St. Mary’s University School of Law

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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs

One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228, United States
Phone: 210.431.4235


A student stands before the bench during a mock trial. A blue sign, embedded into the wall behind the bench, says, 'St Mary's University School of Law.' An American flag and two other flags also stand behind the benchAs the law school of San Antonio and South Texas, St. Mary’s Law teaches more than the rules of law. We equip future lawyers with the skills to succeed and the values to lead in a more just world. We are the only Catholic law school in Texas, and our mission is to graduate leaders in the law—advocates with the moral compass to make a difference and a commitment to service. For us, justice counts.

Established in 1927, St. Mary’s Law provides comprehensive opportunities for legal education. We have several Master of Laws (LLM) degree options, which allow for concentrated focus on specific legal subjects, as well as degree programs for internationally trained attorneys seeking a better understanding of American and international legal systems. We also offer Texas’ first Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) degree, which educates non-attorney professionals about the legal system.

At St. Mary’s University School of Law, our deep Catholic roots, our innovative instruction, and our location in one of the nation’s most vibrant cities will lead you on a powerful journey toward personal success in the practice of law.

Bar Prep

  • Online Access: LLM students enrolled full time in the American Legal Studies Program can prepare for the bar by participating in several courses online at no extra charge. These courses will not appear on the student’s transcript but present an opportunity for LLM students to gain exposure to more instructional time in highly tested bar content. Titles include Contracts I & II, Property I & II, Administrative Law & Regulatory Interpretation, Business Structures & Statutory Compliance, and Commercial Law & Contracting.
  • Law Success: Students at any stage in their law school careers are welcome to stop by and visit the Law Success faculty to discuss academic issues, improve their skills on various areas of law study, or simply to chat with their assigned Law Success Instructor. LLM students enrolled full time in the American Legal Studies Program can prepare for the bar by participating in the Law Success Program’s offerings. These courses will not appear on the student’s transcript but present an opportunity for LLM students to self-test and determine their readiness for various sections of the Texas State Bar Exam. Titles include Bar Preparation and Experiential Legal Analysis with MPT.

Top-Notch Clinical Programs

The Center for Legal and Social Justice is home to multiple clinical programs that offer students hands-on legal experience representing San Antonio’s indigent and disadvantaged citizens.

The clinical programs are the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Students partner with licensed attorneys to work with clients in need.

Law students serve the underrepresented throughout the year in activities including spring break service trips, identity recovery and immigration outreach at San Antonio’s Haven for Hope, pro bono projects, and monthly trips to underserved areas along the Texas-Mexico border.

Top Advocacy Competitors

Year after year, St. Mary’s law students excel in regional and national moot court and mock trial competitions.

The External Advocacy Program (EAP) prepares students to compete against other teams in regional and national competitions. The St. Mary’s students have enjoyed tremendous success. Teams took home the championship trophies in the 2016 American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition; the 2015 William Daniel National Mock Trial Competition; and the 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competitions.

Other recent advocacy competition highlights:

  • Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition: 2015 National Champions, Best Oral Advocate (Championship Round), Second Best Brief (Overall)
  • National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition: 2015 Rocky Mountain Region Champions
  • National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition: 2015 Best Brief
  • Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition: 2014 State Champions, Best Oral Advocate, Best Brief
  • Hispanic National Bar Association: 19th Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition: 2014 Runner-up
  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition: 2014 Finalist
  • Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition: 2014 Finalist
  • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition: 2014 Regional Runner-up, Finalist (two teams)

Innovative International Programs

The Institute on World Legal Programs in Innsbruck, Austria, offers world-renowned instructors, often including United States Supreme Court justices or prominent international jurists, during the intensive summer program.

The Institute on Chinese Law and Business in Beijing, China, prepares students for the challenges of practicing in the expanding global marketplace and offers participants internship opportunities with Chinese law firms and industry.

Distinctive Law Journals

The St. Mary’s Law Journal has achieved a high level of distinction over the past three decades. The student-led operation strives to publish articles of significant scholarly merit and practical use.

