St. Mary's University
School of Law

St. Mary's Law Journal
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228
Phone: (210) 436-3525

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About St. Mary's Law Journal

Top Ranking

The latest Washington & Lee annual survey of law reviews once again ranks the St. Mary's Law Journal among the best in the nation in terms of citations by state and federal courts.
The St. Mary's Law Journal ranked #25 among 972 law reviews published in the United States. The Journal was cited 68 times by American courts during the period covered by the survey (2006-2013). The top 40 most-cited law reviews in the United States include:

1. New York University Law Review
2. Columbia Law Review
3. Harvard Law Review
4. UCLA Law Review
5. Michigan Law Review
6. Stanford Law Review
7. University of Pennsylvania Law Review
8. Northwestern University Law Review
9. Fordham Law Review
10. Virginia Law Review
11. The Yale Law Journal
12. Iowa Law Review
13. Duke Law Journal
14. The American Bankruptcy Law Journal
14. Minnesota Law Review
16. The Georgetown Law Journal
17. American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
18. American University Law Review
19. Texas Law Review
20. Notre Dame Law Review
21. William and Mary Law Review
22. Vanderbilt Law Review
23. Tulane Law Review
24. Arizona Law Review
25. Cardozo Law Review
25. St. Mary's Law Journal
25. The University of Chicago Law Review
28. California Law Review
28. Hastings Law Journal
30. Marquette Law Review
31. Drake Law Review
32. Florida Law Review
33. Missouri Law Review
33. University of Cincinnati Law Review
35. The George Washington Law Review
35. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
37. Houston Law Review
37. University of Illinois Law Review
39. Baylor Law Review
40. Washington and Lee Law Review

The St. Mary's Law Journal was also cited 338 times in scholarly and professional articles during the survey period, placing it among the top 35% of the 972 American publications in that category.

Widely Influential

Over the last ten years, the St. Mary's Law Journal has been cited by the supreme courts of twenty-two states.  Eight of the citations by the state supreme courts have been to comments written by students on the St. Mary's Law Journal. In addition to the numerous citations by state supreme courts, during that same time period the St. Mary's Law Journal was also cited by United States Courts of Appeals on sixteen different occasions. A breakdown of the citations by circuit courts shows that, over the last ten years, the First Circuit cited the St. Mary's Law Journal once, the Second Circuit cited the Journal twice, the Third Circuit cited the Journal two times, the Fourth Circuit cited the Journal in a dissent, the Fifth Circuit cited the Journal six times, the Seventh Circuit cited the Journal twice, and the Ninth Circuit cited the Journal two times. The frequency of citations by federal appellate courts reinforces the Journal's longstanding belief that publishing quality legal scholarship will assist in understanding and administering the law. The St. Mary's Law Journal has also been cited by the United States Supreme Court on three separate occasions. Justice Powell cited the Journal in 1975, Justice Marshall cited the Journal in 1979, and most recently in 2006, the St. Mary's Law Journal was cited by Justice Thomas.


The St. Mary's Law Journal has won the Texas Bar Foundation's Outstanding Article Award on several occasions, including twice recently. In 1999, the Journal also won the best article award from the State Bar Labor and Employment Section.


In August 2002, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court relied upon a student-written work in deciding a case involving police use of a “stun belt.” Chief Justice Ronald George wrote, “The St. Mary's Law Journal comment cited by the Court of Appeal is a lengthy and well-researched article that has been cited in a number of prior judicial decisions.” In April 2003, the Texas Court of Appeals cited Robert J. Kramer's (class of 2003) authoritative review of the Texas Arbitration Act as the basis for deciding legal malpractice issues before the court. In November 2003, the Texas Court of Appeals cited the work of Daniel M. Martinez (class of 2004) in deciding whether insurance companies can provide representation to the insured by using in-house counsel without violating the prohibition against unauthorized practice of law. In June 2006, Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court cited an address by former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist that the St. Mary's Law Journal published in Volume 21. Additionally, in May 2008, a panel in the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit relied on Heather Harrison Volik's article, addressing the classification of the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as a crime of violence, when urging an en banc reversal of circuit precedent.


Among the authors who have published in the St. Mary's Law Journal are the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court; the Honorable Carla Hills, then a member of the Cabinet; Father Robert J. Drinan, S.J., a former member of the House Watergate Committee; Broadus A. Spivey, President of the State Bar of Texas; and numerous Justices of the Texas Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals.