The majority of our students seek careers in the private sector. Every year more than 60 percent of the graduating class obtains a position at a law firm. The law firms range in size from two attorneys to more than 100 attorneys, but the majority of our students seek positions at smaller firms. The Office of Career Strategy provides students with individualized advising, programming and access to networking events that lead to these opportunities.
We offer several options for law firms to engage them in hiring our students. These offerings include regional job fairs both on site at their offices or virtually throughout the state. We hold these fairs in the major metropolitan areas of Texas as well as cities that do not have law schools. We also provide law firms the opportunity to come on campus to interview, collect résumés, receive résumé books and obtain temporary assistance from students on projects and cases. We strongly encourage students to utilize all of these options when seeking law firm employment.
The office makes a great effort to stay connected to the local and state bar associations and to assist students in networking with lawyers and alumni throughout the state and country. We develop strong relationships with attorneys in an effort to assist our students in finding employment in this sector.
Our students have been hired by a wide range of prestigious local and national law firms.
The business world can offer law graduates a great breadth of opportunities both within and beyond the traditional practice of law. At St. Mary’s we strive to provide our students with opportunities for legal and legally related positions at corporations in San Antonio and beyond. We build strong, lasting relationships with the companies like Mary Kay, Rackspace, Tesoro, Valero, USAA and Whataburger. Many of these companies employ our law graduates and hire our students for legal internships.
We also have graduates who work in legally related positions with employers such as Security Service Federal Credit Union and Zachry Construction. Some of our students elect to do a joint MBA degree in conjunction with their law degree to make those students even more marketable in the business world.
Currently, we have a very active Business Law Society that works closely with the Office of Career Strategy to put on programs for students that focus on business issues. The South/Central Texas Chapter of the Association for Corporate Counsel routinely brings a panel of speakers to campus to talk about careers as in-house counsel. They also welcome students to network at their monthly luncheons in San Antonio.
Recently, St. Mary’s University School of Law launched a Corporate Externship Program to give students even more opportunities to gain experience inside corporations while in law school.
Post Graduate Judicial Clerkships
Obtaining a judicial clerkship after graduation is a highly prestigious position. These sought after positions allow recent graduates to fine tune their legal research and writing skills. St. Mary’s graduates have served as law clerks at both the state and federal level.
The Office of Career Strategy stands ready to counsel applicants through the judicial clerkship process as well as assist them with collating their applications and recommendation letters and mailing applications for them.
The law school offers a robust judicial internship program where students can earn academic credit for internships with federal and state appellate-level courts in Texas. Following completion of the first year of studies, law students at St. Mary’s University may participate in a wide range of pre-graduation judicial internships. These internships provide students with an excellent opportunity to enhance their understanding of the court system and to make valuable contributions to the administration of justice. The successful completion of a judicial internship is a good professional credential that adds depth to one’s résumé.
To learn about these positions in great detail visit the judicial internships webpage.
The Office of Career Strategy works closely with the Bexar County Courts to introduce law students to the inner workings of the court. The judges allow students to observe their courtroom proceedings and engage them in discussion about what they observed. These opportunities are available to students in the summer after they have completed their first year of law school. The students apply through the Office of Career Strategy and are matched with a judge for one summer session. This is a not-for-credit program that gives students an opportunity to view the practice of law in a real-world setting.
St. Mary’s instills an inherent commitment to public service in its students and graduates. St. Mary’s alumni are involved in making the laws in the United States Congress as well as in both chambers of the Texas Legislature. St. Mary’s also has alumni working for the United States Department of Justice and as district attorneys throughout the state. We have had students selected through the United States Department of Justice’s Honors Program and the Presidential Management Fellows program. The Office of Career Strategy provides counseling for students and alumni interested in careers in the government. We have a wide range of resources for students, including the Government Honors and Internship Handbook. The password can be found in the Shortcuts and Resources Section when you log into 12Twenty (CORE).
St. Mary’s regularly has government employers recruit through its fall and spring recruitment programs and job fairs. They also participate in the annual Public Service Career Fair held in conjunction with all nine Texas law schools. St. Mary’s has extensive contacts with state and federal employers and strong relationships with the local Federal Bar Association chapter and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division.
Students can gain significant practical legal experiences working in government internships through the school’s Externship Program.