The School of Law offers a robust selection of courses and seminars in diverse areas of the law that reflect a commitment to public service and professional ethics.

Students who have completed the first year core curriculum courses select courses ranging from traditional bar preparation classes to highly specialized legal topics to supervised clinical practice. SLU LAW also offers opportunities for students to participate in (and receive credit for) one of three student-run law journals as well as develop legal skills in areas such as appellate advocacy, trial practice and client counseling.

Pursue a Specialty

Saint Louis University School of Law’s programs are designed to prepare students for all aspects of law practice. Should you decide you would like to pursue a specialization in a particular area of law, SLU LAW is home to four concentration programs, including the nation’s premier health law program.

Putting Knowledge to Practice

Each semester, students can participate in field placements with practicing lawyers in the legal field of their interest.

Make a difference with a mentorship

Through courses like Youth in Government, law students have a chance to mentor St. Louis youth with programs aimed to encourage higher education opportunities and expose them to careers in law.

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The Office of the Registrar provides academic and enrollment services for School of Law students, alumni, faculty and staff. Check out what your schedule can look like. Learn more >

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Legal Research and Writing (LRW) introduces students to the fundamentals of the legal system, structure of law-making bodies and sources of law; provides hands-on experiences in using legal analysis, legal reasoning and legal advocacy to solve increasingly complicated legal problems; inculcates students in principles of clear and accurate expression; provides experience in drafting objective and persuasive forms of legal writing; and ensures that each student is proficient in performing basic legal research.

Legal Research and Writing (LRW) introduces students to the fundamentals of the legal system, structure of law-making bodies and sources of law; provides hands-on experiences in using legal analysis, legal reasoning and legal advocacy to solve increasingly complicated legal problems; inculcates students in principles of clear and accurate expression; provides experience in drafting objective and persuasive forms of legal writing; and ensures that each student is proficient in performing basic legal research.

Build on a Strong Foundation

The first-year curriculum for law school is meant to establish a foundation for legal learning. Incorporated into each semester is a set of bar foundational courses and practical skills training, such as Legal Research and Writing. Learn more >

1843 Scholars

Each year, 10 students are awarded a full-tuition scholarship, which includes annual tuition increases, for three years. Applicants are nominated by the School of Law to compete for the scholarship.

Combine Your J.D. Experience

SLU LAW offers 10 dual-degree programs, allowing students to gain two degrees in significantly less time. Learn more >

  • J.D./Master of Accounting
  • J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Health Care Ethics
  • J.D./Master of Business Administration
  • J.D./Master of Public Health-Health Management and Policy
    • J.D./Master of Health Administration
    • J.D./Master of Arts, Political Science and Public Affairs
    • J.D./Master of Social Work
    • J.D./Master of Arts in Sociology
    • J.D./Master of Science, Urban Planning & Development
    • J.D./Master of Arts, Women’s and Gender Studies

Be Part of a Nurturing Community

“It’s rare to have such accomplished professors who are also so willing to help students out, as well. … Even if I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the law when I started law school, SLU helped me figure that out and helped me figure out how to be a part of something bigger and help the community along the way.”

— Laura Beckering, J.D., Class of 2019

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The Academic Resource Center is designed to assist SLU LAW students with the support they need to be successful during law school and in their future legal careers.

Are you a freshman or sophomore looking to get a jump start on law school?

SLU LAW has partnered with select undergraduate institutions to provide a 3+3 program to students interested in pursuing their law degree. Through this program, students are eligible to apply to law school in their junior year. Learn more >

Beyond the Core

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The Psychology of Criminal Trials

Take a look at criminal trials through the eyes of a psychologist. This popular course is taught by Professor Molly Walker Wilson, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia.

Citizenship, Human Rights & Social Justice

In this seminar, you'll examine in global perspective how the legal framing of citizenship and human rights affects the attainment of social justice for minorities, immigrants and marginalized peoples. You'll engage constitutional law, case law, international declarations and scholarly research to probe in comparative perspective how nation-states have made social justice reachable or unattainable for its minority populations.

Emerging Health Technologies: Innovation, Law & Policy

From AI to vaccine development in the time of a pandemic, this course will take your through the law that impacts our latest developments.

Intellectual Property of Creative Businesses

In this seminar, you'll cover topics such as identifying and capturing IP at the business formation stage, protecting IP throughout the life of the company, including trade secret protection and regulatory compliance, and structuring new media deals in television, commercial production, YouTube channelization and digital media, and software app development.

Regulation of Vice

In this seminar you'll explore the history of vice regulation in the U.S., with topics including legal efforts to control prostitution, drugs, alcohol and gambling. Class readings will address causes and symptoms of vice, as well as persistent problems with vice control.

American Presidency

You'll explore presidential power in the 21st century and the historical contexts of that power, with emphasis on the president's enumerated constitutional powers and how they have evolved, especially in recent decades. Topics are adjusted during the semester to consider real-time controversies that arise over presidential power. This seminar is taught by Prof. Greg Willard, who served as personal aide to President Gerald R. Ford.

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From large firms to public service and everywhere in between, the possibilities are endless.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

SLU LAW offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid that can help make law school a possibility for everyone.

Begin Your Application

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