The St. Mary’s Law Difference:

  • 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 Advocacy Program
Top 4 in nation
according to ABA

Students walk near the Barrett Memorial Bell Tower.

World-Class Faculty and Facilities

law courtroom

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.

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

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.

Civil clinic students stand in a courtroom

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
• Natl. Telecommunications & Technology Moot Court Competition 2019 – Semi-Finalist
• ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition 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
    • 2019 Regional Champions
    • 2018 Regional Champions
    • 2017 National Champions
    • 2016 National Champions
  • Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition:
    • 2018 National Champions
    • 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

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).

Innsbruck towers

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.

Government building in Guadalajara, México

Experience a legal and cultural spring break at the University of Guadalajara.

Great wall of China

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.

St. Mary’s offered to make it a university law school, with a stronger curriculum and a full-time faculty. The school officially became part of St. Mary’s University in 1934.

View of the ornate altar at Red Mass

Red Mass is one of many uniquely St. Mary’s annual traditions.

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.

The Wall Street Journal recognized St. Mary’s Law as among the nation’s best for post-law school, full-time employment data reported to the ABA.

The Law Success Program team stands in the Law Courtroom for the cover of the Fall 2017 Gold & Blue Law Edition Magazine.

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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