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 social justice. 

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, criminal 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. The St. Mary’s Law advocacy program was ranked fourth in the nation by the American Bar Association and top 20 by U.S. News and World Report in 2020.

Students may also decide to expand their boundaries through study abroad opportunities in Austria, China and Mexico.

First-year students in our Law Success program are introduced to briefing cases, outlining and exam preparation, and participate in an intensive legal research and writing experience in small cohorts. Students approaching the bar exam receive individualized coaching, and substantive and 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 School of Law trains ethical and creative problem solvers who become servant-leaders in their communities, informed by faith that the practice of law is their vocation. Legal education at St. Mary’s is enriched by impactful community service and inspired by characteristics that include justice, peace, adaptation and change,” said School of Law Dean Patricia Roberts, J.D. “This is a close-knit community that embraces the values of inclusivity, equity, collaboration and service to others.”

The Catholic faith is not a requirement for admission, but helps to inform the training of advocates of justice. The school also has a full-time minister who counsels students and engages them in volunteer work and community service. 

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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