Newly Admitted Students
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.
Would you like to visit campus?
If you would like to visit campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tuition Deposit: In order to continue to hold your seat in the Fall 2018 entering class, you will need to submit a non-refundable $500.00 law tuition deposit, by June 4, 2018. You may make the payment online by clicking here. If you do not submit the tuition deposit by June 4th, we reserve the right to cancel your place in the entering class. Once your payment is confirmed, an email acknowledgment will be sent to you within 48 hours.
Sign up for Direct Deposit: We recommend that all matriculating students set up Direct Deposit to ensure that they get financial aid refunds and any other payments from the university as efficiently as possible. You are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit by visiting Gateway and completing the Refund Direct Deposit Authorization. Forms must be submitted to the Business Office in person or via email through your St. Mary’s University issued email account. Processing of forms can take up to five business days. Should you have any questions, or should you require assistance on your account visit http://www.stmarytx.edu/businessoffice/ or email the Business Office at email@example.com.
Bookstore Charge Account: You will not be able to buy books for your fall classes until you are registered for those classes (in late July), as different professors use different text books. That said, once you know which books you need, you will want to get your books prior to the start of classes, so that you can prepare for your first classes. Most law students get their books from the Barnes & Noble at St. Mary’s University (the university bookstore). To that end, the university establishes a charge account at the bookstore for each law student at the time of registration. That account ($800 for full-time students and $400 for part-time students) is added to each student’s tuition bill. If you would prefer not to use the bookstore charge account and avoid this charge on your tuition bill, you will need to take action.
Bookstore charge accounts are per-semester lines of credit that can be used to purchase books and supplies at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at St. Mary’s. A bookstore account is optional and can be waived. Contact the Business office at firstname.lastname@example.org for a waiver. Include your Student ID number in all communications.
Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Students should plan to move to San Antonio in time to get settled before orientation begins. Orientation is three full days. Plan to be present all day for each day of orientation. There will be an additional mandatory session after the start of classes. The entire academic calendar may be accessed here.
- Full time students: Monday – Wednesday, Aug. 13, 14, and 15
- Evening students: Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, Aug. 11, 12, and 15
International students have an additional mandatory orientation session, hosted by the International Student Services office on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Take the Pledge
Prior to orientation, you should review the pledge that all new J.D. students are required to take and think seriously about the commitment you will be undertaking.
I, (say your name), do solemnly pledge that:
I will engage in the diligent study of law, always acting in an honest, moral, and professional manner;
I will be guided by the spirit of hospitality, collaboration, mutual support, and scholarship, which are the ideals of a Marianist university; and
I will be trustworthy, honorable, and professional in all aspects of my life.
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.
First Year Curriculum
Beginning 2018, first year students will take the following classes:
Federal Civil Procedure 4 hours
Torts 4 hours
Contracts 4 hours
Legal Writing I and II 3 hours each
Constitutional Law 4 hours
Property 4 hours
Criminal Law 3 hours
The Fall 2018 entering 1L class must complete 30 hours of service projects during law school in order to graduate. At least fifteen hours must be law school approved hours. Students must complete at least 10 hours before the end of their first year of law school.
Important Dates and Deadlines for J.D. Students:
- April 1 – Seat Deposit is due
- April 5 and 6 – Admitted Student Welcome Days
- June – Tuition Deposit required
- 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.
- 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:
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 90.
Q: What are the maximum credit limitations if I work?
The limitations can vary, depending on your status as a full-time or part-time student. To learn more about limitations, read Section II of the Student Handbook.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do I need to apply for a parking permit?
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.