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Saint Louis University School of Law

Established 1843
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic - Jesuit
Dean Sandra H. Johnson (Interim)
Admin. staff 84
USNWR ranking = tier 3
Students 945
Location Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Campus Urban

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. Opened in 1843, it is the first law school west of the Mississippi River. The school has been ABA approved since 1924 and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Housed in Morrissey Hall, the law school has the highest enrollment of law students in Missouri. It offers both full- and part-time programs. The school is also home to the Omer Poos Law Library, which is one of the largest law libraries in the state of Missouri.
The current interim dean is Sandra H. Johnson.

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.

Full-time program
During their first year, full-time students are required to take 15 hours per semester to complete the core courses (torts, contracts, civil procedure, property, constitutional law I, criminal law, and legal research and writing). After the first year, full-time upper-division students are required to take a seminar, a humanities course, a professional skills course and Legal Profession. Students select from more than 150 hours of upper-division course electives to complete the required 91 credit hours.

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.
Dual-degree programs
J.D./Master of Business Administration with the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business
J.D./Master of Health Care Administration
J.D./Master of Arts in Public Administration
J.D./Master of Arts in Urban Affairs
J.D./Master of Public Health
J.D./Master of Public Health - Health Policy
J.D./Master of Social Work with the Saint Louis University School of Social Work
J.D./Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics.

Academics -


Center for Health Law Studies

Since its establishment before 1990, the Center for Health Law Studies is constantly listed first in health law by U.S. News & World Report. St. Louis, home to Barnes Hospital carries out medical and biotechnology research. The Center has 11 full-time faculty members who publish work in law, medicine and ethical journals.
The Center offers a broad range of health law courses trained by full-time faculty, including foundational and specialized health law courses each semester.

Center for International and Comparative Law

The Center for International & Comparative Law promotes international legal scholarship within the law school. Faculty members teach realistic and theory based courses, such as public international law, international trade, multinational corporate liability, 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 converse and teach. Students are qualified to earn a certificate from the Center, as well as study overseas 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 then won third place for best brief overall.

Center for Employment Law
The law school's employment law center was founded in 1987 and is paired with a certificate in employment law.

The School of Law provides various opportunities for students to practice law while still in school through its clinical programs. Students represent clients in court, accuse criminal cases and serve as clerks for judges. They work in corporate offices and handle real estate matters. They can work for Habitat for Humanity, represent children and adults in family court matters, help the homeless and aged & participate in a diversity of other legal experiences. Students learn how the law is applied in various contexts, gaining practical knowledge while providing legal service to low-income families, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Students earn academic credit in all of the clinical offerings at the law school.

In-house clinic
Students represent abused children in juvenile court, litigate fair housing cases in federal court, conduct real estate closings for Habitat for Humanity or draft a will for elderly clients. Students are capable to come out in court on cases under Missouri's Student Practice Rule. A full-time faculty member supervises the in-house students.

Judicial process clinic

In this clinic students spend a semester clerking for a federal or state judge either in Missouri or Illinois. Students carry out legal research and analysis, help to draft orders and opinions and observe hearings and trials in the courtroom.

Criminal public defender clinic
Students represent indigent criminal defendants while working in the St. Louis City Public Defender's Office through their spring semester. Students assist on felony cases and, under student practice rules, can handle misdemeanor trials, juvenile hearings & preliminary hearings and motions. Students in this clinic enroll in the Advanced Criminal Procedure course, which uses replication to give students the experience of the entire trial process from arrest to sentencing.

The school offers "concentrations" in business transaction law, civil litigation skills, criminal litigation skills, taxation, and urban development, land use & environment law. Each of these concentrations has dissimilar requirements, and the course of study is much more detailed and focused than the certificates.


First-year students take four final examinations each semester, one for each class other than legal research & writing. All other students self-schedule their exams. Usually the exam period is two weeks long; graduating students are requisite to entire exams in a shorter time. Students may choose among 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 undergraduate G.P.A. for the fall 2010 entering class was 3.44. The average LSAT score was 156. Over the last five years, an average of 92% of students were employed within nine months of graduation.


The law school is housed in 3 buildings. Morrissey Hall houses 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 houses the rest of the administrative offices and meeting rooms. The law school also has a separate clinic building located on Spring Street, one block from the main building. The clinic was renovated and enlarged in 2008.

New building
Plans for a new building were postponed indefinitely after the financial crisis of 2007–2010.


In its 2010 publication, U.S. News & World Report ranked SLU Law 94th among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools". In the 2011 issue, SLU Law dropped to the third tier in those rankings.
For the seventh consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report in 2010 ranked Saint Louis University's health law as the top US school for healthcare law.

