School of Law 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX 78228 +1-210-436-3011 School of Lawlogo St. Mary's University
San Antonio's law school

Excellence in Education Justice the Law

St. Mary's Law has offered students great value for their legal educational experience since 1927.

J.D. students compete with the best

Students 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.

Rich history and culture

As the only law school in San Antonio and one of the few serving South Texas, St. Mary’s Law teaches more than the rules of law. We equip future lawyers with the skills to succeed and the values to lead in a more just world. 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.

Established in 1927, St. Mary’s Law provides comprehensive opportunities for legal education. We have several Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree options, which allow for concentrated focus on specific legal subjects, as well as degree programs for internationally trained attorneys seeking a better understanding of American and international legal systems. We also offer Texas’ first Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur.) degree, which educates non-attorney professionals about the legal system.

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.

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The Rattler softball team holds their NCAA Division II trophy high in celebration

School of Law Events

  • Feb 24
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Law Classrooms Building: People's Law School is a community event sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Association and the St. Mary's University School of Law.Free educational sessions will be provided to the public on common legal topics. Local attorneys will present their experiences in a series of classes held throughout the day. Presentations will be held every hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Schedule of Sessions9 a.m., General Session10 a.m.Medicaid Planning for Nursing Home or In-Home CareBankruptcy and ForeclosureProtect Yourself from ID Theft, Computer Scams and Collections11 a.m.Immigration Law: Recent and Proposed Changes (en Español and English)GuardianshipsWhat to Know if You're Getting Marries or DivorcedNoonSocial Security and SSI Disability BenefitsAuto AccidentsLandlord, Tenant and Evictions This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center for Legal and Social Justice at 210-431-5734.
  • Feb 26
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM - Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Law Alumni Room: Visit with JAG officers and recruiters from each of the military branches to learn more about internship opportunities and careers after law school in the military. RSVP in the Events section in CORE. Lunch will be provided.
  • Feb 27
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 6:50 PM to 8:00 PM - University Center, Conference Room C
  • Mar 3
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Law Classrooms Building, Room 105: St. Mary's University School of Law prospective students are invited to an open house. Students will meet with faculty and staff and learn about the various opportunities available to students in the program. Open House activities will include:Meet School of Law Dean Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D. and members of the law faculty and staff.Participate in a mock law school class.Take a guided tour of the beautiful St. Mary's University School of Law campus.Hear student perspectives about life as a law student.Parking is available in Lot D. RSVP today! For more information, contact Law Admissions at or 210-436-3523.
  • Mar 6
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 5:20 PM to 6:30 PM - University Center, Conference Room C
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St. Mary's University actively encourages community outreach, sending hundreds of volunteers into the community each semester


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.

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