St Mary’s University Law School

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St Mary’s University Law School

St. Mary’s University School of Law is one of the professional graduate schools of St. Mary’s University. The law school is located in San Antonio, Texas, USA and is the oldest Catholic law school in the American Southwest. The University is a private Catholic university. The School of Law has an enrollment of about 860 students, pursuing either Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), or Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur.). degrees. St. Mary’s is the first law school in Texas to offer the M.Jur., the graduate degree in the study of law for students not seeking to enter the practice of law.

According to St. Mary’s 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 1,154 people applied for admission to a class of 254


The School of Law hosts the St. Mary’s University Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, in the Tyrol region of Austria, which students have the opportunity to attend each summer. Currently under the direction of Professor Michael Ariens and Professor Mark Cochran, several prominent legal scholars have taught courses or lectured at the institute, including Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, who returned for several summers, and Frank Höpfel, ad litem judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The 2009 Distinguished Visiting Jurist was Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito.

Additionally, The St. Mary’s University School of Law Institute on Chinese Law and Business is a new program of legal studies that prepares law students for the challenges of representing clients doing business with Chinese partners. Through an array of business-related courses, field trips, and guest speakers, the Institute introduces students to the Chinese legal system and the instruments of international and domestic law governing cross-border sales of goods, protection of intellectual property and investments. Participants learn about the practical realities of doing business in China, as well as the dispute resolution mechanisms that play a large role in enforcing private agreements between enterprises in China and the United States.

The School of Law offers many Judicial Internships to its students. In a judicial internship, a law student works a certain minimum number of hours for the court over the course of a semester. The intern is supervised by a judge, a law clerk or briefing attorney to a judge, or a staff attorney for the court. The nature of the work varies according to the needs of the court, but normally includes one or more legal research and writing projects. Trial court interns often have a greater opportunity than appellate court interns to observe courtroom proceedings. But appellate court interns are more likely to participate in the writing of opinions that may be published and become part of the body of legal precedent.