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Practice with a Purpose

About the School of Law

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Founded in 1999, the University of St. Thomas School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, offering an innovative curriculum that emphasizes professional formation and the education of the whole person. We strive to help each student develop the professional and ethical values that are vital to long-term success in our profession, enabling them to become lawyers who lead their communities by serving them.


For practical training, 2024


For student quality of life, 2021


Gold-standard employment, 2023

Degrees and Programs

LL.M. in U.S. Law

A one-year degree program for international attorneys who want to expand their knowledge about the U.S. legal system.

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Interim Dean

Joel A. Nichols

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is led by Interim Dean Joel A. Nichols. He received his Juris Doctor, with high honors, from Emory Law School, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Nichols earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Abilene Christian University.

Meet Interim Dean Nichols

Associate Deans

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Thought Leaders

World-class Faculty

Our professors are leading experts in their fields and our students’ biggest supporters. They not only teach, they create opportunities for law students to work side-by-side with them on research, writing and advocacy work. In 2021, St. Thomas Law’s faculty was ranked #23 in the nation for scholarly impact.

Meet our professors
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An Engaged Legal Community

Minnesota Bench and Bar

St. Thomas Law is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, right in the middle of a dynamic legal and business community.

Lawyer Search

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