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Dean's Message



Welcome to St. Thomas University School of Law. The law school you choose to attend will significantly impact the type of lawyer you will become. At St. Thomas University School of Law, you will become a leader not only in the law, but also in ethics, professionalism, and service.

Learning the law in our unique, student-centered community promises to be one of the most exciting times of your life. You will study law with leading scholars and practitioners, who have degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and will serve not only as teachers but also as mentors. The open-door policy and small class size at St. Thomas will ensure you will have ready access and genuine interaction with the faculty guiding your legal education.

You will experience and actually practice the law first-hand through our extensive and award-winning clinical and internship programs, including such unique opportunities as the United Nations internship in New York City, our in-house Immigration clinic, and the Florida Supreme Court internship in Tallahassee. Through our Pro Bono program and other specialty programs such as our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, you will gain hands-on experience working with community organizations, clients, courts, and more. Our Summer-in-Spain program will allow you to discover other cultures and to learn about the international dimension of the legal system.

St. Thomas is continually ranked as one of the most diverse law schools in the nation. This global diversity enriches our community and promotes a truly cosmopolitan learning environment. The city of Miami, with its diversity, as well as its significant legal, business, entertainment, and arts communities, reinforces the international flavor of our campus. Our alumni have distinguished careers as members of large law firms, public service entities, the judiciary, and the business and entertainment worlds. Our cutting-edge, celebrated programs in Intercultural Human Rights and the Environment are training a new generation of leaders and advocates while making a significant difference for people struggling for human dignity and basic rights across the globe, and for our planet struggling for its health and its future.

At St. Thomas University School of Law, you will study, practice, and experience the law in a law school community unlike any other in the nation- our small size coupled with our diversity makes for a friendly yet challenging environment where excellence and exploration are fostered, and where great legal minds are cultivated.

I invite you to join our uniquely collaborative academic community for this challenging and exciting journey through the law.

Alfredo Garcia
Dean and Professor of Law