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Areas of Study

General practice

General Practice

Law students often choose to pursue a general law curriculum because they want a career as a solo practitioner or in a small firm—in a large city, but also in a small town, where attorneys are in high demand. Choosing a general practice path can also simply prepare you to be versatile in your career in the public, nonprofit or private sectors.

St. Thomas Law offers a broad, yet distinctive curriculum that combines practical skills, theoretical knowledge and comprehensive mentoring to prepare you to achieve your professional ambitions.

And since our campus is located in downtown Minneapolis, you will be near the state and federal courts, state legislature, major law firms and businesses to explore your career options as a law student.


Admissions Office

Phone Number
(651) 962-4895

Featured Faculty

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David Grenardo

Professor Grenardo's scholarship focuses on professional responsibility, sports law, legal pedagogy and the practice of law.
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Benjamin Carpenter

Professor Carpenter’s primary research focuses on the effect of assisted reproduction on trust and estate law.
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Thomas Berg

Professor Berg teaches constitutional law, religious liberty, intellectual property courses and the religious liberty appellate clinic.
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Jerry Organ

Professor Organ has experience in a variety of practice areas, including environmental law and property law.
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Charles Reid

Among Professor Reid’s specialties is an expertise in contracts, employment law and marriage law.
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Course List

Below are examples of some of the courses offered at St. Thomas for students interested in pursuing general practice.

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Evidence
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations
  • Business Basics for Lawyers: Foundations III
  • Civil Pre-Trial Litigation
  • Civil Procedure
  • Client Interviewing and Counseling
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Procedure I: Investigation and Pre-Trial
  • Criminal Procedure II: Trial and Post-Trial
  • Disability Law
  • Election Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law
  • First Amendment: Religious Liberty
  • Health Law I and II
  • Information Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Patent Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property
  • Public Speaking for Lawyers
  • Representing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
  • Serving Clients Well: Foundations II
  • Small Firm Practice
  • Topics: State Constitutional Law
  • Topics: Practice-Ready Legal Writing
  • Topics: The Role of In-House Counsel
  • Torts
  • Understanding Legislative Intent
  • Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • Workers’ Compensation

Experiential Learning

Legal Externships

Accelerate your professional development and understanding of the law in a legal externship.
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Fredrikson & Byron Public Interest Externship

Engage in legal work at a public interest organization or government agency, while examining complex issues of ethics, access to justice and broader public interest policies.
Public Interest Externship
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Business Externship

Gain pragmatic, real-world business law experience in a corporate or non-profit environment through both observation and hands-on work projects.
Business Externship

Legal Clinics

Represent and assist clients working in one of our 10 legal clinics. A few examples are listed below.

The Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic represents an indigent party in federal bankruptcy court. Students gain experience handling cases from beginning to end.
Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic
The Immigration Law Practice Group represents immigrants seeking asylum as a result of persecution or a fear of persecution in their home countries.
Immigration Law Practice Group
The Trademark Clinic counsels clients regarding trademark matters and drafts and files trademark applications, responses to PTO actions and other related documents.
Trademark Clinic
The Special Education Clinic works with parents of elementary and secondary school students who have been identified as qualifying for special education services.
Special Education Clinic
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We Pair Each Student With A Mentor

Mentor Externship Program

Each law student is matched with a mentor, who complements their interests and professional goals—such as a solo practitioner or a family law attorney. Our mentors allow students to engage in legal work, professional networking and meaningful reflection.

Meet our Alumni

Lawyer Search is St. Thomas Law's online directory of alumni. It is available to those with legal needs, for attorney networking and referrals and so current and prospective law students can meet attorneys working in their area of interest. Click below to connect with one of our alums!