The National Jurist magazine recently named the St. Mary’s University School of Law among the top law schools in the nation for landing graduates in Small Law, which includes firms employing between two and 100 lawyers.

The large percentage of St. Mary’s Law students who landed jobs in smaller law firms reflects the national growth trend in this sector of the legal industry since the recession.

In its Back to School 2015 issue, National Jurist ranked St. Mary’s 14th in the nation on its “Best Schools for Small Law” list, ahead of the University of Houston and Texas Tech University law schools, according to Class of 2014 data.

Ten months after graduation, 43.7 percent of the Class of 2014 landed jobs with small law firms — a statistic that may reflect San Antonio’s close-knit legal community.

“The reason is that the majority of our graduates stay in San Antonio, which excels as a small firm legal market,” said Faye Bracey, the School of Law’s Assistant Dean for Career Services.

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