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University of St. Thomas School of Law LL.M. in U.S. Law




he University of St. Thomas School of Law offers academic excellence, a commitment to your individual professional and personal development, and a strong sense of community. Our LL.M. in U.S. Law prepares you to practice business law in a global context by providing you with an insider’s view of the U.S. legal system. The School of Law’s mission is to integrate faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice. To implement this mission, each member of the School of Law community is dedicated to promoting excellence in: ■■

Professional preparation


Scholarly engagement and societal reform


Service and community

Table of Contents Letter from the Dean. . . . . . . . . . . 4 LL.M. in U.S. Law – Basics . . . . . . 5 University of St. Thomas. . . . . . . . 6 Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Faculty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Twin Cities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 National Recognition. . . . . . . . . . 11 Admissions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . 12


Welcome to the University of St. Thomas School of Law


ur LL.M. degree in U.S. Law will help you succeed in international legal practice by teaching you U.S. law, with a focus on business law and an opportunity to experience the U.S. legal system from the inside. We will provide you with a strategic advantage that will equip you to work effectively in an increasingly inter­connected world. We are located in Minneapolis, home of many international corporations and a city praised for its healthy living environment.

As part of a university that has been educating students for nearly 130 years, we are an urban law school in Minneapolis, Minnesota – a major metropolitan area in the American Midwest known for its healthy living environment and active lifestyle. Our city is home to many international corporations and law firms. We offer learning experiences tailored to your individual interests.

Our program will pair you with an experienced lawyer to serve as your mentor and help you gain the experiences and insight you need to succeed. We will also give you the opportunity to participate in a business externship for academic credit with a company or law firm. We provide you a mentor and professional development opportunities because relationships are important to your legal training. Business clients expect lawyers not only to have command of different legal systems but also to grasp the social, political and cultural differences that affect international business transactions. They want lawyers who know the law but who also know how to deal with people. St. Thomas excels in both. You will become part of a strong law school community.

At the University of St. Thomas, we take community seriously. With our small class sizes and supportive network of mentors, you will be able to develop strong relationships with your classmates, professors and the U.S. legal community. These teamwork skills are essential to succeed in your international legal practice.


Our mission of educating the whole person is a key factor in our success.

Out of 200 American law schools, we have been ranked: • #1 for student quality of life (Princeton Review multiple years) • #1 for externships (National Jurist 2010, 2011 and 2013) • Top 10 for “Best Faculty” (Princeton Review 2011 and 2013) • #30 for greatest scholarly impact by faculty (Leiter Study 2012) We will be delighted to have you join us at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and we look forward to contributing to your personal and professional development. Robert K. Vischer Dean and Professor of Law

St. Thomas LL.M. in U.S. Law The LL.M. in U.S. Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law introduces foreign law graduates to the legal system of the United States and provides the opportunity to focus on particular areas of law, such as global and comparative law, intellectual property, business and corporate law, and others. The LL.M. in U.S. Law is especially attractive to lawyers who expect to work with U.S.-trained attorneys on international transactions or disputes that involve U.S. law and legal institutions. While you are enrolled in the LL.M. in U.S. Law program at St. Thomas you will be engaged in a community committed to excellence, highlighted by the following aspects: • Urban setting of Minneapolis, home of many international corporations • Catholic university with a long and rich history • Focus on each student’s professional and personal development • Award-winning mentor program • Strong faculty in business and international law • One year program of full-time study • Core courses in U.S. lawyering skills and externship • Wide selection of elective courses in many legal fields • Generous scholarships available for outstanding applicants For more details and to apply, visit


University of St. Thomas A beacon of higher education AS AN INTERNATIONAL BEACON of higher education and inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas is true to its mission – to educate students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good. In pursuit of that lofty mission, St. Thomas provides a rock-solid foundation of effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible community engagement at home and abroad. Archbishop John Ireland founded this school in 1885. Now, more than a century later, St. Thomas is the largest private university in Minnesota, a state rich in higher learning. With its main campus in St. Paul, the University of St. Thomas has locations in Minneapolis, southern Minnesota and Rome. More than 10,000 students attend the university. Since its recognition as a doctoral university, U.S. News and World Report has ranked St. Thomas in the top 125 national universities. 6

Academics The following are examples of courses that can help prepare you to practice business and corporate law in a global context. The relationships you develop with professors will help you as you explore different areas of study. For guidance on focused course work in other areas, such as criminal practice, dispute resolution and public interest law, see: academics/courses/subjectareas/. Business and Corporate Law in a Global Context

Accounting for Lawyers Administrative Law Advanced Corporations Antitrust Law Arbitration Law and Practice Banking Law Bankruptcy Business Associations Business Externship Business Planning Comparative Constitutional Law Corporate Finance Corporate Governance Credit and Payment Devices Employment Discrimination Employment Law Employment Law Practice Environmental Law Ethical Leadership in Corporate Practice Federal Income Taxation Immigration Law Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Litigation International Finance International Human Rights International Law International Law and Catholic Social Thought International Business Transactions Labor Law Law of Nonprofit Organizations Mergers and Acquisitions Negotiation Patent Law Pensions and Employee Benefits Sales Secured Transactions Securities Regulation Taxation of Business Enterprises Transactional Drafting 7

