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

  • Jan 18
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 11:10 AM to 12:30 PM - Holy Rosary Parish, 159 Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, TX 78228: The Marianist Heritage Award, given each year since 1981, recognizes faithfulness to the Marianist heritage. It is expressed by an interest in the development of the Marianist charism through efforts at increasing knowledge and working for its transformation into practice in the University community. The Marianist Heritage Award is also an award for faithfulness to our Catholic heritage, shown by an active participation in liturgical celebrations, in the development of the local Christian community, and in service to the broader Christian community. It is an award for faithfulness in supporting and promoting the Catholic and Marianist educational mission and tradition at St. Mary’s University. 11:10 and 12:35 classes will be canceled to allow students and faculty to attend. The Marianist Heritage Awards Reception will follow the mass at the University Center, Conference Room A. For more information, contact University Ministry at 210-436-3213.
  • Jan 26
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM - Bexar County Courthouse, Historic Double Height Courtroom: The St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics is proud to host the 17th Annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice and Ethics. This event will provide six CLE ethics hours to practitioners. Papers from this symposium will be published in http://www.stmaryslawjournal.org/symposium. Parking: Available for special rate of $5; please email or note on registration if needed.A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact St. Mary's Law Journal on Malpractice and Ethics at jlegalmalethics@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3525.
  • Jan 29
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM - University Center, Conference Room A: President Tom Mengler invites all faculty and staff to a presentation and discussion about St. Mary's Universisty's Defining Moment Comprehensive Campaign, which was announced to the public on Friday, Nov. 17. The $130 million campaign's scope will advance all of the University's strategic priorities. To date, St. Mary's has raised $104,872,000, or more than 80 percent of the campaign goal.A wine and cheese reception from 4:15 to 5 p.m. will follow.in the University Center Foyer.
  • Jan 30
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Reinbolt Hall, Assumption Chapel: Did Jesus really mean for us to be good for this long?The Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture Series presents Professor Laurie Brink, O.P., Ph.D., who will explore whether Jesus' words were intended to apply for more than 2,000 years, as we continue to wait for The Second Coming. How are we to live until Jesus comes again? How do we interpret His mandates in today's world? Brink, who teaches New Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will offer two presentations of her talk, Interpreting Gospel Ethics in an Age of Polarization, on Jan. 30 at St. Mary's and Jan. 31 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, adjacent to the University. This lecture series is made possible by a gift from Distinguished Alumnus Ruben Escobedo (B.B.A. '60) and his wife, Veronica Salazar Escobedo.Programs linked to The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition have a central theme of "Let There Be Light" because we believe the Bible leads to enlightenment and strengthens faith for all who witness it.All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert O'Connor, Ph.D., at roconnor@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3799 or 210-436-3213.
  • Jan 31
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Holy Rosary Catholic Church: Did Jesus really mean for us to be good for this long?The Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture Series presents Professor Laurie Brink, O.P., Ph.D., who will explore whether Jesus' words were intended to apply for more than 2,000 years, as we continue to wait for The Second Coming. How are we to live until Jesus comes again? How do we interpret His mandates in today's world? Brink, who teaches New Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will present her talk, Interpreting Gospel Ethics in an Age of Polarization, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 159 Camino Santa Maria, adjacent to the St. Mary's University campus.This lecture series is made possible by a gift from Distinguished Alumnus Ruben Escobedo (B.B.A. '60) and his wife, Veronica Salazar Escobedo.Programs linked to The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition have a central theme of "Let There Be Light" because we believe the Bible leads to enlightenment and strengthens faith for all who witness it.All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert O'Connor, Ph.D., at roconnor@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3799 or 210-436-3213.
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St. Mary's University actively encourages community outreach, sending hundreds of volunteers into the community each semester

Outreach

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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