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I would hope that you are talking undergrad here.  St. Thomas looks like it will be a decent law school but that doesn't mean it can hold a candle to UMN especially before its even approved.  St. Thomas is a REGIONAL school, UMN is a NATIONAL school.  

Megan - I made no such claim. In fact I said that StThomas is a school with regional pull ("expect to stay in Minneapolis"). StThomas will most likely be fully ABA approved at the end of the current semester. If we are talking about a graduate who is willing to stay in the Twin Cities for a few years after graduation then attending Uminn doesn't necessarily confer the same advantage.

To answer both you and jvan2619 - I have spoken to a recent Uminn grad and a few current 2L's. Both commented favorably on the knowledge of StThomas students. They were favorably competing for some of the same jobs at medium to large size firms in the area. I have NO idea who got hired where but it was clear that employers in the area have a positive attitude towards StThomas students.

I do not dispute that you will have more opportunities if you attend UMinn (no doubt in fact).William Mitchell also appears to have a strong alumni network (its graduates do well in the area). I am less certain about Hamline (simply do not know much about the school). With all that said, I am of the opinion that you really make your own bed, so to speak. Whereever I end up I will have to make opportunities happen for myself.

Oingo

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Thank you for starting this thread!

I will probably attend StThomas this Fall. I visited campus two weeks ago (during Minneapolis's recent warm spell) and I came away impressed. You need to know that the school is VERY WELL regarded in the area. Their graduates compare favorably to UMinn grads. I met with two Uminn students (one just finished his JD/MBA) and both said that the schools graduates do very well in the Minneapolis/StPaul area. Don't read into the whole Martindale thing too much - most if not all the top firms in the state interview StThomas grads. Just realize what you already know - StThomas is a school with regional pull - expect to stay in Minnesota for a few years after graduation (although they do have grads working in 10 or so other states - including Wisconsin).

You ARE NOT relegated to a career in public interest work although a big part of the StThomas mission is to serve the public welfare (as students you are expected to do 50 hours of "pro bono" work a year - most do more).

It all comes down to determining which school is a better fit. Although I applied to Hamline and William Mitchell, the yes from StThomas was enough to make me strongly consider moving the wife and dog to the Twin Cities. I haven't heard from WM or Hamline yet (I expect to any day now). I do not think an acceptance from either of them will hold much sway at this point. I will agree with others and say that WM sure is in a purty part of StPaul though :)

I got the real sense that the students enjoyed being there and the professors enjoyed teaching. I attended a Constitutional Law and a Property Law class - most students were volunteering answers in Con Law. The Prop Law class was full Socrates - I watched someone get flushed for 20 mins - gentle flushing though :)

Oingo

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