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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School of Law Events

  • Feb 20
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 5:20 PM to 6:30 PM - University Center, Conference Room C
  • Feb 20
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, Movement Studio: This monthly meeting of the San Antonio Chapter of the Catholic organization Legatus will include speakers, Pat and Elizabeth Schiltz from the School of Law faculty at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Feb 21
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - See event description for event locations: Human Resources is providing a valuable opportunity to plan for your retirement with an educational workshop with Morgan Stanely. In addition, one-on-one sessions with Morgan stanela are available. All St. Mary's employees who participate in the Transamerica retirement plan, or who are interested in participating, are encourage to attend. SCHEDULE OF EVENTSEducational Workshop10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.University Center, Conference Room BFinancial advisers from Morgan Stanley will cover highlights of the Transamerica retirement plan and the easy-access Transamerica website, along with how to use your retirement benefits effectively.One-On-One Sessions 8 to 10 a.m.; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. University Center, Conference Room B or Noon to 2 p.m.; and 3 to 4 p.m. University Center, Conference Room CTo reserve a one-on-one appointment with Morgan Stanley, contact Human Resources at 210-436-3725 or
  • Feb 21
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Law Administration Building, Atrium: Join us for a small group discussion with local environmental and water law attorneys about their practices. Get your questions answered and grow your network in an informal networking reception. Please RSVP in the Events section in CORE.
  • Feb 23
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Norris Conference Center, Red Oak Ballroom A, 618 NW Loop 410 #207, San Antonio, TX 78216: The Scholar of St. Mary's University School of Law invites you to participate in this unique event dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless on Feb. 23.The focus of The Scholar's annual Immigration Symposium is on the practical aspects of immigration law and the current policy debates that surround the field. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of notable immigration attorneys, scholars, and judges on current issues within the field of immigration law in the United States. Major topics to be addressed at the symposium generally include the intersection of criminal law and immigration, asylum, family-based immigration practice, pathways to citizenship, employment-based immigration, employer sanctions, and the constitutional concerns associated with a state's ability to regulate immigration. It is our goal to provide a strong CLE for immigration practitioners and an engaging educational experience for current law students. The conference includes 6.5 CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics. For more information, please visit or contact Rigo Ledesma, Symposium Editor 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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