« on: January 16, 2010, 10:32:36 PM »
I think I agree with you. St. Mary's has had it's share of problems in the past, but it has made great strides recently. I know many students, from all different ranks, who are acquiring top jobs and internships--at least, the pro-active ones. There are many prominent alumni in big law firms like Cox, Smith, and Matthews, Jackson Walker, Fulbright & Jaworski, in the Texas Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Senate, the Texas legislature (not to mention all of the staff positions that accompany each). These alumni associate and reach out to St. Mary's students and graduates for jobs and internships. I, as well as several of my friends, have experienced the benefits of this close-knit network.
Another thing I think needs to be emphasized is the school's reputation within it's surrounding community. St. Mary's students and alumni have created several clinics to regularly provide the citizens of San Antonio and even Laredo with free legal services for those who are unable to pay for an attorney.
I think St. Mary's reputation is much better than most people will admit. Perhaps its reputation is outdated, but more importantly, I think its reputation is hampered by rumors that no one really puts to rest. I would encourage anyone considering St. Mary's to come visit the campus, talk to its students and faculty (they are all pretty friendly and helpful) and see it what it has to offer first hand. I think you will be surprised.