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 International Academy of Comparative Law (Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé).

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School of Law Events

  • Aug 24
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 11:10 AM - Holy Rosary Church: University Ministry invites the St. Mary's campus to pray for wisdom and understanding at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio, will join the University community as main celebrant during this opening of school tradition. The Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, and the Rev. John Thompson, S.M., Pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, along with other priests from the Society of Mary, will concelebrate the Mass. Holy Rosary Church11:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. undergraduate classes will not be held to allow for participation in the Mass. For more information, contact Denise Pacheco at or 210-436-3213.
  • Aug 24
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway St., Suite 300: Please join the St. Mary's University School of Law for the San Antonio Alumni Social on Aug. 24 at Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway St., Suite 300.Come catch up with your fellow St. Mary's Law alumni, hear from Dean Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., and mingle with members of the law faculty.Business attire.For additional information, contact Collanne Bramblett West at or 210-436-3774.
  • Aug 25
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM - See event description for locations: Join us for our inaugural giving day and become part of the community. Show your support for the St. Mary's community and spirit by becoming a member and attending our True Blue Founders Day events.SCHEDULE OF EVENTSTrue Blue Kickoff 8 a.m., in front of St. Louis HallFounders Day Celebration 11:10 a.m., in front of St. Louis HallFun in the Café Noon to 1:30 p.m., Diamondback CaféStop by the Diamondback Café for funnel cakes and churros and meet the University Advancement staff. Sponsored by University Advancement and Aramark.True Blue Gratefulness Noon to 3 p.m., University CenterTell us why you're grateful for St. Mary's and we'll post your message outside of the University Center. Sponsored by Rattlers Give BackTrue Blue Family Fun 6 to 9 p.m., Pecan GroveJoin us for an evening of family-friendly activities, such as face painting, games, a bounce house and more. Purchase boxed meals for $5 per person. Boxed meal options will include: hamburger, hot dog, sausage wrap with chips, drink and dessertTrue Blue Night Out 9 to 11 p.m., Alkek PlazaTrue Blue events conclude with food trucks, games and live music. Don't forget to use #BeTrueBlue to show your support. Sponsored by University Advancement, Student Development and the St. Mary's University Alumni Association.
  • Aug 28
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Law Administration Building, Atrium: The St. Mary's University School of Law will host orientation for new law student members of the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court on Aug. 28.The orientation will include introduction, presentation of the Inn of Court and a social.As the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Judge William S. Sessions enthusiastically endorsed the mission of the American Inns of Court. Formerly the San Antonio American Inn of Court, the Inn changed its name to William S. Sessions American Inn of Court in honor of the 1987 appointment of Sessions to the position of Chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For more information, contact the Law Dean's Office at
  • Aug 29
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Law Administration Building, Atrium: The St. Mary's School of Office of Law Success will host a Brown Bag presentation "What's in your Bag" on Aug. 29.Come and learn tips on how to maintain your health, good eating habits under stressful times. For more information, contact Ileana Velazquez at
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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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