Law, J.D.

Saint Louis University’s Juris Doctor program, offered by the School of Law, trains you to become a successful lawyer and includes many opportunities for specialization in your area of interest.


About the Program

SLU’s J.D. program offers extensive courses and personalized interaction with nationally recognized professors. You’ll be directly exposed to practicing attorneys and clients through professional skills courses, SLU legal clinics and externship programs. Guest speakers who have diverse legal backgrounds and career experience — ranging from federal and state judges to partners, associates and corporate executives — provide students with a real-world approach to learning.

In addition to offering part-time and full-time J.D. options, SLU’s School of Law offers a two-year J.D. for foreign lawyers, 11 dual-degree programs in collaboration with other schools at SLU and several concentration options.

Two-Year J.D. for Foreign Lawyers

The two-year J.D. for foreign lawyers at SLU is a 61-credit-hour, full-time program for lawyers who have completed their first law degree in a foreign jurisdiction and would like to enhance their ability to engage in a global law practice by earning a U.S. law degree. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters and allows graduates of the program to sit for the bar in any U.S. state.

Concentrations

SLU law students may also earn a concentration in the following areas:

Business Transactional Law

SLU LAW’s business transactional law concentration allows you to concentrate your studies on the legal and practical issues that arise in business-oriented, transactional practice of law. Basic courses in business associations and taxation underlie any advanced study of business transactions and are required courses for the concentration. “Real Estate Transactions” is recommended but not required for the concentration.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 elective hours of advanced taxation and business courses. With advance planning, full-time students should be able to complete the concentration requirements without additional time or credit hours beyond what is required for the J.D. program. Part-time students may also be able to earn the concentration with advanced planning but may occasionally need to take a course offered before 6 p.m.

Civil Litigation Skills

SLU LAW’s civil litigation skills concentration allows a focus on traditional litigation skills and participation in a clinical experience while in law school. Full-time students should able to complete the concentration requirements without additional time or credit hours beyond what is required for the J.D. program. Part-time students who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course and fulfill the clinical requirements also will be able to complete the concentration.

Criminal Litigation Skills

SLU LAW’s criminal litigation skills concentration helps you develop the skills and relationships necessary in the fields of criminal defense and prosecution. Full-time students should able to complete the concentration requirements without additional time or credit hours beyond what is required for the J.D. program. Part-time students who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course and fulfill the clinical requirements will also be able to complete the concentration.

Employment Law

SLU LAW’s employment law concentration prepares you to practice in governmental positions, such as with the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Human Rights Commission of a state or local government. It is also beneficial in the practice of corporate law and in representing other institutional clients such as in health care industries or in higher education. Significant increases in the number of employment discrimination cases filed have made this area an important component of any litigation department. A wide range of opportunities for employment exists in this field.

Health Law

Available to students who meet its rigorous requirements, SLU LAW’s Center for Health Law Studies offers a concentration that will allow you to use health law skills in research and practical environments. This concentration is evidence of the seriousness with which you approach the field of health law and certifies that your are fully prepared to meet the demands of this rapidly changing legal field.

Intellectual Property Law

SLU LAW’s intellectual property law concentration emphasizes information, analytical tools and skills lawyers require to represent their clients' intellectual property needs. You will have the opportunity to take specialized courses that expose you to the legal and practical issues that arise in intellectual property law. Students who wish to receive this concentration will complete a minimum of 10 hours of intellectual property law courses with a satisfactory grade (C or higher). You will consult with the concentration adviser to tailor your course selection to your particular interests. Full-time students should able to complete the concentration requirements without additional time or credit hours beyond what is required for the J.D. program. Part-time students may also be able to earn the concentration with advance planning but may need to occasionally take a course offered before 6 p.m.

International and Comparative Law

Offered through the Center for International and Comparative Law, you can earn this concentration from SLU LAW by completing both a semester-long study abroad program through the School of Law in France, Ireland or Switzerland and a three-credit international law course. Each student must also complete a substantial research paper on an international or comparative law topic. You may earn up to six credits from SLU School of Law’s summer program in Madrid that will count toward the concentration's 10 credits of coursework requirement. 

Taxation

SLU LAW’s taxation concentration allows law students to concentrate in courses examining the complex concepts and statutes that underlie taxation. Each student must complete the basic taxation course before fulfilling the concentration requirements. You must complete a minimum of eight additional hours of advanced taxation courses for the concentration. Full-time students should able to complete the concentration requirements without additional time or credit hours beyond what is required for the J.D. program. Students attending the part-time program who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course also will be able to complete the concentration requirements.

