Applying to the J.D. Program
The J.D. Application Process
The Faculty Admissions Committee of St. Mary’s University School of Law seeks each year to invest the School’s resources in enrolling a first-year class which will not only benefit the legal profession and society, but also create an intellectually stimulating student body at St. Mary’s composed of people from diverse backgrounds who share a desire for academic excellence and accomplishment in the practice of law.
To that end, evidence of academic ability is of primary importance in consideration of each applicant. In addition, the applicant’s LSAT score provides the Committee with important information about academic potential and how well prepared the applicant is for law school.
But the Committee also considers additional factors which provide evidence of qualities in the applicant such as leadership ability, maturity, ethical integrity, organizational skills, knowledge of other languages and cultures, a history of overcoming disadvantage, public-interest accomplishments, success in a previous career and a realistic understanding of the study and practice of law.
An applicant’s personal statement submitted with their application and letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant well are instrumental in furnishing the Committee with this evidence.
The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications that include having received the CAS Report and LSAT score in November. Completed applications are reviewed continually from that date on, and applicants are notified of any action taken on their application in writing.
The Committee may decide to admit an applicant, deny an applicant or defer a decision until a later date. Deferring a decision on an applicant may result in that individual’s application being placed “on hold” to await the final decisions on the entire applicant pool, but most candidates receive decisions on their application by May.
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To apply with a paper application, print the J.D. Application 2018 PDF and mail the completed application to St. Mary’s School of Law.
The St. Mary’s University School of Law Application for Admission must have each question answered fully. If additional space is needed for any question, please use separate sheet(s) and reference your response. Résumés may be submitted, but all questions on the application must still be answered.
Any changes in application information after initial submission should be addressed in writing to the St. Mary’s Law School Office of Admission.
Law School Admissions
St. Mary’s University
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San Antonio, Texas 78228-8601
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September 16 Applications begin to be received
November Application review process begins
April 1 For those already admitted, a non-refundable $300 seat deposit is required. (Additional admittees pay the seat deposit two weeks after they are notified of their acceptance to St. Mary’s University School of Law.) Financial aid application deadline
May Month by which most remaining applicants receive decisions
June Admitted students submit a $500 tuition deposit
Mid-July Schedules are mailed
Late August Registration and mandatory Orientation Tuition must be paid in full Classes begin
LSAT Examination Dates LSAT exams are given in June, September or October, December and February. The exact dates and locations can be obtained by contacting Law Services or by phone at 215-968-1001. All applicants, day and evening, should take the LSAT by February of the year in which they wish to enroll.
Completing Your Law School Application
The St. Mary’s University School of Law Application for Admission must have each question answered fully. If additional space is needed for any question, please use separate sheets and reference your response. Resumes may be submitted, but all questions on the application must still be answered. All applications must be signed and dated. Any changes in application information after its initial submission should be addressed in writing to the St. Mary’s Law School Office of Admission. You can download the J.D. Application 2018 PDF or apply online.
Letters of Recommendation
Just as the applicant’s personal statement is an important tool in providing the Admissions Committee with valuable information on the applicant’s candidacy, letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant well provide valuable insight which is helpful to the Committee. Therefore, letters of recommendation are highly recommended. Your CAS subscription includes the opportunity for you to have up to three letters of recommendation submitted to them and then sent to St. Mary’s with your completed CAS Report. If you are currently in school, or have only been out of school for one year, you should submit at least one scholastic letter of recommendation. In addition to receiving letters of recommendation through CAS, additional letters can be accepted directly from recommenders by the St. Mary’s Law School Office of Admissions.
Interviews are not part of the application process, but applicants are encouraged to visit our campus. Individual and small group visits and tours, as well as the opportunity to observe a regular class, can be arranged. Please call the Admissions Office toll free at 210-436-3523 for more information on these opportunities.
St. Mary’s accepts applications for admission after Sept. 16. Outstanding early applicants may receive early admission notices, but most applicants will receive decision notices in April and May. Due to federal privacy laws, information concerning admission decisions will not be given over the phone or by facsimile transmission. Such applicants should have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than the February administration. Those taking a June administration of the LSAT can be considered for entrance in the next calendar year and are admitted for classes in the same calendar year only in extremely exceptional circumstances.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar:
Character, Fitness and the Bar Examination
High ethical standards govern both lawyers and those seeking to be admitted into the practice of law in all states. Good moral character and fitness are required, in Texas by the Rules Governing Admission to the State Bar of Texas, adopted by the Supreme Court of Texas. These State Bar requirements seek to exclude from practice dishonest or untrustworthy persons, as well as persons whose character traits are likely to injure clients, obstruct justice or violate the rules of professional conduct. Every person intending to apply for admission to the Texas State Bar must file with the Board of Law Examiners a “Declaration of Intent To Study Law” during the first year of law school. The Board will conduct a proper investigation of the moral character and fitness of the applicant. Failure to disclose an act or event described in the following questions may lead to more serious consequences than the act or event itself, and failure to provide full and truthful answers may result in the withdrawal of admission, exclusion after matriculation, revocation of degree or other disciplinary action of the Law School, as well as denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek admission. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. (See the menu under “Jurisdiction Information” on the NCBE homepage.) The Directory of all of the addresses begins on page 45 of The ABA Section of Legal Education’s and NCBE’s Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, 2015.
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