Saint Louis University
School of Law
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MottoAd maiorem Dei gloriam
Parent schoolSaint Louis University
Establishedfirst: 1843-1847
current: 1908; 114 years ago (1908)
School typePrivate, Roman Catholic - Jesuit
Parent endowment$1.3 Billion[1]
DeanWilliam P. Johnson[2]
LocationDowntown St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Enrollment930 (806 full-time, 124 part-time)[3]
USNWR ranking98th (2023)[4]
Bar pass rate97.96%[5]
ABA profileABA Profile
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Saint Louis University School of Law, also known as SLU LAW, is a private American law school located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the professional graduate schools of Saint Louis University. The University hosted a law school briefly from 1843 to 1847, making it the first law school to open west of the Mississippi River and first Catholic law school in the United States. The current law school was established in 1908 with its current name.[6] The school has been ABA approved since 1924 and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Housed in Scott Hall, the law school has the highest enrollment of law students in Missouri[citation needed]. SLU Law has the highest bar passage rate in the state of Missouri[citation needed]. It offers both full- and part-time programs. The school is home to the University's Vincent C. Immel Law Library, one of the largest law libraries in the state of Missouri.[7] Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas studied for his bar exam at the old Omer Poos Law Library on the main SLU campus[citation needed].

It was the first ABA law school in St. Louis to accept African-American students. In 1908, the law school accepted its first female law students.[8] In the fall of 2013, the school moved to its current location, Scott Hall, a new facility in Downtown St. Louis.[9]

Degree programs

Most students are enrolled in the full-time J.D. program. SLU LAW has the only part-time J.D. program in St. Louis. The school also offers dual-degree programs and an LL.M in Health Law and an LL.M Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers.

Full-time program

During their first year, full-time students are required to take 15 hours per semester to complete the core courses . After the first year, full-time upper-division students select from more than 150 hours of upper-division course electives to complete the required 91 credit hours. Of the remaining 61 credit hours, only the following are required courses: 1) Legal Profession; 2) a seminar of the student's choice; 3) a humanities course and 4) a professional skills courses.

The evening program

There is an evening program with classes three to four nights a week; students in this program can earn their Juris Doctor degree in four to five years.


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Center for Health Law Studies

Since its establishment before 1990, the Center for Health Law Studies is consistently listed first in health law by U.S. News & World Report. . The center has eleven full-time faculty members who publish work in law, medicine and ethical journals. It offers a broad range of health law courses taught by full-time faculty, including foundational and specialized health law courses each semester.

Center for International and Comparative Law

The Center for International and Comparative Law promotes international legal scholarship in the law school. Faculty members teach pragmatic and theory based courses, such as public international law, international trade, multinational corporate responsibility, international tax, comparative law, immigration law, comparative criminal law, gender rights and international human rights. Speakers and practitioners are also invited to the school to discuss and teach. Students are eligible to earn a certificate from the center, as well as study abroad in Madrid, Berlin, Orléans, Paris, Bochum, and Cork. The center also has a Jessup Moot Court Team, which advanced on to the semi-final rounds of the Southwest Super Regionals in 2009 in Houston, Texas, and subsequently won third place for best brief overall.

Center for Employment Law

The center's extensive curriculum offers a range of courses addressing the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, including the prohibition of discrimination; establishment of collective bargaining relationships in the private and public sector; regulation of employee benefits, health and safety in the workplace; and arbitration and mediation of labor and employment disputes. To obtain a certificate in employment law, students complete 11 hours of approved coursework in the employment field and write a paper of publishable quality on an employment law topic in addition to receiving a J.D. degree. All students in the Certificate program take the basic law labor course. The Center enhances the students' exposure to critical issues in labor and employment law by presenting conferences that explore current significant topics in the field. Every year, the student-sponsored Employment Law Association and the Center offer a variety of extra-curricular programs for students .


SLU LAW professors and students annually provide more than 39,000 hours of free legal service, totaling an estimated $3.9 million, to the community through the School of Law's Legal Clinics and public service programs. The Legal Clinics offer SLU LAW upper division students practical experience while providing legal services to the community. Students are able to appear in court on cases under Missouri's Student Practice Rule. A full-time faculty member supervises the in-house students.

In-House Clinics



The school offers "concentrations" in business transaction law, civil litigation skills, criminal litigation skills, employment law, health law, intellectual property law, international & comparative law, taxation, and urban development, land use and environment law. Each of these concentrations has different requirements, allowing students to specialize their legal education.[10]


First-year students take four final examinations each semester, one for each class other than legal research and writing. All other students self-schedule their exams. Generally the exam period is two weeks long; graduating students are required to complete exams in a shorter time. Students may choose between typing their exams on laptop computers or handwriting them. As at most other law schools, exams are graded on a curve determined by the section.


The median LSAT score for the 2019 incoming class was 155. The median GPA was 3.45.[11]


12th Floor Rooftop at Scott Hall
12th Floor Rooftop at Scott Hall

SLU LAW is located in Scott Hall, a 12-story facility located at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. in downtown St. Louis.[9] The building contains classrooms, the law library, the school's administrative and faculty offices, event space, and a restaurant called "The Docket." The legal clinics are housed on the 7th floor of the building. The 12th floor, which was added to the building during renovations, is almost entirely glass, offering views of the surrounding downtown area from the courtroom and indoor/outdoor event areas. The school's downtown location puts it in close proximity to many law firms and city, state and federal courts.

Prior to Scott Hall, the law school was housed in three buildings on the main SLU campus in Midtown. Morrissey Hall housed the bulk of the law school, including the law library, four large lecture halls, faculty offices, and some administrative space. Queen's Daughters Hall is a historic building and housed the rest of the administrative offices and meeting rooms. The law school also had a separate clinic building located on Spring Street, one block from the main building. The clinic was renovated and enlarged in 2008.


In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Saint Louis University School of Law was ranked 82 in "Best Law Schools" list.[12] SLU's Center for Health Law Studies is ranked the No. 1 program in the country.[13] In the new 2012 category "When Lawyers Do the Grading," the School of Law was ranked 67 by recruiters and hiring partners at highly rated firms.[14]

Student publications

The school has three student-edited academic law journals:

The Saint Louis Brief is a publication about the law school that is distributed to alumni and supporters.

Students at one time published the 1843 Reporter, an independent student newspaper administered and funded without assistance from the school. It published bi-monthly and sought to foster a sense of community and on-campus dialogue, as well as provide an outlet for students wishing to publish in a non-journal forum. The school also previously published the Saint Louis University Public Law Review.

Student organizations

Saint Louis University School of Law has nearly 30 student organizations. The organizations' funding is distributed in part by the law school's student government, the Student Bar Association (SBA). Organizations include:


The Saint Louis University School of Law Class of 2017 reported a 92.14% employment rate for graduates employed in both full-time bar passage required (77.77% of graduates) and full-time JD advantage (14.37% of graduates) positions as of March 15, 2018.


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at SLU LAW for the 2014–2015 academic year is $59,608.[16] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $220,008.[17]

Notable faculty



Notable alumni

Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District

United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois

United States District Court, Central District of Illinois

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


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Coordinates: 38°38′16″N 90°14′13″W / 38.637683°N 90.237025°W / 38.637683; -90.237025