History

St. Thomas University, a Catholic institution, was founded in 1961 as Biscayne College. Encouraged by Miami’s first Archbishop, Augustinian friars established a liberal arts college on the present site of the campus. Following years of steady growth, Biscayne College was renamed St. Thomas University. St. Thomas is the only archdiocesan-sponsored university in the state of Florida, and is one of only 13 in the United States.

St. Thomas University is located on a 140-acre campus in northwest Miami. In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, the University offers a variety of post-baccalaureate degrees, including programs in accounting, business administration, elementary education, counseling, management, sports administration and pastoral ministries. Joint degree programs with the law school exist with business administration, counseling and sports administration.

The St. Thomas University School of Law was founded in 1984. The School of Law is located on the main campus of the university 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 buildings and breezeways provides a comfortable setting for the study of law, including an outdoor classroom that is usable virtually year-round.

The School of Law is not only fully accredited by the American Bar Association but it is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It embraces the duties and obligations of the Judeo-Christian ethic and endeavors to instill the values and ethics of that tradition and of the Catholic Church in its students. As a Catholic law school, St. Thomas University School of Law has a fundamental duty to impart these values and ethics through the teaching of law.

St. Thomas University School of Law takes special pride in the diversity of the student body. The School of Law has been recognized as having the most diverse student body among accredited law schools. The cultural diversity, commitment to professionalism and small class size make studying law at St. Thomas University School of Law a unique and enriching experience.


Major Facts

Miami, home of St. Thomas University School of Law, is not only an international gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean but also is a center of global commercial, financial and cultural activity, making it a well-suited laboratory for our international programs, including our LL.M. and J.S.D. in intercultural human rights.