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We are thrilled to welcome our newly admitted students to the class entering in the fall of 2018! If you have not yet applied to the J.D. program, click here for guidance in the application process. Newly admitted students: Below you will find information and links to help you prepare for your legal education at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Financial Aid
Important Dates and Deadlines
Suggested Reading List
Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to visit campus?

Our J.D. Admitted Student Day takes place April 5. We will be sending you an invitation by email that will provide a link to RSVP. If you would prefer to visit and observe a class on a different day, please email us at so that we can arrange your visit.

Need information about Financial Aid?

You will find helpful forms and contact information at the Office of Financial Assistance.

You can also pay your seat deposit here.


Gateway is the system you will access to find schedules, calendars, the student handbook, confidential exam numbers and much more. Additionally, you will find forms that we ask you to fill out and return to us as soon as possible. We send Gateway credentials by email, so as soon as you receive your personal credentials, please use them to log on to Gateway to become familiar with it.

Important Dates and Deadlines for J.D. Students:

Spring 2018

  • April 1 – Seat Deposit is due
  • April 5 and 6 – Admitted Student Welcome Days
  • June – Tuition Deposit required

Fall 2018

  • Aug. 11, 12 and 15 – Mandatory Orientation for first-year evening students
  • Aug. 13, 14 and 15 – Mandatory Orientation for first-year day students
  • Aug. 20 – Classes begin

Suggested Reading List

Consider reading at least one title from each section.

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  • About Law School
    • Michael S. Ariens, Law School: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting On (2010)
    • Karl N. Llewellyn, The Bramble Bush: The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School (2008)
  • U.S. Law
    • Allan Farnsworth, An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States, Fourth Edition (2010)
    • Linda Greenhouse, The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2012)
    • Lawrence M. Friedman, History of American Law, Third Edition (2005)
  • About Lawyers
    • Anthony Lewis, Gideon’s Trumpet (1989)
    • Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action (1996)
  • Thinking and Writing
    • Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments (2008)
    • William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition (1999)
    • Richard C. Wydick, Plain English for Lawyers, Fifth Edition (2005)
  • Legal Reference
    • Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary, Compact Edition (2011)
  • Legal Fiction
    • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
    • John Grisham, Sycamore Row (2013)
    • John Jay Osborne Jr., The Paper Chase (1971)

Join the Facebook page for admitted J.D. students here:

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Life in San Antonio

San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the country, with plenty of tourist attractions to keep you busy. Overwhelmed? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

While you’re on campus, here are some restaurants you can visit that are in the area:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many hours does it take to graduate with a J.D.?

The number of credit hours it takes to graduate is 91.

Q: What are my options if I want to live on campus?

St. Mary’s University offers housing for law students in Chaminade Tower at a competitive rate and added convenience. Chaminade Tower was recently renovated and provides individual, suite-style rooms (where you share a bathroom with another resident). All students who live on campus are required to have health insurance. For more information on housing and rates, contact the Office of Residence Life at 210-431-4312 or at

Q: Am I required to have health insurance if I do not live on campus?

Non-dorm students do not need health insurance. They are welcome to enroll in the St. Mary’s University health plan, however. For more information on student health requirements, including immunizations, contact the Student Health Center at 210-436-3506 or

Q: Do I need to apply for a parking permit?

All students with a vehicle on campus property are required to display a parking permit. You may register your vehicle online, and students are encouraged to park only in designated student lots.

Q: Where can I buy my books?

The St. Mary’s University Official Bookstore can help you find what you need. Students can find the course materials they need by entering the course number and section.

Other Useful Links


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