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Prepared for what’s next

Pre-Law

About Pre-Law at St. Thomas

To excel in law school and the legal profession, you need strong reading, writing and advocacy skills.

As a pre-law student at the University of St. Thomas, you will have a wide array of majors and minors to choose from that will provide the needed knowledge and skills to attend law school. Additionally, St. Thomas offer legal studies and legal skills minors that complement a variety of programs at the university. The legal studies minor allows you to read, analyze and apply legal texts. The legal skills minor focuses on building a practical skill set that will be applicable to future education and work in legal fields.

No matter what you choose to major or minor in, you will graduate with the critical thinking, writing and public speaking skills you need for a career in law. You will have the opportunity to network with practicing attorneys as an undergraduate student as well.

Majors and Minors

St. Thomas has over 150 majors that will prepare you well for law school. No particular major is required, but here are some of the most common.

Get Involved

We recommend connecting with the Pre-Law adviser to discuss getting involved on campus and completing the appropriate courses for law school.

Contact Dr. Caleb Goltz 
Pre-Law Society 
Mock Trial 

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01 “Is law school right for me?”

One on One Attention

Dr. Caleb Goltz regularly meets with students when they are in high school and while they are enrolled at St. Thomas to discuss if law school is right for them. Schedule a meeting with him today by contacting the Office of Admissions.

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02 Prepare for the next chapter

Pre-Law Society

Pre-Law Society was created to support students interested in the field of law by connecting them with law schools and practicing attorneys. This club sponsors attorney-networking events, law school information sessions and practice LSAT exams. Our members also have the opportunity to compete with our Mock Trial team as well, and often compete in local, regional and national competitions.

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03 Preparing for the future

Internship Opportunities

Gaining practical experience is so important to preparing yourself for law school and your future career as an attorney. Pre-Law Society distributes a newsletter with available internships to its members every month.

Firm foundation for a bright future

Legal Studies and Legal Skills

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Legal Studies Minor

A minor in legal studies examines how the law governs human action and interactions from multiple perspectives.

Explore the Legal Studies Minor
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Legal Skills Minor

A minor in legal skills was to designed to help you build a diverse skill set that you need to succeed in law school.

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01 Gain practical experience

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial team develops skills of legal analysis and oral advocacy. The team is open to all students. Their season runs from September through March, and they have a long tradition of being highly competitive.

Faculty

St. Thomas is filled with faculty that are passionate about mentoring students and being active scholars. Here is what a few of our faculty have been up to lately.

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Dr. Caleb Goltz

Dr. Goltz teaches courses focusing on law and the judiciary, and is especially interested in animal law.

Dr. Caleb Goltz
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Dr. Susan Marsnik

Dr. Marsnik researches current issues in global patent and copyright law that impacts multinational companies doing business across borders.

Dr. Susan Marsnik
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Dr. Dale Thompson

Dr. Thompson's scholarship centers on applied business policies, including health care and financial regulation.

Contact Information

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about preparing for law school at St. Thomas.

Mailing Address

Mail JRC 406
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

Dr. Goltz is located on the fourth floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (Building #2 on the campus map).