School of Law 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX 78228 +1-210-436-3011 School of Lawlogo St. Mary's University
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Front of School St. Lou hallIt takes a powerful curriculum. A personal touch. A diverse community of learners and distinguished mentors. A world-class international program and a nationally acclaimed advocacy program. And an extensive network of accomplished alumni.

At St. Mary’s University School of Law, our deep Catholic roots, our innovative instruction, and our location in one of the nation’s most vibrant cities will lead you on a powerful journey toward personal success in the practice of law.

We invite you to download our viewbook or watch a video to learn more about the St. Mary’s Law difference.

World-Class Faculty and Facilities

The St. Mary’s Law faculty includes nationally known subject-area experts, scholars and practitioners, some of whom have served as Fulbright Scholars as well as former United States Supreme Court and White House Clerks and Fellows.

Get to know our faculty and staff
Meet Dean Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D.

St. Mary’s University School of Law is a a state-of-the-art practice facility for the school’s advocacy programs as well as housing visiting courts that occasionally hear oral arguments on campus.

The Sarita Kenedy East Law Library is the largest legal information center in San Antonio and the surrounding area with a knowledgeable staff equipped to help students with their legal research needs.

The Center for Terrorism Law is a nationally recognized legal research center dedicated to the study of legal issues associated with anti-terrorism and counter terrorism.

Named a 2014 Best Value Private Law School by The National Jurist.

Top-Notch Clinical Programs

The Center for Legal and Social Justice is home to multiple clinical programs that offer students hands-on legal experience representing San Antonio’s indigent and disadvantaged citizens.

The clinical programs are the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Students partner with licensed attorneys to work with clients in need.

Law students serve the under-represented throughout the year in activities including spring break service trips, identity recovery and immigration outreach at San Antonio’s Haven for Hope, pro bono projects and monthly trips to underserved areas along the Texas-Mexico border.

Top Advocacy Competitors

Year after year, St. Mary’s law students excel in regional and national moot court and mock trial competitions.

Recent advocacy competition highlights

  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    • 2016 National Champions
  • Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition:
    • 2016 National Champions
    • 2015 National Champions, Best Oral Advocate (Championship Round), Second Best Brief (Overall)
  • William Daniel National Mock Trial Competition
    • 2015 National Champions
  • National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
    • 2015 Rocky Mountain Region Champions
  • National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition
    • 2015 Best Brief
  • Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition
    • 2014 State Champions, Best Oral Advocate, Best Brief
  • Hispanic National Bar Association: 19th Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition
    • 2014 Runner-up
  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition
    • 2014 Finalist
  • Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition
    • 2014 Finalist
  • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition
    • 2014 Regional Runner-up, Finalist (two teams)

Innovative International Programs

The Institute on World Legal Programs in Innsbruck, Austria, offers world-renowned instructors, often including United States Supreme Court justices or prominent international jurists, during the intensive summer program.

The Institute on Chinese Law and Business in Beijing, China, prepares students for the challenges of practicing in the expanding global marketplace and offers participants internship opportunities with Chinese law firms and industry.

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).

Distinctive Law Journals

The St. Mary’s Law Journal has achieved a high level of distinction over the past three decades. The student-led operation strives to publish articles of significant scholarly merit and practical use.

St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics is the only law review on the topic in the nation.

The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice strives to give all minorities a voice through the publication of a legal journal on issues affecting minorities.

Heritage and Tradition

The School of Law nurtures the Catholic and Marianist heritage through courses on canon law and the death penalty and an ongoing dialogue on Catholic Social Teachings in the law school experience.

With more than 30 active student organizations, law students can delve into their interests in a range of law specialty groups including the Federalist Society, the Restorative Justice Initiative, and the St. Thomas More Society.

Strong Alumni Network

Graduates of St. Mary’s University School of Law have become members of the United States Congress, governors and lieutenant governors nationwide, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, state legislators, members of the federal judiciary and leaders of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

Recognized by the Wall Street Journal as among the nation’s best for post-law school, full-time employment data reported to the ABA.



Interested in applying? For more information, contact Law School Admissions today.

Law School Admissions
St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228-8601
210-436-3523
Fax: 210-431-4202
lawadmissions@stmarytx.edu

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