St. Mary’s University School of Law

St. Mary’s University School of Law is one of the graduate professional law schools in USA, located in Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas. The Law school is established in 1927, and St. Mary’s University School of Law offers complete studies for legal education. The Law School offer Master of Laws (LL.M) in various subjects with practical experience and for better understanding of US and International Law as well.

Besides the LL.M degree, the St. Mary’s University School of Law also has Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur) degree. Alongside that the law school also offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) combines and separate. The J.D combine degree is providing law curriculum with different elective subjects from MBA, IR, M.P.A. and in Arts and Theology.

Students will study law courses for the first year and then their selected program for the second and third year. While for LL.M degrees there are also different subject and the program completes from one year to 2 years as well.

The LL.M Degrees are offered in American Legal Studies, International and Comparative Law and LL.M in International Criminal Law. Coming to the masters in Jurisprudence, there are many subjects to choose from, while some subjects are online as well. The Tuition fee for St. Mary’s university school of law for full-time costs $36,550 and fee for part-time is $24,300.

St. Mary’s University School of Law Degree Programs

St. Mary’s University School of Law offers these main degree programs. It includes J.D degree program, LL.M Degree Programs and M. Jur degree programs. Besides that the School of Law offers Joint Degree program as well.

Juris Doctor Program

The Doctor of Jurisprudence is 3 years degree program for full time. And 5 to 7 years for part time degree program. The School of law offers Juris Doctor Program with 6 concentrations in law

  • Persons and property
  • Employment and business
  • Public and international law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Research and writing
  • Philosophy of Law

Joint Degree Programs

It is a 4 years degree program, with first year of academic work for a law student pursuing a joint degree consists entirely of law courses. During the second and third year, law and master’s degree courses are taken. Depending on the specific requirements of the master’s degree program, a student ordinarily can earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in three or four years.


Well this joint degree offers a Federal, state and corporate taxation, estate planning, banking and finance. Besides that the degree is designed to teach accounting and corporate management. Students, who wish to serve as counsel to corporations, or specialize in business and commercial law, would benefit from an advanced degree in business.


This degree is specifically meant to teach the subjects like International Relations, issues in International and Public Affairs, Politics in Developing Areas, Politics of World Economic Problems. Other than these subject it gives the in depth knowledge about Comparative Political Systems, United States Foreign Policy, Studies in Latin Inter-American Affairs, and 20th Century Political consideration.


This joint degree offers the study related to disagreement concerning the utilization of natural resources, land use (labor relations, the administration of justice, and civil rights all illustrate the importance of law in the public sector.


The program is especially suited for students who wish to pursue a legal career as a form of ministry. The law schools offers courses related to master’s of Theology program are Foundational Moral Theology Ethics, Ecology and Christian Ethics, Dynamics of Spiritual Life. Other subjects include Marriage and the Family, Theology of Human Sexuality, and Principles of Theological Method.

 Master of Laws LL.M

The St. Mary’s University School of Law offers three LL.M. degree programs. These masters programs are 2 semesters, 24 credit hours degree programs. The Programs includes

  • M. in American Legal Studies
  • M. in International & Comparative Law
  • M. in International Criminal Law

LL.M in American Legal Studies

This program is meant for non-resident US or international lawyers. This degree provides the complete knowledge about the U.S. legal education requirement for the LL.M. graduate to sit for the Texas, California or New York Bar exams. Some jurisdictions require additional components, such as pro bono service, and each candidate is responsible for determining those requirements as set by each state.

LL.M in International and Comparative Law

It is basically a dual postgraduate degree, offers the knowledge about the International and Comparative Law. The comparison between the two fields of law, enable the students to underhand better.  The LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law will improve your marketability to firms engaging in international policy making or who represent clients with international interest.

LL.M. in International Criminal Law

This LL.M. degree is also for those lawyers who choose to practice in the areas of federal law enforcement, military law or who liaise with the 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. International Criminal Law LL.M. Candidates are required to successfully complete 21 out of 24 credit hours from the specific criminal law courses.

Master of Jurisprudence

It is 2 semesters 30 credit hours degree program and it for those who don’t want to pursue career in law. Instead they wanted to have in-depth learning about American legal system.

Jurisprudence Concentrations

  • Business and Entrepreneurship Law – available online
  • Commercial Law – available online
  • Compliance, Business Law and Risk – available online
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Compliance Law – available online
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Military and National Security Law
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Tax Law