St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics is the only law review on the topic in the nation.

The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice strives to give all minorities a voice through the publication of a legal journal on issues affecting minorities.


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Strong Alumni Network

Graduates of St. Mary’s University School of Law have become members of the United States Congress, governors and lieutenant governors nationwide, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, state legislators, members of the federal judiciary, and leaders of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

We are recognized as among the nation’s best for post-law school, full-time employment.

History, Heritage, and Tradition

Exterior of School of Law's Ernest A. Rasa building. The building is round and made of brown brick. Open, arched entryways line its perimeter. Thin windows stand in a row above the arches.In 1852, four Brothers of the Society of Mary founded St. Mary’s Institute, the first institution of higher education in San Antonio. St. Mary’s was the first Catholic college and only the fourth college in Texas. It quickly developed a reputation for hard work and successful learning in a community of faith and openness.

Eighty years later, St. Mary’s approached leaders of the San Antonio Bar, which in 1927 had founded the San Antonio School of Law, a part-time school that met at night in the courthouse. St. Mary’s offered to make it a university law school, with a stronger curriculum and a full-time faculty. In 1934, the law school acquired its name, its Catholic and Marianist mission, and its commitment to excellence in preparing lawyers to national standards of skill, knowledge, and professionalism.

The law school convened at 112 College Street in the stone building the Brothers had built and opened in 1853. From the beginning, the school kept costs low with help from its friends, especially leaders of the bar. Its library was built from lawyers’ donations, with tables made from attic timbers. Lawyers bought the law school its first air conditioners—though they gave just enough to cool the library, not the classrooms. St. Mary’s teachers sacrificed as needed to keep the doors open.

The first class—31 women and men—met only at night. The day division opened briefly in 1940, becoming a fixture in 1948 with St. Mary’s accreditation by the American Bar Association. A very small faculty and student body (including Henry B. Gonzalez, LLB ’43) saw the school through the war.

The big change came in 1967, when the school moved, by then with 400 students, to St. Mary’s main campus. Then at the edge of town, three buildings rose around a law plaza, funded by graduates and local lawyers with help from the US government. The new Law Center was dedicated at Red Mass in 1968 with a blessing by the Auxiliary Archbishop and a dinner speech by Governor John Connally. 1968 also saw the first issue of the St. Mary’s Law Journal, its lead article on habeas corpus by then-Justice Joe Greenhill and Marty Beirne, who graduated in 1969.

The law school has enhanced its teaching and service with gifts and determination. Its beautiful library was funded by the Sarita Kenedy East Foundation in 1982. International programs began in Innsbruck in 1986 and in Beijing in 2011. The clinical programs expanded in 1990 under the direction of Mary Anne Crosby (JD ’65), making their home in the Center for Legal and Social Justice in 1996.

For 90 years, St. Mary’s has attracted brilliant scholars to teach students who grew to lead in their communities, the state, and the nation. Several hold chairs that underwrite portions of their work, each given by friends and graduates. The most recent of these is a professorship honoring Dean Emeritus Charles E. Cantú (JD ’64).

Law School Enrollment

During a given year the Law School has approximately

  • 700 Juris Doctor (JD) students enrolled.
  • 50 Master of Laws (LLM) students enrolled.
  • 40 Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) students enrolled.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

LLM in American Legal Studies

The LLM in American Legal Studies is designed for graduates of foreign law schools who want to enhance their understanding of the American legal system and English Common Law. For qualifying candidates, completion of this degree may allow them to sit for an American state bar exam.

Each state in the United States independently regulates the eligibility of attorneys to practice law within its jurisdiction. The LLM in American Legal Studies will satisfy the US legal education requirement for the LLM graduate to sit for the Texas, California, or New York Bar exams (list not exhaustive). Please note that some jurisdictions require additional components such as pro bono service, and that the candidate is responsible for determining those requirements as set by the Board of Law Examiners in each state.

