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Dean's Message

Thank you for your interest in The St. Thomas University School of Law. This is a unique law school, with faculty, staff, and students working together to help each other, and our sense of community has made us one of the most highly ranked in the nation for quality of life. Our professors are experienced lawyers; experts in their fields who write highly regarded books and law journal articles, and excellent teachers. They are enthusiastic about getting to know you and helping you develop into an effective and successful professional. Our law school will also give you the opportunity to become part of the vibrant business, social, and legal environment of South Florida. As the gateway to the Americas, Miami offers unrivaled personal and professional opportunities.

Here, your legal education will extend beyond the classroom. Whether serving clients in our law clinics, representing us in interschool competitions on one of our highly successful trial advocacy or moot court teams, writing for one of our law journals, interning with judges, government agencies, and social service agencies, or providing service to underrepresented communities through our Pro Bono Leadership Program, you will have the opportunity to build your skills, be engaged, and make a difference. You will build a strong foundation while you are here.

This transforming experience will equip you well for the future whether you choose to practice law or serve in a leadership position in business, government, or social service. Whatever your career choice, the skills, knowledge, and confidence you gain here will help you make a difference in your community and in the world.

Finally, I think you will enjoy being part of our law student community. We have a diverse student body with students from many backgrounds and faiths, all of whom will enhance your perspectives. Because ours is a Catholic university where values matter, we focus on social justice and respect for the person.

I hope that you will visit our campus to meet our faculty, students, and staff and sit in on a class. We look forward to welcoming you.

Douglas E. Ray
Dean and Professor of Law