Introduction to Legal Studies Program

Introduction to Legal Studies is a three-week, non-credit program offered to all admitted students and a select group of students seeking to be admitted. The program offers an introduction to the study of law that will allow you to gain a head start on acquiring skills essential to succeed in law school. Students admitted as INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL STUDIES (ILS)-REQUIRED are guaranteed a seat in the fall 2014 class upon completion of our Legal Studies Program.

Academic Content: 
One legal topic is taught each week by a different faculty member. At the end of each week, students will be tested on the material covered that week. The classes and the examinations will introduce you to the teaching and testing methodologies used in law school.

The purpose of this three week course is to expose you to a new way of learning. We will provide you all the materials for the course. You will receive the materials for the first week of class via e-mail. The materials for each of the subsequent subjects will be provided after the Saturday exam of the preceding week.

Scholarship Opportunity:
Students who are in the top 5% of the class at the end of the program will earn a one-time $5,000.00 scholarship award. Students in the top 20% at the end of the program will earn a one-time $2,000.00 scholarship award.

Program Fee:
The cost for the program is a $1,500.00 non-refundable fee. The entire amount of your non-refundable fee will be applied to your tuition.

Dates:
  • Orientation:  May 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Classes:  Monday, June 2, 2014 – Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Exams are administered on Saturday each week following class
  • June 7th, 14th, and 21st, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.



Introduction to Legal Studies – Conditional
Students admitted to our Introduction to Legal Studies (ILS)-Conditional Program are extended an opportunity to gain admission to our fall 2014 class upon the successful completion (top 20%) of the Program. This three-week program is designed to introduce you to legal principles and allows us to further evaluate your potential for success in law school. The program is structured as follows:

Dates
  • Orientation:  Friday, May 30, 2014,   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Classes:  Monday, June 2, 2014 – Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Exams:  June 7th, 14th, and 21st, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (administered on Saturday each week following class)

Academic Content
One legal topic is taught each week.  At the end of each week, you will be tested on the material covered that week. 

Grade Requirement
You will be graded on a point scale system.  If you score in the top 20%, you will be admitted to the Fall 2014 class. 

Fee
The cost for the program is a $1,500.00 non-refundable fee; due by April 1, 2014. The entire amount of your non-refundable fee will be applied to your fall tuition if you are admitted.



Introduction to Legal Studies – Required
St. Thomas University School of Law invites you to begin your studies in Fall 2014 upon your completion of our three-week Introduction to Legal Studies Program (ILS), which is offered from May 30, 2014 to June 21, 2014. You are essentially an “admitted student” but will need to complete this program which is designed to prepare you for law school. ILS provides each student the opportunity to experience the study of law and acquire skills essential to the study of law.

Dates
  • Orientation:  May 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Classes:  June 2, 2014 to June 21, 2014  (Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.)
  • Exams:  June 7th, 14th, 21st, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (administered on Saturday each week following class)

Academic Content
One legal topic is taught each week by a different faculty member. At the end of each week, students will be tested on the material covered that week. The classes and the examinations will introduce you to the teaching and testing methodologies used in law school. These can differ significantly from your other educational pursuits.

Fee
$1,500.00 non-refundable fee due by April 1, 2014.  The entire fee will be applied toward your fall 2014 tuition.

Grading
You will receive feedback in the form of a point scale score for each week. The scores are provided for feedback purposes only, and not made a part of your transcript. This feedback should enable you to get a better idea of how to prepare for law school and how to perform more effectively on law school examinations.


For information please contact the admissions office at admitme@stu.edu, 305.623.2310, or 800.245.4569 (toll free).