While 24 credit hours are required to earn the LLM in American Legal Studies, candidates for the bar are strongly encouraged to investigate the requirements for the bar and to enroll in the courses that will be tested.

Required Courses
  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • One course from the following list:
    • Civil Procedure
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law
    • Property
    • Torts
    • Constitutional Law

Other courses and seminars offered in the LLM program in American Legal Studies include

  • Evidence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales/Secured Transactions
  • Oil & Gas
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Immigration Law
  • Business Associations
  • Patent and Copyright Law

Bar Prep and MPT courses are also available to LLM students for completion outside of the 24-credit-hour requirement.

LLM in International and Comparative Law

Domed buildings stand in front of a mountain range.The LLM in International and Comparative Law is designed for American-trained lawyers who have already obtained a law degree and who will benefit from specialized training in international or comparative law.

Students enrolled in the program are expected to obtain 24 credit hours required for graduation in nine months of full-time academic work. Students are required to take courses in both public international law and basic comparative law (courses taken in fulfillment of JD requirement may not be repeated).

Required Courses
  • Public International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Thesis & Research (foreign-trained are exempt)

Other courses and seminars offered in the LLM program in International and Comparative Law include

  • International Cyber Warfare
  • International Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • International & Domestic Health Care Law
  • International White Collar Crime
  • International Law of the Sea
  • Import/Export Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Arbitration
  • International Law of Stolen Art
  • International Litigation
  • Comparative Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Organizations
  • Doing Business with Mexico
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution & Tribunals
  • European Union Law
  • Legal Spanish & the Mexican Legal System

LLM in International Criminal Law

The LLM in International Criminal Law is designed for American lawyers who intend to pursue a specialized government career as a federal or state prosecutor or as a private sector criminal defense lawyer. This degree is also appropriate for those who choose to enter the federal law enforcement, diplomatic, military, or intelligence services.

While there are three other LLM programs that offer a program in Criminal Law, this LLM degree program is the only one offered nationwide in International Criminal Law.

International Criminal Law LLM candidates are required to successfully complete 21 out of 24 credit hours from the specific criminal law courses outlined below (courses taken in fulfillment of JD requirements may not be repeated).

Criminal Law Courses
  • Public International Law (required)
  • International Criminal Law
  • Transnational Criminal Law
  • International White Collar Criminal Law
  • National Security Law
  • Terrorism Law
  • US Intelligence & National Security Law
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Thesis & Research (foreign-trained are exempt)

Other courses and seminars offered in the LLM program in International Criminal Law include

  • Advanced US Criminal Procedure
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Capital Punishment Seminar
  • Texas Criminal Procedure

Those American lawyers who successfully complete this LLM degree will be well prepared for a large variety of US federal public-sector positions in law enforcement; the diplomatic, military, and intelligence services; and comparable positions at the state level. American and foreign lawyers interested in international law enforcement, as well as international organizational, NGO, and international criminal court work, would benefit considerably as well.

Contact Information

For more information about St. Mary’s Law LLM programs, please visit the law school website or contact

Shannon Sevier
Graduate Law Coordinator
St. Mary’s School of Law
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228

Phone: 210.431.4235

World-Class Faculty and Facilities

The St. Mary’s Law faculty includes nationally known subject-area experts, scholars, and practitioners, some of whom have served as Fulbright Scholars as well as former United States Supreme Court and White House Clerks and Fellows.

St. Mary’s University School of Law is a state-of-the-art practice facility for the school’s advocacy programs and also houses visiting courts that occasionally hear oral arguments on campus.

