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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 lawadmissions@stmarytx.edu.

Catherine Casiano

Assistant Dean for Admissions
ccasiano@stmarytx.edu

Eddie Chavez

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
echavez10@stmarytx.edu

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.

Virtual session: Submitting Your Best Law School Application  Tuesday, September 21, 2021
 4 p.m CST
Virtual Specialty info Session: Personal Statements and Resume Tips  Thursday, September 23, 2021  4 p.m. CST
Virtual Info General Session  Thursday, September 30, 2021  4 p.m.  CST
Specialty Info Session: Crafting the Perfect Personal Statement & Resume  Thursday, Oct. 7
 4 p.m. CST
In-Person Open House: Tour St. Mary’s Law Campus, Mock Class, and Meet Admissions  Thursday, Oct. 16
 4 p.m. CST
General Info Session: Learn How to Apply to Law School   Thursday, Oct. 21
 4 p.m. CST

 

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

Event Date Time Regist
Texas Tech Fall 2021 Graduate & Professional School Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 8 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT https://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events/fall/gpsf.php
SWAPLA Webinar: Pro Tips for Attending LSAC Forums Wednesday, Sept. 8 3 p.m. CDT https://unt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdeqsrDstGdWETan-W52NZ2uF7QZcRczT
LSAC Digital Law School Forum Friday, Sept. 10 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Virtual event, hosted on LSAC.org.
HBCU Pre-Law Summit Friday, Sept. 17 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT
Virtual, hosted on www.hbcuprelawsummit.org
LSAC 2021 Law School Forum Saturday, Sept. 25 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST
Chicago, IL: register on LSAC.org
University of North Texas Graduate & Professional School Fair
Monday, Sept. 27 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
Denton, TX
Texas Woman’s University Graduate & Professional School Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 28 4 to 6 p.m. CDT
Denton, TX
University Texas at Arlington Grad School Expo
Wednesday, Sept. 29 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT
Arlington, TX: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/events/grad-school-expo
Austin College Grad & Professional School Day
Thursday, Sept. 30 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m. CDT
Sherman, TX: www.austincollege.edu/gps-registration
New Mexico State Graduate and Professional School Fair
Tuesday, Oct. 5 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
Virtual, via Handshake: https://oel.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/graduate-and-professional/
University of Texas at El Paso Graduate & Professionals Schools Fair Wednesday, Oct. 6 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT
El Paso, TX: https://www.utep.edu/student-affairs/careers/events/career-fair-calendar.html
LSAC 2021 Law School Forum Friday, Oct. 8 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT
San Francisco, CA: register on LSAC.org
UT Arlington Law Fair Monday, Oct. 11 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
Texas State Exploring Graduate and Professional Schools Fair Monday, Oct. 11 3 to 6 p.m. CDT
University of Texas at Dallas Pre Law Panel Tuesday, Oct. 12 Noon CDT
University of Texas Graduate School Fair Tuesday, Oct. 12 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
St. Edwards Professional & Grad School Fair Tuesday, Oct. 12 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. CDT
Huston-Tilotson University Virtual and In-person All-Major Fair Wednesday, Oct. 13 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
St. Mary’s Law Red Mass Thursday, Oct. 14 6 p.m. CDT
Law in the Lone Star State Law Admissions Panel Friday, Oct. 15 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT
Utah Assocation of Colleges Grad Fair Circuit Monday, Oct. 18 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
Utah Assocation of Colleges Grad Fair Circuit Tuesday, Oct. 19 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
Southern Utah University: Cedar City, UT
Utah Assocation of Colleges Grad Fair Circuit Wednesday, Oct. 20 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
Brigam Young University: Provo, UT
Utah Assocation of Colleges Grad Fair Circuit Thursday, Oct. 21 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT
Utah Valley University: Orem, UT
LSAC 2021 Law School Forum Friday, Oct. 22 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT
Atlanta, GA: register on LSAC.org
Schreiner Unviersity Graduate School Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 27 TBD
Kerrville, TX
Texas A&M University San Antonio Graduate & Professional Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 27 TBD
San Antonio, TX
Texas Lutheran University Graduate & Professional Fair
Thursday, Oct. 28 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT
Virtual
UTRGV Virtual Grad & Professional School Fair (300-500)
Thursday, Nov. 4 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
Virtual, via Handshake
LSAC 2021 Law School Forum
Saturday, Nov. 13 9 a.m. to 6 p.m PST
Los Angeles, CA: register on LSAC.org
LSAC Digital Law School Forum
Saturday, Dec. 4 3 to 7 p.m. EST
Virtual, hosted on LSAC.org

LSAC Digital Law School Forum

Saturday, Feb. 5 3 to 7 p.m. EST
Virtual, hosted on LSAC.org

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.