St. Mary’s University School of Law will launch the first fully online juris doctor program approved by the American Bar Association in fall 2022.

St. Mary’s University plans to enroll 25 students in the first cohort of the five-year pilot program. The St. Mary’s University program is the first to offer all credit-bearing courses online by design.

“As the only law school serving San Antonio and the southernmost school serving South Texas, St. Mary’s Law has a tradition of excellence in legal education stretching back to its founding in 1927,” said Patricia Roberts, St. Mary’s Law Dean and Charles E. Cantú Distinguished Professor of Law. “This new fully online J.D. program—the one and only of its kind—exemplifies how St. Mary’s Law continues to lead with tradition and innovation.”

The online law degree with take about four years to compete and tuition will be comparable to the school’s existing in-person, part-time program. Students will be able to complete half of the first-year courses on their own schedule and the other in real time online.

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