  • Sarita Kenedy East Law Library: The Sarita Kenedy East Law Library is the largest legal information center in San Antonio and the surrounding area with a knowledgeable staff equipped to help students with their legal research needs.
  • Center for Legal and Social Justice: The Center for Legal and Social Justice is a former retreat house of the Marianist Sisters, located less than one mile from the main campus. In 1996, it became part of St. Mary’s University, and now houses the St. Mary’s Clinical Program, the Pro Bono Program, and the Practice Credit Program.
  • Clinical Program: Students enrolled in clinical program courses can earn academic credit while they gain real-world lawyering skills by acting as the attorney of record for income-qualified clients. Second- and third-year law students participate in the Clinical Program by applying for one of three for-credit courses: Civil Justice Clinic, the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, or the Criminal Justice Clinic.
  • Pro Bono Program: Law students may also volunteer their time through pro bono program opportunities, assisting disadvantaged individuals with legal issues. Students may perform important legal work and gain a better understanding of the legal processes while helping those in need through opportunities, such as those with the ID Recovery Project at Haven for Hope and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Students who meet certain criteria may be awarded a Pro Bono and Public Service Certificate during their graduation ceremony.
  • Center for Terrorism Law: Founded in 2003, the Center for Terrorism Law is a research center dedicated to the study of legal issues associated with antiterrorism and counterterrorism. Particular emphasis is given to cyberterrorism, bioterrorism, critical infrastructure, and information assurance technologies. The goal of the center is to examine current and potential legal issues related to terrorism in light of the challenge of achieving and maintaining a proper balance between national security and civil liberties. As a research facility, this goal is pursued through teaching terrorism law courses; professional exchanges such as symposia and consultations; writing; commenting on and publishing written materials; conducting training; and ensuring access to extensive information resources regarding terrorism.
  • Conferences/Training: The center conducts seminars, conferences, and training workshops with business entities, law enforcement agencies (at all levels, including the FBI), the Department of Defense, foreign nations, and other educational institutions. These events include challenges associated with human rights, cyber terrorism and infrastructure assurance, disaster relief, border issues, bioterrorism, information assurance, personnel recovery and training, and force protection issues. The events have been held in the United States and abroad, including in Germany, India, China, England, Mexico, France, Egypt, and Israel.

