So you want to be a lawyer? No matter your path to law school or your vision for your career as an attorney, you will find your home at Saint Louis University School of Law.
Founded in 1843, SLU LAW is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. The strength of the faculty, breadth of course offerings, and extensive clinical and professional skills experiences provide students with a well-rounded legal education.
The law school's home at Scott Hall is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis and offers students unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit agencies. The City of St. Louis Civil Courts Building and the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse are mere steps away — giving students a unique opportunity to see the law in action.
SLU LAW will challenge your intellect, develop your passion for the law, and help you build lifelong connections with the greater legal community.
See why SLU may be the perfect fit for you
Motivated by mission
Social justice is the cornerstone principle of a SLU LAW education. Our law school is a Jesuit institution, which means it takes a stand on behalf of the poor and marginalized. You will have tangible opportunities to see how the law can help real people in real situations and how you can play a unique part.
Whether you pursue a career in public service or hope to integrate pro bono work into your practice, you will learn how to do it here. Through courses, clinics, internships, fellowships and student-led volunteer opportunities, you will leave law school confident in your ability to make a difference.
Putting purpose into Practice
4 Legal Clinics Serving the Community
Civil Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic, Human Rights at Home Litigation Clinic
available to students working in unpaid or low paid public interest and public service work
Curriculum with Impact
Courses like "Removal Defense Project: Sheltering Vulnerable Immigrant Families & Children" and “Incarceration & St. Louis” provide unique opportunities to do the work.
School-wide Service Day
kicks off each new academic year, introducing law students to noteworthy local nonprofits.
hosted by SLU LAW welcome dozens of immigrants as they become American citizens.
Opportunities to Serve
with groups like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help low-income individuals prepare tax returns.
SLU LAW at a glance
Centers of Excellence
Part-Time program (day or evening)
Full-tuition scholarships awarded each year with the 1843 Scholars program
In-house Clinics, externships, judicial clerkships and public service programs offered through the Legal Clinics
Missouri Bar passage rate for first-time takers (July 2019)
Employment Rate for the Class of 2019
Undergraduate institutions represented in the entering Class of 2020
A top Legal Education
- Our health law program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 16 years, and our graduates are some of the most sought-after in the field.
- Pre-Law Magazine ranked our employment law program among the top three in the country in its first ranking of the field.
- In 2020, the American Bar Association (ABA) listed SLU LAW graduates in the top 15 nationwide for bar passage.
Recent student wins include our moot court team winning second place out of 158 teams in the New York Bar’s National Moot Court Competition, and one of our students taking first place in a national essay competition on employee benefits. From the classroom to the courtroom, our students excel.
Claire Mispagel , Class of 2018, says,
“SLU is special because of the ‘spirit’ that exists within our university community — something that makes us focus on serving others, getting involved in our communities, and having pride in our school. This spirit really sets SLU apart, and it’s the main reason I’ve been here for seven years and will always be proud to call myself a Billiken.”
See Scott Hall
Location, Location, Location
You will find these top firms, courthouses, city government and attractions within steps of Scott Hall
- Scott Hall
- Civil Courts Building - < 1 block
- Carnahan Courthouse - 1 block
- St. Louis City Hall - 2 block
- Stifel Theatre - 3 blocks
- Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse - 4 blocks
- Enterprise Center (St. Louis Blues) - 4 blocks
- Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District - 5 blocks
- Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals) - 6 blocks
- Old St. Louis County Courthouse - 7 blocks
- Gateway Arch - 10 blocks
Why I chose SLU LAW
SLU LAW is home to three centers of excellence, including the nation’s premier health law program.
With public service opportunities and a variety of student organizations, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the legal community.
Scott Hall is located 2 miles from the main SLU campus in the middle of exciting downtown St. Louis.