

Minnesota Department of Education
Catholic School Listing

Fall 2022 1L Schedule

*We will place you into a section and register you for courses directly. We will do this in late July and notify you of your section assignments in late July or early August.*

Parking

Parking is available for students on a space-available basis. New students will be able to purchase parking permits in August. To purchase a permit, students are required to register through Murphy Online BEFORE going to the Campus Store on the first floor in Terrence Murphy Hall (TMH) on the Minneapolis campus. All students at the time they purchase a parking permit are required to present their St. Thomas ID or a photo ID. 

Costs for Parking Permits

$225-Fall Semester Only (Aug 12-Dec 31)
$450-Full Year (Aug 12-May 31)
$30-Deposit (Ramp parking only)

The parking pass allows you to park in the designated parking ramp from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on a daily basis.

Map of Minneapolis Campus

Parking Eligibility

St. Thomas Law Students

Any student enrolled with the School of Law may be eligible to purchase a St. Thomas student parking permit. This permit is good in all commuter parking lots on the St. Paul campus, as well as the City of Minneapolis Ramp at 11th Street and Harmon Place. Permits will become available in August.

Parking and Transportation Services

St. Thomas Inter-campus Shuttle

A free shuttle bus service is available Monday through Saturday between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses to those with a valid St. Thomas identification card. You will be required to show your St. Thomas ID when boarding the bus. This express shuttle makes only two stops, the St. Paul Campus (on the north side of Summit Avenue, in front of the Anderson Student Center) and the Minneapolis Campus (on the Harmon Place side of Terrence Murphy Hall. The School of Law is the next building south of TMH).

Shuttle Schedule and Information

Public Transportation

Graduate students who are registered for credits are eligible to purchase the Metro Transit College Pass (C-Pass). The C-Pass is available for both the fall and spring semesters and for the summer. The C-Pass allows unlimited rides on Metro Transit buses and the light rail system.

            Spring passes: Jan 1- May 31 | $150

            Summer passes: June 1- Aug. 14 | $85

            Fall passes: Aug. 15- Dec. 31 | $150

Students may purchase either a C-Pass or a parking permit, but not both. Passes are non-transferable and must be returned if the student withdraws from classes or the university. Use of the pass by anyone other than the purchaser is forbidden and will result in revocation of C-Pass privileges. A lost or stolen C-Pass can be replaced for $5; a second replacement will cost $10. Damaged passes will be replaced at no cost if the pass is returned along with a request for a replacement to Parking Services. C-Passes are only available for sale at the Parking Services Office. A valid St Thomas identification card is required to purchase a pass.

You must first register for the College Pass through St Thomas Parking Portal, before picking up the pass at the Parking Services Office. Registration Instructions

Twin Cities Metro Transit

University of St. Thomas Innovation & Technology Services

Computer Requirements

If you haven’t already, now is the time to make the investment in a computer that helps you tackle your law school work.  Students should see their computer (laptop or desktop) as an essential professional and business tool.  For available discounts on equipment please refer to the  ITS Tech Store.

While any PC or Mac laptop OR desktop made since 2019 should be adequate, here are the specific minimum computer 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 also be ready to attend some School of Law activities via Zoom.  Laptop microphones are often inadequate for Zoom sessions and students are required to own earphones and a microphone. Use of a headset is recommended. 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 essential students own a newer computer that is well maintained and functioning properly to run the software.

PRINTING

At School:

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. To check your printing activity or your account balance, log into Print at St. Thomas.

There are 3 Public Access terminals for printing located on the Library second floor as you enter the Library and adjacent to the Circulation desk.

Please note that you can also use a personal computer to print from a St. Thomas printer and it will result in charges to your printing allotment.

For more detailed information see Printing: Getting Started

At Home:

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.

COPYING AND SCANNING

There are three networked Multi-function Printers (MFPs) in the library.  

You can use the MFPs 

  • As a networked printer
    • Printing charges apply
  • To make copies
    • Copies will be charged against the student printing account
    • For more detailed information about copying see Make Copies at an MFP
  • To scan documents to a flash drive or email to send to yourself or elsewhere.

The MFPs are located on the lower level near the microform room, the second floor in the FLEX space, and the third floor near the elevator.

SOFTWARE

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.

For further information, instructions on downloading, features and more see Microsoft Office 365: How to Access or Install on Personal Devices

COMPUTER QUESTIONS

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

The Haggerty Family Foundation Facility Center for Well-Being

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.

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 Health Insurance for F1 and J1 students). Students can email stuhealthins@stthomas.edu with questions about health insurance.

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.

Health Services Clinics

The University of St. Thomas Student Health Services provides 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 care 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

Immunizations

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. Registered students can click here to enter their immunization records into myHealthPortal.

Tuberculosis

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 they complete this requirement.  These tests are provided and available at Health Services on the St. Paul Campus.

COVID-19

The University of St. Thomas requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Limited exemptions are available for religious and medical reasons. Learn more on the Center for Well-being's website.

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

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.

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. Additional information and to purchase a AARC membership.

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:

Downtown YWCA

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

Downtown YMCA

651 Nicollet Mall Ste. 300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-371-9622

Lifetime Fitness-Target Center

600 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-486-3600

CorePower Yoga-Minneapolis

501 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-375-9642

Bike Trails in Minneapolis

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.

Ideally, because of the intellectual demands of law school, first-year students will not be employed during their first year.  There is, however, no specific rule limiting student employment, and some students are able to manage the competing demands of law school and employment in that critical year. 

During any semester for which a student is enrolled in 12 or more credits, they should consider 20 hours per week of employment as a recommended maximum. This would allow a student to focus appropriately on the academic tasks of full-time student enrollment.  If you have questions about student employment, or about this policy, please contact us at lawschool@stthomas.edu.

VIDEO TOUR