The Center for Legal and Social Justice is a former retreat house of the Marianist Sisters, located less than one mile from main campus. In 1996, it became part of St. Mary’s University, and now houses the St. Mary’s Clinical Program, the Pro Bono Program and the Practice Credit Program.
Students enrolled in Clinical Program courses can earn academic credit while they gain real-world lawyering skills by acting as the attorney of record for income-qualified clients. Second- and third-year law students participate in the Clinical Program by applying for one of three for-credit courses: Civil Justice Clinic, the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic or the Criminal Justice Clinic.
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Law students may also volunteer their time through Pro Bono Program opportunities assisting disadvantaged individuals with legal issues. Students may perform important legal work and gain a better understanding of the legal processes while helping those in need through opportunities, such as those with the ID Recovery Project at Haven for Hope and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Students who meet certain criteria may be awarded a Pro Bono and Public Service Certificate during their graduation ceremony.
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Two Practice Credit Program options, the Independent Study Program and Externship Program, allow law students to earn credit while working at a nonprofit or government agency. Second- and third- year law students can earn academic credit for practical work experience and deepen their understanding of knowledge gained in the classroom and its connection to work experiences.
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Center for Legal and Social Justice
2507 NW 36th St.
San Antonio, Texas 78228