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St. Mary's University School of Law

The development of practical, real-world litigation skills in a courtroom setting is a crucial element of the St. Mary's experience. This belief is affirmed every day through the actions and accomplishments of our highly respected advocacy programs. These programs provide an ideal environment for students to develop and polish the trial and appellate courtroom skills that are the hallmark of great attorneys.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 815
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.76 - 3.41
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.25%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.82%
Tuition $30,566

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About St. Mary's University School of Law

The development of practical, real-world litigation skills in a courtroom setting is a crucial element of the St. Mary's experience. This belief is affirmed every day through the actions and accomplishments of our highly respected advocacy programs. These programs provide an ideal environment for students to develop and polish the trial and appellate courtroom skills that are the hallmark of great attorneys.

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Despite an obviously smaller pool of resources than many larger schools, the School of Law at St. Mary's University is doing its best to reach up into the leagues of schools like UT. The overall academic experience is gaining in the race, but a tough curve makes it "challenging and competitive" for students, and the reputation of St. Mary's has yet to have reached outside of the region. Still, there is a strong sense of community, and the law school "won't allow your professor or fellow students to devour you alive in the classroom. Generally, if you prepare, you will succeed." The school takes care of its students, and the past few years have shown a positive trend in bar passage rates, as well as a balance between the clinical and community involvement strengths that make St. Mary's a respected institution in San Antonio and the public sector. The St. Mary's Civil Justice Clinic, which is part of the School of Law, is an excellent way to gain experience in myriad fields of different civil law subjects. In addition, "You are able to help many grateful members of the San Antonio community while earning course credit along the way!" The largest entering class to date (about 300 students) just matriculated, and yet "it doesn't feel like there are that many students. It really feels like a big family everyday at school." The small school atmosphere really lends itself to the close relationship between students, faculty, and professors "are always willing to meet with students and love to share their insight and love of their particular subject matter." Teaching-wise, some professors here are "fabulous"; others are not. Adjuncts and some of the older, tenured professors seem to be particularly hit-or-miss, but "a motivated student who picks the best professors can still get a good, basic legal education." Legal writing and moot court are strong points of the school (right down to the top-notch mock courtroom), but students would like to see a wider course selection (such as computer law, white collar law things). Though most students find the administration to be supportive on the whole, and are excited about the new dean (a former torts professor), there are widespread complaints that the arcane methods of completing some of the more bureaucratic tasks can cause problems in the long run. "Everything works great until you run into a problem—say, a lost grade or incorrectly recorded grade. When faced with those problems, it seems like the school is all over the place," testifies a student. Many wish there was more energy channeled into helping students find employment outside of San Antonio, but "if you want to practice in San Antonio or the surrounding area, the alumni network practically owns the SA Bar Association, and boy do they love to give current students work." The library here is "second to none," and the new classroom building is much loved by students, but the law faculty building where some classes are held is "horribly out of date," and the school's infrastructure needs vast improvements.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 276

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 12

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of legal systems and philosophies in comparative perspective.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MA International Relations; JD/MPA Public Administration; JD/MA English Language and Literature; JD/MA Theology; JD/MS Computer Science; JD/MS Engineering; JD/MBA Business Administration; JD/MA Communication Studies (all 3-1/2 to 4 years total)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Human Rights
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 107
Full-Time Faculty 40
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 56
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 21 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 29%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $30,566 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,994 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $41,560 $30,566

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$33,388 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $55

Incoming Class

St. Mary's University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 151 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 150 - 155
LSAT Total 151 - 155

St. Mary's University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.79 - 3.41
Part-Time 2.62 - 3.28
Total 2.76 - 3.41

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 94%
First Time Pass Rate 86%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $56,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 80 35%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 0%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 1%
Business Industry 32 14%
Government 31 14%
Public Interest 6 3%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 3 1%
Academia 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 32 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TN 1%
CO 1%
TX 93%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of St. Mary's University School of Law include:

  • Nelson Wolff - Former Mayor of San Antonio
  • Thomas Mummert - U.S. Magistrate Judge
  • Alma L. Lopez - Former Chief Justice of the Texas Court of Appeals
  • Charles Gonzalez - Congressman
  • John Cornyn - United States Senator from Texas

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