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History

St. Thomas University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The School of Law is located on the main campus of St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. The School of Law was founded in 1984 and includes a multi-level library, a moot court amphitheater, faculty and administrative offices, a computer lab, and classrooms and offices for student organizations. The architectural combination of the law school buildings and breezeway provides a comfortable setting for the study of law, including an outdoor classroom that is usable virtually year-round.

Diversity

The U.S. & World Report Diversity index places the law school in a tie for fourth place among all ABA-accredited law schools in its Diversity Index (2008 edition). St. Thomas is also first in the nation in conferring J.D. degrees upon Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine (December 2006 Issue); and the dean, Alfredo Garcia, is the first Cuban-born dean of a U.S. law school. The Princeton Review ranks St. Thomas # 3 for the Best Environment for Minority Students (2009 edition). The diverse faculty is ranked # 9 in the country according to the Princeton Review.

Extracurricular activities

The school of law has several student organizations. The St. Thomas Law Review is one of the most prestigious legal publications in the world. The Law Review has been cited over 2,680 times by state and federal courts, treaties, legal casebooks, appellate briefs, and other law reviews and journals. Additionally, as of 2008, St. Thomas Law Review is ranked in the top 25% worldwide among other legal publications. The school of law also has a Moot Court Team, International Moot Court Team, and a Mock Trial Team.

Law School Statistics

• Saint Thomas is 3rd in the nation and first in the circuit in fundraising to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, among participating ABA schools as students have raised more than $17,500.
• Students have performed more than 13,500 hours of pro bono service in the 2004-2005 academic year.
• Over the last 5 years, alumni participation in giving has increased 3000%.
• Alumni serve as legislators, judges, partners in international law firms, solo practitioners, entrepreneurs, and as leaders in their community and around the world in human rights.
• Exceptional faculty, with degrees from Harvard, Yale and other distinguished universities.
• Student to faculty ratio is 18.8 to 1.
• The St. Thomas School of law recently had a bar passage rate higher than Florida State University, University of Miami, and University of Florida.

Admissions Statistics

Average age: 25 Minority enrollment: 59% 75th % LSAT 151; 25th 148; Median 150 75% GPA 3.25; 25th 2.63; Median 3.00

First-Year Courses

In the first semester of law school, students are divided in to sections and are automatically enrolled in Contracts I, Civil Procedure I, Property I, Torts I, and Legal Research and Writing. The following semester students continue on to Contracts II, Civil Procedure II, Property II, Torts II, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing. Students in the first year have class Monday-Friday. In the second year, students are given the opportunity to choose which courses they take.

Scholarships

School of Law Merit Scholarships- Scholarships are available to qualified J.D. students based on scholastic achievement and the availability of funds. For entering first-year students, eligibility is based on the LSAT and undergraduate GPA. Eligibility for second and third-year students is based on class rank and law school GPA. Consideration for merit scholarships is automatically given to all students; no formal application is required.

Donor Scholarships-The law school also provides its students the opportunity to seek donor scholarships from numerous organizations.

Joint Degree Programs

The faculties of the law school and the graduate school work in close collaboration to offer five exciting, joint-degree programs: the J.D./M.S. in Sports Administration, the J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Administration, the J.D./M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, J.D./M.B.A. in International Business, and the J.D./M.B.A. in Accounting.

Summer-in-Spain Study Abroad Program

St. Thomas University School of Law conducts a summer study abroad program in El Escorial, Spain each summer. El Escorial is in the beautiful foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains, about 25 miles northwest of Madrid. With an elevation of 3,432 feet, the area enjoys a pleasant year-round temperature.

The program is A.B.A. approved. St. Thomas, along with students from other law schools can study various subjects in International and Comparative Law. Grades from St. Thomas Summer-In-Spain program counts toward the residency requirement.

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