Urban Development, Land Use and Environmental Law

SLU LAW’s concentration in urban development, land use and environmental law encourages interdisciplinary work. You can enroll directly in “Urban Issues Symposium,” an interdisciplinary course with graduate students in architecture, business, public administration, public policy, social work and urban planning. You can also choose to take “Social Responsibility and the Professional,” another interdisciplinary course with faculty from several graduate programs.

Dual Degree Programs

The School of Law offers 11 dual degree programs in partnership with several schools within the University.

Program Highlights

Saint Louis University School of Law was founded in 1843 and is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. The strength of our faculty, breadth of course offerings and extensive clinical and professional skills experiences provide students with a well-rounded legal education. The School of Law's rich history consists of strong connections to the community and a long tradition of public service. The law school’s location in the heart of the city of St. Louis offers you unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and a unique opportunity to see the law in action.

Curriculum and Program Details

Saint Louis University School of Law offers a diverse curriculum designed to prepare our students for all areas of legal practice. The first 30 hours comprise the core curriculum in which you will be introduced to substantive areas of law and develop basic skills of legal analysis. The upper-division curriculum includes a wide variety of courses, from specialized offerings to foundational bar preparation courses. The majority of the 91 required credit hours for the J.D. degree are elective courses.

Faculty

The faculty at SLU’s School of Law are leaders in scholarship, teaching and service. Their research advances the study and practice of law, and their commitment is apparent from the first day of class. Drawing from their legal expertise and experience, the faculty work closely with students, guiding them through the complexities of the law.

  • John J. Ammann
  • Jon Baris
  • Matt Bodie
  • S. Paige Canfield
  • Miriam A. Cherry
  • Erika Cohn
  • Kelly Dineen
  • Monica Eppinger
  • Susan A. FitzGibbon
  • Chad W. Flanders
  • Bradley E. S. Fogel
  • Robert Gatter
  • Marcia A. Goldsmith
  • Joel K. Goldstein
  • Thomas L. Greaney
  • John M. Griesbach
  • Stephen F. Hanlon
  • Justin Hansford
  • Malcolm J. Harkins III
  • William P. Johnson
  • Samuel P. Jordan
  • Michael Korybut
  • Kerrin McCormick Kowach
  • David A. Lander
  • Patricia H. Lee
  • Jeffrey E. Lewis
  • Yvette Joy Liebesman
  • Dana M. Malkus
  • Marcia L. McCormick
  • Susan W. McGraugh
  • Antonia Miceli
  • Kelly Mulholland
  • Carol A. Needham
  • Henry M. Ordower
  • Elizabeth Pendo
  • Karen Petroski
  • Jeff A. Redding
  • Brendan Roediger
  • Christine E. Rollins
  • Gary L. Rutledge
  • Kerry A. Ryan
  • Amy N. Sanders
  • Karen Speiser Sanner
  • Ann M. Scarlett
  • Thomas L. Stewart
  • Lisa Sonia Taylor
  • Aaron Taylor
  • Constance Z. Wagner
  • Anders Walker
  • Sidney D. Watson
  • Alan M. Weinberger
  • Douglas R. Williams
  • Molly J. Walker Wilson
  • Michael Wolff
Careers
Graduates from Saint Louis University School of Law are prepared to take the bar and practice as attorneys. 
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

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Applicant Criteria

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee as authorized by ABA Accreditation Standards Section 502(C).

Registration for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)  Credential Assembly Service and the Law School Admission Council Letter of Recommendation Service. No application is complete without test scores and transcript analysis from LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. We do accept evaluation forms through the LSAC Evaluations Service, but they are not required.

We highly recommend that applicants take the LSAT in the summer or fall prior to the year they wish to enter law school. SLU’s School of Law will only consider LSAT scores earned within the last three years.

All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be forwarded directly to the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service. SLU’s School of Law will request its report upon receipt of the application.

Application Requirements

Completed application (online only)
Complete LSAC law school report
Two letters of recommendation
Personal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Students should apply for admission by Feb. 1.

Review Process

Saint Louis University’s School of Law begins accepting applications Sept. 1. All applications received after Sept. 1 are considered for the following fall term. The admissions committee begins the review process in November, and the first round of decisions will be made by Dec. 1. We admit on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to complete your application as soon as possible.

The admissions committee considers several factors when determining a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, LSAT results (the admissions committee looks only at the applicant's highest score), personal statement, work experience, graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service.