St. Mary’s University School of Law (“StMSL”) is part of a larger Catholic institution. The University is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest.
StMSL students and faculty have reasons to be proud of their contributions to the legal community. In the last few years, a team from St. Mary’s University won the Texas Young Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition at the State Bar Convention in Austin, the most prestigious advocacy competition in the State of Texas. St. Mary's Law Review is consistently ranked as one of the top ten in the nation among all U.S. law schools in the number of times courts have cited the Journal.
On the national front, the U.S. Congress has appropriated funds for StMLS to study amending the Freedom of Information Act in light of terrorist threats to government functions. The Princeton Review recently recognized the School of Law in a student survey of the Best 159 Law Schools, citing such qualities as St. Mary’s School of Law’s administration, effective teaching techniques, an emphasis on clinical programs, writing and research, and the potential for clerkships and internships.
Since 2003, the bar passage rate has consistently been at or above the state average. In the 2006 July administration, 84% of St Mary's students passed on the first attempt.
In the Spring of 2004, school officials inaugurated a research center on terrorism law, accompanied by several dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a St. Mary's law school graduate. StMSL has also integrated technology into its classrooms and with the new courtroom, StMSL hopes to partner with the Supreme Court of the state of Texas on a number of important technology issues. StMSL has attracted high-profile visiting judges to teach at the law school. StMSL conducts classes at its Institute on World Legal Problems in Austria. In previous years, the Institute has had such distinguished visiting jurists as Chief Justice William Rehnquist who taught on the Supreme Court in United States History. In fact, the former Chief Justice, only a month before he passed away, recognized the work of a St. Mary's professor for the professor's contribution to the federal rules.