Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:15

Assumption Partnership to Offer Bachelor’s and Law Degrees in Six Years With Guaranteed Scholarships

Assumption College has  announced a new agreement that enables students to obtain an undergraduate and law degree in just six years with the guarantee of partial, or full, law school scholarships.

Students who enroll in this new program will attend Assumption College for the first three years, then complete their senior year at the Minneapolis-based University of St. Thomas School of Law as first-year law students. Those courses taken during the student’s first year at the University will transfer back to Assumption to fulfill requirements for an undergraduate degree, as well as count toward the law degree.

As part of the partnership, St. Thomas has agreed to offer scholarships to all Assumption students who are accepted for admission to the law school, which will range from 20-percent to full-tuition awards. Scholarships are based on a student’s academic record, diversity, strength of law school application and the potential of the student to make meaningful contributions to the University.

“Assumption College is pleased to affiliate with the University of St. Thomas School of Law based upon the strength of its curriculum; emphasis on the education of the whole person; the institution’s integration of faith and reason; and a curriculum that focuses upon the values of morality and social justice,” said Louise Carroll Keeley, provost and academic vice president of Assumption College. “These characteristics are consistent with Assumption’s mission and we are confident that those who take advantage of this partnership will thrive. This opportunity will provide Assumption students with the opportunity to accelerate their law degree program while realizing considerable cost savings.”

St. Thomas law students can choose from a number of areas upon which to focus their study. These include: business and corporate law; civil litigation and dispute resolution; criminal law; global and comparative law; public interest and social justice; and organizational ethics and compliance, among others.

A number of independent ranking organizations have lauded the St. Thomas law school program: PreLaw Magazine ranks the school number one for externships; The Princeton Review ranks the school eighth in the nation for best professors and fifth for quality of student life; and The National Jurist ranks the university second in the nation for practical training. U.S. News and World Report ranks St. Thomas law school’s clinical program number 30 in the nation.

An extension of the personal attention students receive from faculty at Assumption, students pursuing a law degree at St. Thomas law school are paired with a mentor through the school’s award-winning Mentor Externship Program. St. Thomas law school graduates go on to secure judicial clerkships, go into private practice, and gain employment with public interest organizations, state and federal governments, and businesses.

“St. Thomas law school strives to empower each student to develop the professional and ethical values vital to long-term success in the legal profession,” said Robert K. Vischer, dean and Mengler Chair in Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law. “Consistent with our mission — which compels us to integrate faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice — we are compelled as a law school to expand access to legal education as part of a greater effort to expand access to justice in communities nationwide.”

St. Thomas law school is a private, Catholic, American Bar Association-accredited law school that offers an innovative curriculum emphasizing professional formation and education of the whole person. The university offers four law degrees (Juris Doctor, M.S.L. in Organizational Ethics and Compliance, LL.M. in Organizational Ethics and Compliance (offered both in-person and online), and LL.M. in U.S. Law) and four joint degrees (J.D./LL.M. Organizational Ethics and Compliance, J.D./M.B.A. Business Administration, J.D./M.S.W. Social Work and J.D./M.A. Catholic Studies). 

Students interested in this program should contact Professor Carl Keyes at the start of their first year.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews