J.D. students compete with the bestStudents in our advocacy programs are national champions in moot court and mock trial competitions, including the 2016 and 2017 American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competitions, the 2016 Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition and the 2015 William Daniel National Mock Trial Competition. The St. Mary's Law Journal ranks as the top 4 percent most-cited law review in federal and state courts nationally and the top 3 percent most-cited law review in courts worldwide.
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Established in 1927, we are the only Catholic law school in Texas, and our mission is to graduate leaders in the law – advocates with the moral compass to make a difference and a commitment to service. For us, justice counts.
From Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees for concentrated focus or international attorneys, to Texas' first Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur) degree which educates non-attorney professionals, St. Mary’s Law provides comprehensive opportunities for legal education.
St. Mary's Law is accredited by both the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). The School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738. The School of Law is a member of the International Association of Law Schools and the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé.Explore St. Mary's Law
Outside the classroom, our students gain hands-on legal experience representing San Antonio’s indigent and disadvantaged citizens. J.D. students act as the attorney of record for clients in need through our Clinical Program housed in the Center for Legal and Social Justice. The Clinical Program includes three courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.
Students may also earn a Pro Bono and Public Service Certificate by volunteering their time through Pro Bono Program. Opportunities to assist disadvantaged individuals with legal issues include working at St. Mary's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site or volunteering with the ID Recovery Project at Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s largest homeless shelter.
Learn more about how we serve:Center for Legal and Social Justice