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St. Thomas prepares lawyers to lead through faith and reason through service to their communities, to create a more just and equitable society and to defend swiftly against emerging threats to the rule of law. The power to change lives starts with St. Thomas Law.
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St. Thomas gives students opportunities to start making an impact from day one. They work side-by-side with their professors, while lawyers and judges mentor them through our award-winning Mentor Externship Program. Turns out, when bright, caring people put their energy toward advancing the common good, everyone wins.
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Our law school is inspired by justice, guided by faith, grounded in reason, committed to excellence and devoted to advancing the common good.
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Committed to Diversity and Belonging
St. Thomas School of Law has a unique mission founded on the precepts of diversity, community and inclusiveness. We are intentional about building an inclusive and diverse law school that is oriented toward cultivating a strong sense of belonging and support within our school and promoting justice in our world.
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A Mentor for Every Law Student
St. Thomas Law’s award-winning Mentor Externship Program pairs students, each year of law school, with a lawyer or judge working in their area of interest who will help them gain work experience, develop relationships and navigate the legal field.
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School of Law News
Thomas Holloran, a Twin Cities business leader, former School of Law professor, Board of Governors member and namesake of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, died on Feb. 15. He was 94 years old. “The School of Law that we know today would not exist without Tom Holloran,” said University of St.… The post Thomas Holloran, Former School of Law Professor and Board Member, Dies at 94 appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
Law Professor Rachel Moran has been chosen as a U.S. Scholar by the prestigious Fulbright Program. She will travel to South America in the fall of 2024 to study, “Policing in Times of Mass Protest: Lessons from Uprisings in the United States and Chile.” “I’m very excited to be selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar… The post Law Professor Rachel Moran to Study Policing in Chile as Fulbright Scholar appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
A new Minnesota law that allows for reducing sentences of incarcerated individuals has led to a new partnership between the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO). The new Prosecutor-Initiated Sentence Adjustment (PISA) law that went into effect in Minnesota on Aug. 1, 2023, is already in place… The post Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and School of Law Launch Sentence Review Partnership appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
Professor Virgil Wiebe has been named a 2023 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for the contributions made by the law school’s Immigration Law Practice Group clinic, which he leads, for Minnesota’s new Driver’s License for All legislation. Wiebe is recognized among a group of immigration lawyers and professors who played a critical role… The post Law Professor Earns Award for Role in Driver’s License for All Bill appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.