Faculty THE UNIQUE MISSION of the University of St. Thomas School of Law has drawn a faculty of distin­ guished teacher-scholars, many of whom have international connections in the legal field through their scholarship, studies and practice. Many UST Law faculty members are national leaders in their fields, publishing books and widely cited articles, litigating cases in courts from the U.S. Supreme Court to federal and state courts, testify­ing in Congress or state legisla­tures, or serving in capacities from law-reform commissions to Native American tribunals to nonprofit service organizations. At the same time, our faculty members embrace their role as teachers. They are acces­sible, engaged and deeply commit­ted to preparing students for a legal career. Faculty members consistently demonstrate their dedication by chal­lenging, encouraging and supporting students in their journey to integrate faith and reason in the search for truth.

Ann L. Bateson Associate Dean, Professor of Law, Director, Schoenecker Law Library J.D., University of Minnesota Law School M.A., Library Science, University of Minnesota B.A., College of St. Catherine

Rev. Daniel Griffith Distinguished Service Faculty J.D., William Mitchell College of Law M.A., Theology, University of St. Thomas M. Div., University of St. Thomas B.A., University of St. Thomas

Thomas C. Berg James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy J.D., University of Chicago Law School M.A., Religion, University of Chicago M.A., Philosophy and Politics, Oxford University B.S., Northwestern University

Neil W. Hamilton Professor of Law; Director, The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions J.D., University of Minnesota Law School M.A., Economics (Industrial Organi­ zations), University of Michigan B.A., Colorado College

René Bowser Associate Professor of Law LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center J.D., Stanford Law School M.A., Economics, Northwestern University B.A., University of Maryland College Park

Mariana Hernandez-Crespo Associate Professor of Law Founder and Executive Director, International Dispute Resolution Research Network J.D., Harvard Law School LL.M., Harvard Law School J.D., Universidad Catolica Andres Bello

Benjamin Carpenter Associate Professor of Law J.D., Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law B.A., University of Notre Dame Teresa S. Collett Professor of Law J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law B.A., University of Oklahoma Robert J. Delahunty Professor of Law J.D., Harvard Law School B.Phil., Oxford University B.A., Columbia University B.A., M.A. Oxford University

Educated both in Europe and the United States, Associate Professor Wulf Kaal is a leading expert on hedge fund regulation in the United States and the European Union. 8

Mitchell Gordon Associate Professor of Law and Director of Lawyering Skills J.D., University of Minnesota Law School M.A., Public Policy, University of Minnesota B.A., Tufts University

Thomas E. Holloran Senior Distinguished Fellow J.D., University of Minnesota Law School B.S., University of Minnesota Lyman Johnson Laurence and Jean LeJeune Distinguished Chair in Law J.D., University of Minnesota Law School B.A., Carleton College Thomas Joyce Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice LL.B., University of Notre Dame B.S., St. John’s University Wulf Kaal Associate Professor of Law LL.M., University of Illinois College of Law J.D., University of Illinois College of Law Ph.D. (Law and Economics), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin – Berlin, Germany M.B.A. (Finance), Durham University – Durham, U.K.

Associate Professor Mariana Hernandez-Crespo is the founder and executive director of the International Dispute Resolution Research Network, and a faculty member at the World Trade Institute. She has led projects in Latin America in the area of capacity building of conflict resolution, conflict transformation and cultural awareness with community leaders and educational institutions.

Robert A. Kahn Associate Professor of Law J.D., New York University Law School Ph.D., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University B.A., Columbia University Nekima V. Levy-Pounds Professor of Law J.D., University of Illinois College of Law B.A., University of Southern California Barbara Luppi Visiting Professor Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science Ph.D., University of Bologna M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science Laurea, University of Bologna Joel A. Nichols Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law J.D., Emory University School of Law M.Div., Emory University, Candler School of Theology B.A., Abilene Christian University Jerome M. Organ Professor of Law J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law B.A., Miami University Julie A. Oseid Professor of Law J.D., University of Minnesota Law School B.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth Mark Osler Professor of Law J.D., Yale Law School B.A., College of William and Mary Michael S. Paulsen Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law J.D., Yale Law School M.A., Yale Divinity School B.A., Northwestern University

Charles J. Reid Jr. Professor of Law J.D., Catholic University of America J.C.L., Catholic University of America Ph.D., History of Medieval Law, Cornell University B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Elizabeth R. Schiltz Professor of Law, Thomas J. Abood Research Scholar, and Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy J.D., Columbia Law School B.A., Yale University Henry Shea Senior Distinguished Fellow, School of Law; Fellow, The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions J.D., Harvard Law School B.S., Georgetown University Gregory C. Sisk Pio Cardinal Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law J.D., University of Washington Law School B.A., Montana State University Susan J. Stabile Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law and Professor of Law J.D., New York University School of Law B.A., Georgetown University Scott A. Taylor Professor of Law LL.M., New York University School of Law J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law M.A., English, University of New Mexico B.U.S., University of New Mexico

