The University of St. Thomas School of Law has established itself not only as an outstanding law school but also as an exceptional place to be a law student. The School of Law was ranked the No. 1 law school in the country in 2005 for Best Quality of Life among students, according to Princeton Review’s The Best 159 Law Schools. While a number of factors contribute to this quality of life at the School of Law, including our beautiful building and remarkable faculty, our students clearly are the biggest factor in shaping the sense of community.
The creation of a great law school begins with a mission that draws passionate students from across the political spectrum who want to improve the world in which they live. Although debate is common and often intense, students understand their role in maintaining the quality of life that initially drew them to St. Thomas. In the classroom, in co-curricular activities and in daily interaction, students maintain a culture of dignity and respect. The atmosphere is collegial, not competitive; affirming, not alienating; supportive, not combative. The student body of more than 450 students reflects a wide range of experience, voices and beliefs. While most of our students are only a few years removed from undergraduate life, a growing number of nontraditional students study and learn here. A strong social life thrives on campus with a full calendar of formal and informal community activities. Of course, the primary source of the social life and the high quality of life is the friendships born from working, learning and living together.