Saint Louis University School of Law was founded in 1843, making it the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. In the last 175 years, the school has changed locations four times, expanded its curriculum, diversified its student body and adapted to changes in the legal world. Some dates of note:
1908: The School of Law admits five female students – the first women admitted to classes at the University.
1967: Juvenile Law Clinic formed with the then School of Social Service.
1969: Legal Clinics formed. For more than 40 years, the Legal Clinics have provided invaluable legal services to the greater St. Louis community, while providing a robust learning environment for students.
1982: Center for Health Law Studies is established, becoming one of the first law school programs to focus on the health care system and the legal system.
1987: The Center for Employment Law is established, becoming one of the first and few programs to offer students the opportunity to specialize in this area.
The School of Law’s rich history consists of strong connections to the community and a long tradition of public service. That’s a lot to be proud of.
As we celebrate 200 years of Saint Louis University today – and 175 years of SLU LAW – we invite you to honor the history and legacy of the school by making a gift to the Saint Louis University School of Law today. In honor of SLU Giving Day, alumnus Denny Donnelly has generously pledged to provide $5,000 once 50 gifts have been made to the school today.