Student publications

The school has three student-edited academic law journals:
Saint Louis University Law Journal - The Journal is SLU Law's oldest and largest law journal at SLU Law. It publishes four times a year. The Journal hosts a spring symposium and the fall Childress Lecture, named for a former dean of the law school.
Saint Louis University Public Law Review - Public Law Review is a specialty journal focusing on public interest issues. It publishes twice a year and hosts an annual spring symposium.
Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy - The Journal of Health Law and Policy is another specialty journal that is paired with the law school's health law center. It publishes twice a year and hosts a spring health law symposium together with the center.
The Saint Louis Brief is a publication about the law school that is distributing to alumni and supporters.

Student organizations

The law school has several student organizations. The organizations' funding is distributing in part by the law school's student government, the student bar association.
American Constitution Society
American Trial Lawyers Association
Animal Law
A Real Community Here (ARCH)
Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
Black Law Students' Association (BLSA)
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Law Society
Employment Law Association
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
Federalist Society
Health Law Association
Hispanic Law Student Association
International Law Students' Association (ILSA)
Jewish Legal Society
Older Wiser Law Students
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
Phi Delta Phi
Public Interest Law Group (PILG)
Sports and Entertainment Law Association
St. Thomas More Society
Student Intellectual Property Law Association
Student Legal Writers' Association
Veteran's Law Student Association
Women Law Students' Association

Notable faculty

Sandra H. Johnson, current interim Dean, health law
Thomas L. Greaney, current, health law
Nicolas P. Terry, current, health law
Joel K. Goldstein, current, constitutional law, specialist in the Vice Presidency of the United States
Stephen C. Thaman, current, comparative criminal law
Isaak Dore, current, international law
Ann M. Scarlett, current, former clerk of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Hon. Michael A. Wolff (1975–1998, current Judge on the Missouri Supreme Court) [13]
Hauwa Ibrahim (Fall 2006)
Thomas Eagleton, visiting faculty (2005–2006)
Joseph J. Simeone (1947–1972)
Hon. Theodore McMillian (1952–1972)
Richard J. Childress, former Dean 1969-1976
Alphonse G. Eberle, former Dean
Paul Blakwell, former Dean
J. Norman McDonough, former Dean 1953-1961
Charles B. Blackmar (1966–1982)
Eileen H. Searls
Vincent C. Immel (1958–2004), former Dean
John F.T. Murray, former Dean
Stanislaw Frankowski
Donald B. King

Notable alumni

Eric Barnhart, 1999 - Chair, Missouri Public Defender Commission, 2006-2011 (term as Commissioner)
Freeman Bosley, Jr., 1979) - former Mayor of the City of St. Louis (1993–1997)
Jack Buechner
Tom Burke, 1981, 2008 President-elect Missouri Bar
Ben Dogra, Sports agent
Richard Dooling
Lowe Finney, Tennessee State Senator
Mary Fox, 1980 - current District Defender, City of St. Louis (2007–present)
Michael R. Gibbons - Current President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate
William R. Haine
Robert E. Hannegan, LL.B. 1925 [14]
Connie L. Johnson, 1996 - MO State Representative
Robert P. McCulloch, 1977 - current Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County, Missouri
David Merrick
John M. Nations - 1988 - current Major of the City of Chesterfield, Missouri (2001–present)
Laura O'Sullivan - current District Defender, St. Louis County (2007–present)
Hon.Dorothy A. Robinson, 1967 -Superior Court Judge, Cobb County, Georgia
Francis G. Slay, 1980 - current Mayor of the City of St. Louis (2001–present)
Joyce Slocum - Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel (NPR)
John B. Sullivan
Joseph P. Teasdale - former Governor of Missouri
Buzz Westfall
Wyvetter H. Younge
Ben Ysursa, 1974 - current Idaho Secretary of State
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Hon. Nannette Baker, 1984
Hon. Walter Bennick
Hon. Kathianne Knaup Crane
Hon. Robert G. Dowd, Sr.
Hon. Carl R. Gaertner, 1948
Hon. Theodore McMillian, 1949
Hon. Paul J. Simon
Hon. Robert O. Snyder
Hon. Albert J. Stephan, Jr.
Hon. Joseph Stewart
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Hon. Henry Edward Autrey, 1977
Hon. Clyde S. Jr Cahill, 1951
Hon. Edward Louis Filippine, 1957
Hon. Donald J. Stohr, 1958

United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Hon. Omer Poos
Hon. Michael Joseph Reagan
Hon. William D. Stiehl
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
Hon. Michael P. McCuskey
Hon. Michael M. Mihm
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Hon. Theodore McMillian, 1949

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