St. Mary's Law combines our tradition of excellence in legal education with new programs that prepare our students to practice law in a changing world.
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St. Mary’s teaches students the practical skills that enable them to become professional leaders and effective advocates of legal and social justice.
The St. Mary’s University 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 also accredited by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).
Founded in 1927, St. Mary’s Law has an active alumni network with more than 9,500 alums, spread across Texas and the nation, who serve as adjunct professors, student mentors and ambassadors for the school. More than 500 St. Mary’s graduates have served as elected or judicial officials. Learn more about the law school of San Antonio.
Along with full-time or part-time J.D. programs and a Master of Jurisprudence degree, the School of Law offers three flexible LL.M. degrees: International and Comparative Law, American Legal Studies and International Criminal Law. In cooperation with other departments of St. Mary’s University, several joint-degree programs are also available for law students, as well as an early admission program for exceptional St. Mary’s University undergraduate students.
St. Mary’s Law equips students with practical, real-world legal skills through our Advocacy Programs, Judicial Internships, the Center for Terrorism Law, our study abroad programs in both Austria, and China, and our Center for Legal and Social Justice, which includes our clinical programs in criminal, civil, and immigration and human rights law.
The faculty of St. Mary’s Law are renowned legal experts in specialties from business law to international law. Our professors pride themselves on being approachable and accessible for student learning and staff members help ensure your success throughout your legal studies.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student must be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:
- Legal drafting and writing
- Critical reading
- Legal analysis/critical thinking
- Public speaking
- Effective listening
- Legal research
- Litigation skills
- Applying canons of statutory interpretation
Student must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- sufficient substantive law to pass the bar exam and be proficient in a basic law practice
- the theoretical bases for and public policies of various types of substantive laws
- the relationship between substantive law and potential clients
Professionalism and Identity
Students must demonstrate knowledge of and practice:
- Legal ethics
Students must illustrate:
- Work ethic
- Time management and timely arrivals and submittals
- Email etiquette
- Ability to evolve with the future of law as the practice changes
Service and Justice
Students must recognize:
- Principles of justice
- Pro bono/community service
- Marianist principles
St. Mary’s School of Law offers two unique programs for international study: the Institute on World Legal Programs in Innsbruck, Austria; and the Institute on Chinese Law and Business. Both offer summer study abroad options for students at St. Mary’s and other law schools.
Your success is our mission. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs provides support for law students throughout their studies, from helping first-year law students develop basic law school skills to helping students prepare for the bar examination.
St. Mary’s Law is home to three law journals, The St. Mary’s Law Journal, The St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics and The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice.
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Sarita Kenedy East Law Library
A federal depository library, the collection consists of print, microfilm and multimedia items totaling more than 400,000 volumes covering a wide range of searchable subjects. The features large reading rooms and shelving spaces, computer labs, a Rare Book Room, the Law Alumni Room, the Law Commons, conference rooms, study carrels, media and instruction classrooms, and copy and printing centers.