Scholarships

The University of St. Thomas School of Law administers a scholarship program for students with outstanding academic records or who are particularly likely to contribute to the school’s mission.

St. Thomas Law does not designate a specific number of scholarships to be awarded in an academic year, but instead awards scholarship from a broad pool of scholarship monies. In awarding scholarships to students, our goal is to use the pool of money to attract and reward students who may bring a strong academic background, a unique view point, and/or a dynamic experiential voice. It is also our goal to attract students who bring ethnic and cultural diversity to our law school community.

There is no separate application other than the law school admissions application. Applicants may be invited to participate in a scholarship interview prior to the scholarship decision. The scholarship interview is optional. 

The criteria for receiving a scholarship are the same as those used for admitting a student to the School of Law. Applications are reviewed on a whole file basis with attention paid to those students who display broad strength in a combination of LSAT, undergraduate GPA, and mission fit.

All scholarships apply to St. Thomas Law tuition at the awarded percentage in all periods of enrollment (i.e. Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer, Rome program); up to 89 credits, or, in cases of joint or dual degrees, the maximum needed for the degree program. Students retain the scholarship provided they remain continuously enrolled or on approved leave of absence. This means our scholarships are not conditional scholarships as defined in ABA Standard 509, Interpretation 509-4. For more information on the St. Thomas Law Scholarship policy, refer to Section II-6 of the Policy Manual‌.

The President’s Scholarship is awarded on behalf of Dr. Julie Sullivan, president of the University of St. Thomas. President’s Scholars typically reflect strength in their academic performance and demonstrate a compelling fit with the mission of the School of Law. President’s Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship.

The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded on behalf of the Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Dean’s Scholars typically reflect strength in their academic performance and demonstrate a compelling fit with the mission of the School of Law. Dean’s Scholars receive a partial-tuition scholarship that can range up to 90% of tuition annual award for the three years of law school.

The Access to Justice Scholars program is a scholarship program for individuals who have an interest in and commitment to pursuing legal practice in a small-town or rural setting. Through the program, St. Thomas Law works with the Minnesota State Bar Association to match Access to Justice scholars with a mentor experienced in small-town or rural practice.

All academically qualified applicants are invited to submit an essay explaining their interest in, and commitment to, pursuing legal practice in a small-town or rural setting. The essay should be submitted with the application for admission. Applicants will be invited to interview with a faculty admissions committee. Awardees are granted up to a 75 percent tuition discount each year of the J.D. program.