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

  • Sep 26
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Law Commons, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library: Join staff from the Office of Career Services and the Externship and Pro Bono Programs in the Law Commons for an afternoon snack, learn more about these programs, and get your questions answered.
  • Sep 26
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room: The St. Mary's University School of Law Office of Law Success will host a presentation on "How To Become a More Confident Public Speaker" on Tuesday, Sept. 26.Katherine Lehman-Meyer, St. Mary's University Director of Academic Media will give a presentation on using breathing exercises and incorporating relaxation techniques.Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Ileana Velazquez at ivelazquez@stmarytx.edu.
  • Sep 26
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM - Reinbolt Hall, Room 002: St. Mary's University faculty are invited to participate in one of the Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community. The seminars offer a collaborative opportunity for faculty members to gain a deeper understanding about each others' disciplines through seven weekly dialogue sessions each semester. These seminars are an important feature of St. Mary's commitment to promoting thinking across the disciplines and to advancing genuine conversation in community.The following seminars will take place during the semester. General Seminars will cover issues of common concern and the Core Seminar will be devoted to exploring Core Curriculum topics and the integrative mission of the Core.:Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community: General Seminar I Mondays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., weekly, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30 (no meeting on Oct. 9) Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community: General Seminar II (This set of seminar sessions is full and no longer accepting registrants.)Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., weekly, Sept. 12 to Oct. 31 (no meeting on Oct. 10)Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community: Core SeminarWednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., weekly, Sept. 13 to Nov. 1 (no meeting on Oct. 11) For more information, contact Glenn Hughes, Ph.D., at ghughes@stmarytx.edu to register.
  • Sep 27
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled All day event - University Center, Second Floor: The St. Mary's University School of Law will host the Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, whose topic is Religious Freedom, on Sept. 27 and 28.Wednesday, Sept. 279:20 a.m., Invocation9:25 a.m., Religious Freedom in Higher Education: Religious Expression at a Catholic University 10:20 a.m., Student Panel: Religious Life on Campus11:20 a.m., Community Panel: Religious Freedom in South Texas 2:30 p.m., Rosenfield Lecture: Religious Freedom in the Courts 4:15 p.m., Student Open Forum7 p.m., Lin Great Speakers Series Keynote Presentation Religious Freedom and the Universality of Human Rights: A Modernist Islamic PerspectiveThursday, Sept. 289:45 a.m., Judicial Panel: Faith, Religion and the Legal Profession 2:30 p.m., Lecture: Religious Freedom in an Era of Polarization 4:15 p.m., Student Open Forum7 p.m. Lin Great Speakers Series Keynote Presentation Constitutional Structures, Civic Virtue, and Political CultureThis program is meant to invoke dialogue and even debate, recognizing the value of critical thinking and healthy tension. The value of a Catholic, liberal arts education is to learn to engage, to think critically and creatively, to dialogue well, and to do so from a place of compassion and respect, rooted in love for one another and a desire to be agents of positive change in our world.For more information, please contact Greg Zlotnick at gzlotnick@stmarytx.edu.
  • Sep 27
    St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX EventScheduled 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM - Reinbolt Hall, Room 002: The St. Mary's University faculty is invited to participate in one of the Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community. The seminars offer a collaborative opportunity for faculty members to gain a deeper understanding about others' disciplines through seven weekly dialogue sessions each semester. The seminars are an important feature of St. Mary's commitment to promoting thinking across the disciplines and advancing genuine conversation in community.The following seminars will take place during the semester. General Seminars will cover issues of common concern and the Core Seminar will be devoted to exploring Core Curriculum topics and the integrative mission of the Core.Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community: General Seminar I Mondays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., weekly, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30 (no meeting on Oct. 9) Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community: General Seminar II (This set of seminar sessions is full and no longer accepting registrants)Faculty Seminars on Interdisciplinary Community: Core SeminarWednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., weekly, Sept. 13 to Nov. 1 (no meeting on Oct. 11)Contact Glenn Hughes, Ph.D., at ghughes@stmarytx.edu to register.
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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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