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St. Thomas Law provides information in compliance with Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The Standard 509 Information Report is available for download in PDF format.


Admissions Data

Fall 2014

Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Apps 1318 1318 0
Number of Offers 824 824 0
Number Enrolled 241 241 0
75% GPA 3.36 3.36
Median GPA 3.02 3.02
25% GPA 2.78 2.78
75% LSAT 151 151
Median LSAT 147 147
25% LSAT 144 144

Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs

Estimated 2014-2015 Cost of Attendance (COA)

J.D. Program
Fall/Spring On Campus Off Campus With Parent
Tuition & Fees $38,458 $38,458 $38,458
Books & Supplies 1,500 1,500 1,500
Room & Board 17,720 14,496 2,790
Loan Fees 1,380 1,380 1,380
Transportation 2,272 3,310 3,310
Personal 3,752 3,752 3,752
TOTAL COA $65,082 $62,896 $51,190
LL.M. Program
Fall/Spring On Campus Off Campus With Parent
Tuition & Fees $26,636 $26,636 $26,636
Books & Supplies 1,200 1,200 1,200
Room & Board 17,720 14,496 2,790
Loan Fees 735 735 735
Transportation 2,272 3,310 3,310
Personal 2,707 2,707 2,707
TOTAL COA $51,270 $49,084 $37,378
J.S.D. Program
Per Semester 9 Credits
Tuition & Fees $3,652
Books & Supplies 625
Loan Fees 46
TOTAL COA $4,323

These are estimated figures and are subject to change without notice.

As per federal regulations consumer debt (e.g. mortgage, car loans, personal loans, and credit card) cannot be included in the Cost of Attendance.

On a case-by-case basis Cost of Attendance figures may be adjusted for reasonable educational related expenses.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Law School's Office of Student and Financial Affairs recognizes that financing your legal education is an important investment in yourself, your future, and the communities you will serve. While the primary responsibility of financing your education rests with you and your family, we are committed to helping you meet your educational goals. To assist students with the costs of attending law school, St. Thomas University School of Law offers financial assistance to eligible law students mainly through the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Direct Student Loan Programs up to their Cost of Attendance.


St Thomas Law School is pleased to offer a variety of merit scholarships to incoming and continuing students.

Incoming Students

Scholarships for incoming first year students with substantial promise are automatically awarded by the Law School's Office of Admissions based on LSAT, prior academic record, and past service and experience. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships and no additional application is necessary. Transfer students are considered after completing a full year at St. Thomas Law. For additional information on specific award criteria, contact the Office of Admissions.

Some incoming scholarships may be renewed for the second and third years based on academic performance in the first year. All awards are made on a yearly basis for the Fall and Spring semesters only. Scholarship recipients are notified of the retention policy applying to their scholarships at the time of award. For retention data, click here.

Continuing Students

Students ranking in the top 25 percent of their class at the end of each academic year of full time study, whether or not they had incoming merit scholarships, can receive awards under the Upper Level Academic Scholarship Program. Awards range from $7,500 to $30,000 depending on academic performance. Students with incoming scholarships who qualify for a larger award under the Program will receive the greater of the two awards. All awards are made on a yearly basis for the Fall and Spring semesters only.

Donor Scholarships

Through the generosity of donors, St Thomas Law also offers several scholarships of varying amounts to continuing students. Criteria vary and can include need, leadership and service activities. For a list of these scholarships, click here.

Students Matriculating in Academic Year: # Entering with Conditional Scholarships: # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated:
2012 81 45
2011 153 104
2010 184 137

Scholarship Retention Data

In compliance with Standard 509 of the American Bar Association we are pleased to provide you with the following Scholarship Retention Data Worksheet.

Prior to 2012, conditional scholarship retention required achieving a class rank in the top 25%. In 2012, the standards were relaxed to require a 2.8 GPA for scholarship retention for most awards.

In addition, students who rank in the top 25 percent at the end of the first year of full time study receive awards under the Upper Level Academic Scholarship Program. Awards range from $7,500 to $30,000 depending on academic rank. Over the past three years, a total of 84 incoming scholarships were increased in amount and an additional 54 scholarships were awarded under the Program.

Enrollment Data

Academic Transfer Other Total
# # # # %
1st year 39 12 3 54 20.7
2nd Year 0 1 0 1 0.6
3rd Year 0 1 0 1 0.5
Transfers In 11
Transfers Out 3

Bar Passage Data

First time bar passage rate for graduates on the Florida Bar Exam:

2012 75.14%
2011 75.13%
2010 75.48%
2009 73.61%
2008 78.79%

Faculty and Administration

Total Men Women Minorities
Spr Fall Spr Fall Spr Fall Spr Fall
Full-Time 34 32 20 18 14 14 9 7
Other Full-Time 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Deans, librarians & others who teach 7 6 4 3 3 3 3 4
Part-Time 48 35 37 26 11 9 10 11
91 75 63 49 28 26 22 22
Student faculty ratio 15.79 to 1

Refund Policies

The effective date of withdrawal is the date on which a completed official withdrawal form is received by the Office of the Law School Registrar; the percentage of credit will be determined by this date. The term begins on the first day of classes for that session, not the student's first day of attendance. Refunds for students who have withdrawn are based on tuition only. Fees and deposits are non-refundable. If a student has been awarded financial aid, the financial aid programs from which the funds were disbursed will be refunded in accordance with the formula required by federal law. Tuition refunds are calculated as follows:

Fall & Spring Term Deducted From Account % You Owe
Up to the 8th day of term 100% 0%
9th day of term 90% 10%
10th day of term 50% 50%
No refunds after the 10th day of term 0% 100%
Summer Term % Deducted from Account % You Owe
Up to the 1st day of term 100% 0%
No refunds after 1st class day 0% 100%

Refund checks will be processed within 14 business days after credit appears on student accounts pursuant to the Federal Department of Education regulations. Refund checks will be directly deposited to students' checking or savings accounts. All law students are expected to enroll in the University's direct deposit program.

Refunds of room and board charges for resident students who withdraw (or are dismissed) from the law school are calculated by the Office of Campus Life. Unused portions of security deposits will be refunded upon the approval of the Housing Office.

Curriculum Data

Full Time Part Time
Typical first-year section size 68 0
Number of Upper Division Classroom course sections
Under 25 128 0
25-49 53
50-74 7
Number of positions available in simulation courses 279 0
Number of simulation positions filled 231 0
Number of positions available in faculty supervised clinical courses 50 0
Number of faculty supervised clinical positions filled
Number of field placement position filled 138 0
Number of students that participated in law journals 82 0
Number of students who participated in
interschool skills competitions
61 0
Number of credit hours required to graduate 90 0