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About St. Mary’s Law

Our cutting-edge Law Success Program reflects our mission to equip future lawyers with the values to lead a more just world.

Our unique location in San Antonio, Texas, provides students with balmy weather, along with historic landmarks, world-class museums and extensive outdoor recreation opportunities.

We celebrate an annual Red Mass as the only Catholic law school in Texas. We welcome students of all faiths and uphold the Marianist tradition of hospitality, openness and the family spirit.


Law students worked more than 10,000 pro bono hours in 2020

Tuition about $12,000 less than average for private law schools

St. Mary’s Law Advocacy Program Top 4 in nation, according to ABA

World-Class Faculty and Facilities

Named a Best Value Private Law School by The National Jurist, the School of Law is a a state-of-the-art practice facility for advocacy programs and visiting courts that occasionally hear oral arguments on campus.

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.

The Sarita Kenedy East Law Library is the largest legal information center in San Antonio and the surrounding area with staff knowledgeable in legal research.

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 underrepresented 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.

2018-2019 National Team Finalists:
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2nd Team) 2019 – Semi-Finalist
FBA Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition 2019 – Finalist
Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship 2018, 2019 – Quarter-Finalist
National Telecommunications and Technology Moot Court Competition 2019 – Semi-Finalist
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2nd Team) 2019 – Semi-Finalist
National Sports Law Negotiation Competition 2019 – Finalist
Appellate Lawyers Association National Moot Court Competition 2018 – Finalist
South Texas Challenge Mock Trial Competition 2018 – Octo-Finalist
Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition 2018 – Quarter-Finalist

The National Team Legacy of Champions:

American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition William Daniel National Mock Trial Competition National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition
Regional Champions (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016)

National Champions
(2018, 2016, 2015)

Best Oral Advocate – Championship Round (2015)

Second Best Brief – Overall (2015)

National Champions (2015) National Champions (2015)  Best Brief (2015)

Study Abroad

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).

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.

Experience a legal and cultural spring break at the University of Guadalajara, widely regarded as a fundamental institution for the production of cultural, legal, scientific and technological advancements that support the development of the country.

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

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

For 90 years, St. Mary’s has attracted brilliant scholars to teach students who grew to lead in their communities, the state and the nation. Established in 1927, the original School of Law was a part-time school that met at night in the courthouse.

Strong Alumni Network

Graduates of St. Mary’s University 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.

Want to Learn More?

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

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