Artika R. Tyner Clinical Faculty J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law  Ed.D., University of St. Thomas M.A., University of St. Thomas B.A., Hamline University Robert K. Vischer Dean and Professor of Law J.D., Harvard Law School B.A., University of New Orleans Rev. D. Reginald Whitt, O.P. Professor of Law J.D., Duke Law School J.C.L., Catholic University of America J.C.D., Catholic University of America S.T.B., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception B.A., Loyola College, Maryland Virgil O. Wiebe Professor of Law LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center J.D., New York University School of Law M.Phil., Latin American Studies, Oxford University B.A., Kansas State University Jennifer L. Wright Professor of Law J.D., Stanford Law School B.A., Swarthmore College


Campus LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS, the five-level, 158,000-square-foot University of St. Thomas School of Law building has been described as “breath­ taking” by an American Bar Association site visit team and has received rave reviews for its beauty and its impressive design. Classrooms, faculty offices and student spaces are intermingled, a design that encourages interaction and cultivates the unique sense of community found at the School of Law. The law school building is part of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus, which also is home to graduate programs of the Opus College of Business, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, the School of Education and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. National Jurist magazine includes the University of St. Thomas School of Law on its list of schools that are “setting the pace in taking educational technology and communications as far as they can to help law students get a well-rounded education.” That includes modern technology in classrooms, the library, individual and group study areas and the moot courtroom. School of Law students on the Minneapolis campus are connected with the main St. Thomas campus (in St. Paul) via a free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes during the academic year.


The Twin Cities THE TWIN CITIES of Minneapolis and the nearby capital city of St. Paul make up the core of a metropolitan area with more than 3.5 million residents – the 13th largest in the United States. With a highly educated population, a diverse econ­omy, nationally renowned cultural institutions and the beauty of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” the Twin Cities area routinely ranks high on lists of the nation’s most livable communities. Home to a vibrant business community that features the Mall of America – the nation’s largest shopping and enter­tainment complex – as well as 19 of Fortune 500’s largest corporations, including: Target, Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, 3M and UnitedHealth Group, the Twin Cities is well positioned among the nation’s top metropolitan communities in business and industry. With its location in downtown Minneapolis, the School of Law is in the middle of the region’s lively legal community. The Twin Cities area rates highly for its wide range of leisure activi­ties – from an outstanding music and theater scene to a hometown professional team for every flavor of sports fan. As examples, the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association and Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball play their home games just blocks from the School of Law campus. For the more active types, there are nearly limitless recreational opportunities to enjoy. The area boasts 949 lakes – 22 lakes within the Minneapolis city limits alone – as well as extensive park systems, miles of bicycle and jogging trails and the beauty of the Mississippi River. The School of Law is connected with downtown Minneapolis via a skyway system that is unmatched by any North American city. The skyway includes 84 enclosed bridges that connect down­town buildings on the second level. Walking from one end of the system to the other, you can cover eight miles and pass hundreds of stores, dozens of restaurants and coffee shops, more than 1,500 apartments and condominiums and almost 200 million square feet of office space.

National Recognition Every year the Twin Cities are recognized nationally for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few recent rankings: • In 2013, Minneapolis was ranked one of the “Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013” by Travel + Leisure. • The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is the nation’s third best market according to Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals 2010 survey. • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Minnesota No. 4 on the list of bike-friendly states. • Men’s Journal magazine named Minneapolis one of the “Best Places to Live in 2010.” • The Twin Cities region is the sixth best sports town in America, by Nerd Wallet online. • The Twin Cities has been rated the most healthy and fit metro for the third year in a row, according to American Fitness Index. • Minneapolis is the sixth best “eco city” in the world according to Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Worldwide survey. • According to the Real Age Test, the Twin Cities is one of the youngest (in spirit) metros in the country (No. 6). • Minneapolis-St. Paul has been ranked the top metro area in the nation for volunteering four years straight by the Corporation for National and Community Service. • Minneapolis ranked fourth in Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways. • Minneapolis came in third in the 2010 Quality of Life report by

Admissions The UST Law admissions committee thoroughly reviews every application for its LL.M. in U.S. Law program to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of each prospective student.

For more information on the LL.M. application process, available scholarships for outstanding applicants, and answers to frequently asked questions related to foreign students enrolling in a U.S. university, visit

Engage with Us This publication may have given you a small peek at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and its LL.M. in U.S. Law, but the best way to understand and appreciate our unique community is to experience it firsthand. The School of Law offers a variety of engagement opportunities online and in person when visiting Minneapolis. Skype Appointments Meet admissions professionals, current students and administrators via Skype to learn more about the application process, career services, faculty, student life, areas of study, and more. • Skype name: ustlaw Admissions Blog Learn more about Life at UST Law by visiting our blog where students, faculty and staff write about their experiences at the University of St. Thomas. •

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LL.M. in U.S. Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law