St. Mary's University School of Law

St. Mary's University School of Law

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St. Mary’s University, located in San Antonio, is the only Catholic private law school in Texas, with a Marianist heritage that focuses on academic excellence and justice. 

“Each of us must act justly toward each other, all the time,” said Dean Stephen M. Sheppard. “Each of us is required to do the right thing, and to require other people to do the right thing toward other people, regardless of who we are or what our role is in a state or society.”

Before graduation, incoming law students complete 30 hours of community service as part of the University’s commitment to social justice. They can continue to give back to their community through the school's pro bono program, externship program, or clinical programs in immigration law, criminal law and civil law.

Other opportunities for practical experience include the national-championship winning St. Mary’s Law National Team’s moot court, mock trial and advocacy programs. Students may also decide to expand their boundaries through study abroad opportunities in Austria, China and Mexico.

First-year students learn basic law school skills, such as briefing cases, outlining and exam preparation, whereas students approaching the bar exam receive bar exam skills instruction. The St. Mary’s Law faculty includes nationally known subject-area experts, scholars and practitioners, some of whom have served as Fulbright Scholars as well as former United States Supreme Court and White House Clerks and Fellows.

Graduates of St. Mary’s have become members of the U.S. Congress, governors and lieutenant governors nationwide, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, state legislators, members of the federal judiciary and leaders of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

“St. Mary’s will form you as a leader in the law. Our Catholic and Marianist mission challenges you, not just to learn the rules of law, but to master skills for the future by integrating faith, community, and a commitment to service and justice,” Sheppard said.

While the Catholic faith is not a requirement for admission, it is evident at the law school. It offers two seminars on canon law, one taught in Spanish. It has a seminar on capital punishment that invites robust discussion, but adheres to the Catholic church’s stance on the subject. The school also has a full-time minister who counsels students and encourages them to do volunteer work for organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

St. Mary’s has the second-highest minority population of law schools in the state, and was ranked No. 15 in the nation for Hispanics by preLaw magazine. 

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75th Percentile1533.39
25th Percentile1482.76
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$24,300$24,300
Living Expenses
Median grant$4650
Percent receiving grants52.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 82.10%
NJ Employment74.09
Bar Passage75.16%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
#15 - Hispanic
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Trial Advocacy