Acceptance Rate
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

148 - 152


Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

Application Fee

LSDAS Service Used

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

Other Admission Factors


LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty


Students Say

Located in San Antonio, the St. Mary’s University School of Law boasts a strong commitment to public service and pro bono work, and students praise it’s “service-oriented mission.” In fact, “St. Mary’s dominates in pro bono work in Texas.” “St. Mary’s has a new dean who has already done amazing things for the school, including increasing the number and size of scholarships available, and bringing new focus to the school in more modern areas of law” although one student adds that “the rest of administration is fairly inaccessible, or if you manage to get a request across their desk, it is usually summarily shot down.” The professors at St. Mary’s “are an amazing group who are really trying to prepare us for the world of law practice, while at the same time being incredibly supportive and helpful.” Another student adds that “the professors at St. Mary’s University School of Law are the School’s best assets. They are welcoming, honest and have many voices to share. Most, if not all, of them offer practical experience in class and a good portion are also quite entertaining.”
St. Mary’s may be a Catholic and Marianist institution, but “it is very welcome[ing] to people of all faiths or no faith at all.” Additionally. St. Mary’s Law Journal is “one of the most cited law journals in the country, and [the school] also boasts a second law journal, The Scholar, which is the only one in the country that focuses on social and race issues in the law.” The first-year curriculum is “tough,” and St. Mary’s curve “isn’t as forgiving as other more prestigious law schools. St. Mary’s doesn’t artificially inflate grades, but this means if you get a high grade, you really did earn it.” The “Mock Trial/Moot Court/Negotiations Programs . . . consistently produce national ranked teams and provide students with practicable skills.”
Overall, students “feel fortunate to have attended St. Mary’s Law School,” but note the “disadvantage when it comes to ‘big law’ and judicial internships & clerkships (as compared to University of Texas students),” although there are “opportunities St. Mary’s students have because of particular professors who have forged relationships with federal and Texas judges.” Students at St. Mary’s “benefit greatly from professors who impart the practicalities of practicing law, not just the theory, and administrators who strive to provide as many opportunities to gain practical skills as possible. Regardless of whether it is more difficult to obtain post-grad employment because of St. Mary’s ranking, I think these aspects (and the tremendous faculty) are well worth it.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
Median Starting Salary
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Bexar County District Attorney's Office; Fourth Court of Appeals; Cox Smith Matthew LLP; Texas Office of the Attorney General; Haynes and Boone; Jackson Walker; Norton Rose Fulbright; Strasburger Price

Graduates Employed by Region

Prominent Alumni

John Cornyn
United States Senator from Texas

Charles Gonzalez

Alma L. Lopez
Former Chief Justice of the Texas Court of Appeals

Thomas Mummert
U.S. Magistrate Judge

Nelson Wolff
Former Mayor of San Antonio


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 31
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded

% Students Receiving Some Aid

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Parent Institution Enrollement

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
Average Age at Entry

% Out-of-State


% Under-represented Minorities

77% are full time
23% are part time
43% female
57% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“What sets St. Mary’s apart is the collective spirit. Students are not afraid of working together to accomplish a similar goal,” but “while some cliques can form, it is more a separation of people who participate and people who don’t. Those that don’t go to events may feel excluded in classroom discussions because some students simply know each other better.” And while “the competitive nature of the grades creates a sense of urgency in some students who feel they are constantly looking over their shoulder to see who may be trying to gain an edge over the others,” many students nonetheless “feel free to share their notes and outlines with others.” Students applaud the “availability of various student organizations, which open up doors to anything from an interview with the Supreme Court of Texas to lasting friendships.”
Although “the facilities could use some improvement,” students note that “the university recently upgraded a few classrooms, which have been received very well, but other elements, such as the library study rooms, could use expansion and renovation. Additionally, the law school does not have many on-campus food locations or student lounge areas that encourage students to stay after classes have ended.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access

Admissions Office Contact

Ms. Catherine Casiano
Director of Recruitment

One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8601