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J.D. Program

J.D. Program at St. Mary’s University School of Law

The Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D.) is required to practice law in most states. The J.D. degree is offered by American Bar Association (ABA) accredited schools like St. Mary’s School of Law, as well as some non-ABA-accredited institutions and some institutions in Canada.

To pursue a J.D. program, you must first have (or be nearing completion of) a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. Learn more about the J.D. application process.

After obtaining a J.D. degree, you’ll need to be admitted to the Bar of the state where you want to practice law. Each state sets its own rules for bar admission, but generally this includes a bar exam and a character evaluation. You can find out more about the requirements to practice law in the state of Texas at the Texas Board of Law Examiners website.

Meet the Admissions Team

As graduates of St. Mary’s Law, our admissions team understands you’ll have many questions about the J.D. admissions process and campus life. You can request more information about the law school, or contact us directly at

Catherine Casiano

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Eddie Chavez

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Join Us for a Virtual Session

Join our weekly information sessions covering the admissions process specific to the JD program at St. Mary’s Law. This informative 1-hour virtual session aims to answer commonly asked questions regarding choosing, applying, and becoming admitted to St. Mary’s School of Law. Ask questions in this live session hosted by the Office of Admissions. Check back on this page for future dates and times as they become available.

Find St. Mary’s J.D. Admissions Near You

Event Date Location
LSAC Law School Forum Saturday, September 24
Chicago, IL

LSAC Law School Forum

Saturday, October 1
Miami, FL
LSAC Law School Forum Friday, October 7
Atlanta, GA
JD Digital LSAC Law School Forum Saturday, October 22
LSAC Law School Forum Saturday, October 29
Los Angeles, CA
LSAC Law School Forum Saturday, November 5
Houston, TX
JD Digital LSAC Law School Forum Saturday, November 19
JD Digital LSAC Law School Forum
Friday, February 3, 2023

J.D. Program Options

St. Mary’s offers several ways to earn a J.D.:

Academic Requirements

Applicants may apply to either the full-time day program or a part-time evening program, but not to both. Admissions and graduation standards are the same for both J.D. programs.

All programs and offices, including the Clinical Program, are available to full-time daytime students as well as part-time evening students.

A candidate for the J.D. program must earn a minimum of 90 credit hours in order to graduate, or 91 credits hours for students who entered prior to Fall 2018. Students who entered law school in the Fall of 2019 or later must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher to graduate. For students who entered prior to that time, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to remain in good academic standing. Other curricular and academic requirements will apply. Those requirements are set forth in the St. Mary’s School of Law Student Handbook. Faculty may add additional requirements at any time.