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Educating Well-Rounded Lawyers

Areas of study

A Cutting-Edge Curriculum

We're committed to educating well-rounded lawyers, and among the strengths of our program is our vast catalog of courses that can be tailored to fit the professional aspirations of each student. Whether your passion is corporate law, civil litigation, dispute resolution, criminal law, family law, public interest law, ethics and compliance, international law or a specialty area, the faculty and staff at St. Thomas can help advise you on a curriculum that truly fits with your personal and professional goals.

Below are examples of areas in which you can choose to focus your study.


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Areas of Study

Ethics and compliance professionals are stewards of corporate behavior. They foster a moral culture that brings out the best in others, while safeguarding their company’s assets from internal and external harm. St. Thomas offers a concentration and a joint degree option in this area.

A civil litigator will handle a variety of non-criminal matters for clients. Some cases will be resolved through a trial, while others will be handled through a resolution process, such as arbitration, negotiation or mediation—either independent of the court system or during the in-court process.

To pursue a career as a prosecutor or public defender, an attorney in a state or federal agency, or a private defense attorney you need a strong foundation in criminal law and procedure, and an understanding of the issues facing our justice system, such as mass incarceration, sentencing and implicit bias.

General practice attorneys do not have a specific practice area, but rather handle a broad range of cases. Many general practitioners work in small firms or in a solo practice.

An understanding of global issues and legal systems outside the U.S. is key for those interested in practicing international and comparative law, whether it is at a multinational corporation or as part of a career advocating for human rights.

Public interest lawyers advocate for civil rights and social justice causes and help individuals who might not otherwise receive legal assistance in both civil and criminal matters. They work for non-profits, legal aid organizations, as state and federal prosecutors and for human rights organizations.

Lawyers who practice intellectual property (IP) law assist the innovation and creativity of individuals and businesses through patent, copyright, trademark and related laws. Related practice areas include data privacy, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship.

Lawyers who practice business law may work as litigators or business counselors at law firms or corporations. Many specialize in areas such as tax law, contracts and mergers, securities law or employment law. They are skilled at investigating claims, drafting agreements, negotiating and trial work.

Immerse yourself in the law through hands-on training

Legal education goes beyond the classroom and a theoretical knowledge of the law.

Mentor Program

Our mentorship program pairs you with a lawyer or judge working in your area of interest who will help you gain work experience, develop relationships and navigate the legal field.
Learn more about Mentor Externship Program

Legal Clinics

Legal clinics offer law students the opportunity to tackle legal issues and work with clients while working alongside faculty experts.
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Legal Externships

Off-campus legal externships provide hands-on professional experience and accelerate a student’s substantive understanding of the law.
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Thought Leaders

World-class faculty

Our professors are leading experts in their fields who produce academic scholarship that expands society's knowledge about the law and sheds like on complex legal problems. In 2021, St. Thomas Law’s faculty was ranked #23 in the nation for scholarly impact. They have also been highly ranked for their accessibility by students. Our faculty not only teach, they also create opportunities for you to work side-by-side with them on research, writing and advocacy work.