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St. Mary’s University was established in 1852, making the University the oldest Catholic university in Texas. In October of 1927, the San Antonio Bar Association opened and established the San Antonio School of Law. In 1933, St. Mary’s University agreed to administer the law school. The first class of the re-named St. Mary’s University School of Law graduated in 1935.
The Law School has the capacity to admit around 300 first-year law students. In 2003, about 1,800 applicants applied for about 300 first-year seats. Total law school enrollment is around 800 full-time students. The Law School is housed in four modern brick buildings, landscaped with live oaks, cottonwoods, and mountain laurel.
The Law School library contains an impressive amount of holdings and is internet-friendly. There is a court-yard and a plaza for students to gather between classes. The courtyard is popular with the law students during most of the regular academic year; however, Texas summers, especially in the afternoons, are known for setting record high temperatures so this area thins out during the hottest parts of the year. St. Mary’s law school has no part-time law study program.
The Law School also operates the Center for Legal and Social Justice in a 28,000 square foot building located one-half mile from the Law School campus. One of the missions of the Law School is to provide legal services to traditionally underserved portions of the population. There is also a new center for the Study of Terrorism Law.
St. Mary’s University School of Law received its American Bar Association approval in February 1948. The School of Law received is charter from the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi in October 1949. The nationally-recognized St. Mary’s Law Journal published its first issue in 1969.
In 2003, St. Mary’s took top honors for three years in a row at the Lone Star Classic National Mock Trial competitions.
San Antonio and Austin do not have the enormous legal markets that Houston and Dallas have. A great deal of legal business goes on in both San Antonio and Austin, but associates’ ability to lateral between firms in somewhat restricted. Austin, of course, benefits from the many quality graduates from the University of Texas School of Law. The graduates trade off the salaries they could receive in Houston, Dallas, or outside the state for the quality of life issues that exist in Austin. In San Antonio, firms have a preference for San Antonio natives or St. Mary's University School of Law graduates. Because Austin and San Antonio are only about an hour and a half apart, some professors teach at both schools.
A VERY SHORT LIST of just some of the elected alumni of St. Mary’s School of Law include U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Justice Paul Green on the Texas Supreme Court, Judge Barbara Hervey, Court of Criminal Appeals, Charles A. Gonzalez, 20th Texas Congressional District, Michael McCaul, 10th Texas Congressional District, Thomas Corbett, Jr. Pennsylvania Attorney General, Peter Kindler, Missouri Lt. Governor, Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, Phylis Speedlin, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.