« on: February 11, 2005, 09:57:26 PM »
Here's a little blurb for St. Mary's...
St. Mary's Law School is rooted in the history of San Antonio. The University is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country. In San Antonio, the school commands a deep sense of pride and respect.
The "law review" at St. Mary's is the St. Maryís Law Journal. St. Mary's law journal is ranked fourth in the country (tied with Georgetown University Law Journal) for the number of times it was cited by state and federal courts over the seven-year period, 1996-2003. What's more, this publication has won the Texas Bar Foundationís Outstanding Article Award several times.
St. Mary's School of Law has been recognized over the past several years in regional and national competitions by winning: the 2002 National Championship at the ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition; the Texas Young Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition; the Regional Championship at the Mock Trial Competition; the ABA Regional Mediation and Negotiation Competition; and the Lone Star Classic National Mock Trial Tournament three years in a row.
St. Mary's has a long tradition of producing excellent lawyers. U.S. Senator Cornyn, for example, graduated from St. Mary's Law School. For decades, St. Mary's routinely ranked in the top three or four of the Texas law schools in its bar passage rate. For example, from 1980 until 1989, St. Mary's was in the top three of the Texas law schools with the highest bar passage rates a total of five of the ten July bar exams. In the 1990s, however, the school shifted away somewhat from its time honored "nuts and bolts" approach. Unfortunately, the bar passage rate faltered. The alumni base became very concerned, there were some changes in management, and now, the school is climbing back, hopefully, to its former position of prominence on this indicator. For the July 2004 Texas Bar Exam, St.Mary's had an eighty percent pass rate. The November 2004 Texas Lawyer magazine proclaimed that St. Mary's was back. St.Mary's is a great school that is coming back strong.