Law-Related Registered Student Organizations

  • Aggie Bar Association: The Aggie Bar Association is composed of students who completed their undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, as well as other friends of Texas A&M. The association serves as both a professional and social organization. A mentor program pairs students with Aggie members of the local bar.
  • American Constitution Society (ACS): ACS’s nationwide network of student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. Through hundreds of programs each year featuring renowned advocates, scholars, and judges addressing a wide range of legal and policy issues, chapters educate their members about the critical issues facing our country. Working with ACS lawyer chapters and the national office, they also provide students with meaningful opportunities for professional development and mentoring; participation in substantive projects; and membership in both a local community and a national network. Currently, there are over 180 law school chapters.
  • American Association for Justice
  • Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA): APALSA provides an opportunity for St. Mary’s Law students to share experiences and discuss issues with the Asian-Pacific American legal community and visiting Asian scholars. APALSA welcomes all St. Mary’s Law students who are interested in the Asian-Pacific American legal community.
  • Baylor Bar Association: The Baylor Bar Association is composed of students who completed their undergraduate studies at Baylor University, as well as other friends of the Baylor Bears. The association serves as both a professional and social organization.
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA): BLSA of St. Mary’s University School of Law places its primary focus on the matriculation, retention, and graduation of black law students in San Antonio. The organization engages in academic programs and social events that provide critical resources and benefits to students who might otherwise remain marginalized. This activity underlines our overall mission: to increase the number of competent black attorneys practicing within the state of Texas. The association endorses the idea that a larger pool of competent black legal advocates will mitigate the disparate effects the American common law system of justice currently delivers to the black population. BLSA seeks to (1) provide support for its members through scholarships and relationship building; (2) enhance leadership skills; and (3) leverage available resources to increase our impact as legal advocates in addressing issues affecting minority communities. Membership is open to all students, staff, and faculty members who support these goals.
  • Board of Advocates (BOA): BOA organizes and conducts competitions throughout the fall and spring semesters to give students of St. Mary’s University School of Law practical experience in the art of advocacy. BOA consists of 20 law students who are responsible for the organization of in-school advocacy competitions. The types of competitions that BOA sponsors include, but are not limited to, moot court, mock trial, and negotiations. 3Ls and 2Ls may participate as competitors in any of the fall and spring competitions, excluding First Year Moot Court. In addition, any law student may volunteer as a client, witness, or bailiff at the fall and spring competitions. Selection to BOA is made at the end of each spring semester.
  • Business Law Society: The Business Law Society is a law student organization for those who have a desire to work in one of the many fields of business law. The society’s activities include hosting speakers who provide insight into today’s most important business law topics; planning informal events with students, faculty, and practitioners for networking and career guidance; and organizing workshops to help members identify employment opportunities and prepare for interviews.
  • The Carlos Cadena Legal Dining Society
  • Criminal Law Association
  • Defense Counsel of San Antonio Student Chapter
  • Democratic Law Student Association: The Democratic Law Student Association seeks to make known and promote the principles of the Democratic Party, including the values of family, freedom, and fairness. In recognition that the power of our government derives from the individual strengths of our diverse population, DLSA reinforces the principle that any society should be rooted in equal opportunity and ethical representation. By becoming a member of the Democratic Law Student Association, you have the incredible opportunity to meet other like-minded students, connect with local campaigns, and network with local Democratic attorneys.
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA): Raising the Bar to New Heights. As the professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges involved in federal practice, the FBA offers an unmatched array of networking and leadership opportunities. From international law to bankruptcy, we cover it. For over 80 years, we have led the way for legal practitioners in government. If you’re interested in taking charge of your legal career, join us.
  • The Federalist Society: The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students, and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.
  • Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA): HLSA encourages the enrollment of, and provides support to, Hispanic law students. In addition to its social and fund-raising events, the association participates in regional and national conferences. HLSA also hosts an internal moot court competition from which students are selected to represent St. Mary’s in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Moot Court Competition. Membership is open to all students regardless of ethnic background.
  • Immigration Law Association
  • International Law Society
  • Legal Society for Musicians: Legal Society for Musicians is a group that fosters camaraderie amongst those who simply love music. The society sponsors Law-la-palooza, an annual event that raises money for local charities while at the same time putting on a good old-fashioned rock show.
  • Longhorn Bar Association: Established in 1981, the Longhorn Bar Association brings together friends of The University of Texas, including students, professors, and members of the bench and bar. The activities of the group provide support to students, the St. Mary’s University School of Law, and the wider community. Hook ’em!
  • Military Law Association (MLA): The mission of MLA is to promote the interests of the military within the legal community. Our members include students who are veterans, are active duty/reserve, are interested in a career with the Armed Forces, have family in the Armed Forces, or simply want to be a part of a great organization. MLA actively promotes judge advocate careers through internships, professional development of its members, and social events, and hosts veterans clinics that enable students to sit in and assist with a wide range of legal issues concerning our nation’s veterans.
  • Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Legal Society: The Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Legal Society’s mission is to educate law students about oil, gas, and energy resource law issues and to create a forum for law students to network with attorneys and law firms in the field. Membership is open to everyone.
  • OUTlaw/LEGALIS: OUTlaw/LEGALIS promotes awareness and the interests of the LGBT community. OUTlaw regularly brings speakers to campus who are pioneers in legal issues that are unique to the LGBT community (probate, adoption, and immigration law for same-sex partners and couples). All students at St. Mary’s are welcome to join our organization or just stop by a meeting if interested.
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity: With over 300,000 members worldwide, Phi Alpha Delta is the largest professional fraternity in the world. Its goal is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of law with the members of the bench and bar. This international organization offers professional programs, student loans, job preparation and placement assistance, insurance, and other services.
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society: Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal fraternity in the nation, and it seeks to promote the ideals of the legal profession through intellectual development and community service. Membership is based on academic achievement. Students who are in the top 20 percent of their class at the end of any semester are eligible to join.
  • Red Raider Bar Association: The Red Raider Bar Association is composed of students who completed their undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University and the friends of Texas Tech.
  • The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice: The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice seeks to speak on behalf of minorities by reaching out to the larger community to inform them, to share with them, to educate them, and to grow with them. The goal of the journal is to give all minorities a “voice” in the publication of a legal journal on issues affecting all minorities. The journal is a sign of hope for a promising future and for a better understanding of all members of our society.
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society: The Sports and Entertainment Law Society provides a forum for discussion within the areas of sports and entertainment law, and sponsors presentations by guest speakers relating to industry topics and issues.
  • St. Mary’s Law Journal: Over the past three decades, the St. Mary’s Law Journal has achieved a high level of distinction. The journal is a student-led operation that strives to publish articles of significant scholarly merit and practical use. The printed product of the journal’s collective efforts reflects developments in the state of law as well as legal education. Experience gained from participation on the St. Mary’s Law Journal includes extensive training in legal writing, critical analysis, and editing. These valuable skills are thoroughly utilized in the day-to-day operation of a legal publication and are carried on into practice after law school. Among the most frequently cited law reviews in the United States, the journal has produced works cited by numerous state appellate courts, the Texas Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court. The St. Mary’s Law Journal is dedicated to providing valuable and practical contributions to the bench and bar on a wide variety of legal issues, as it has done for more than 40 years. The journal has many distinguished alumni, including judges and senior partners in prominent law firms.
  • St. Thomas More Society: The St. Thomas More Society has a two-fold purpose: to provide for the spiritual well-being of students and to provide a forum for discussion.
  • Student Animal League Defense Fund (SALDF): St. Mary’s University School of Law SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interest of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. SALDF is starting its second year. We plan on having our annual Boo Bash puppet show to educate children about caring for their pets and celebrating “Snicker’s” birthday in honor of all Seeing Eye dogs and assistance dogs. In addition, there will be plenty of events to volunteer for to raise awareness of animal welfare. Animal welfare and animal rights is a new field of law with plenty of openings for interested attorneys.
  • Student Bar Association
  • Student Health and Wellness Association
  • TCU Bar Association
  • The Technology and Intellectual Property (Tech I&P) Association: The purpose of the Tech & IP Association is to promote interest in and knowledge of technology and intellectual property, provide members with networking and skills-building opportunities, and provide a forum to discuss legal issues relating to the field.
  • Texas State University Bar Association
  • Water and Environmental Law Society
  • Women’s Law Association: The Women’s Law Association addresses the concerns of women law students. Seminars, speakers, and fund-raisers are frequently sponsored by the organization. In addition, the association has established a mentor program that pairs its members with local lawyers. Membership in the association is open to both women and men.

Events at St. Mary’s University School of Law

Red Mass

The tradition of Red Mass dates back to 1245 in Europe when both the bench and bar attended the Mass together at the beginning of each judicial session. The name is derived from the scarlet robes worn by judges and red vestments worn by priests in honor of the Holy Spirit. Red Mass is celebrated throughout the country for the purpose of requesting God’s blessings and guidance on the administration of justice.

The tradition was revived in San Antonio 62 years ago by the St. Mary’s University School of Law and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of San Antonio, who organize the annual event with representatives from San Antonio legal organizations, the judiciary, and the State Legislature.

The School of Law is grateful to the Archdiocese of San Antonio to be welcomed each year to the San Fernando Cathedral for this beautiful and solemn event.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Arguments

St. Mary’s University School of Law is proud to host the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for oral arguments.

Constitution Day

Each year, educational institutions across the country honor the signing of the United States Constitution with special programming about the iconic document and its signing on September 17, 1787, as well as the meaning of citizenship today. St. Mary’s University School of Law has developed a program to connect Texas educators with the resources they need to fulfill the federal mandate requiring education on the topic during the week of September 17.

Lone Star Classic

St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Board of Advocates will host the 2016 Lone Star Classic, an annual invitational mock trial tournament open to ABA-accredited law schools nationwide, from October 13–15, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.