Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

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SMU Dedman School of Law was established in 1925 and is located on the SMU Campus in Dallas, the state’s second-largest city. Its location and its connection with the Dallas legal community are the school's top draw. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the fourth largest in the U.S. 

“SMU Dedman School of Law is located in the vibrant city of Dallas, one of the best cities in the country for young attorneys," said Dean Jennifer Collins. "Our law students are supported by an outstanding faculty, a large and dedicated alumni network that spans the globe, and comprehensive and innovative programming in the areas of career development, business, technology, criminal law, public interest, and academic success. Plus, Dallas offers an affordable cost of living and law firms salaries are not too far below eastern cities like New York. Dallas is fourth among all U.S. cities in terms of buying power for recent associates, according to a study by the National Association for Law Placement.

SMU excels in employment and on the bar exam, with a 94.61% ultimate Bar passage for 2017 Graduates within two years of graduation. For the Class of 2018, 87.10 percent landed jobs within 10 months of graduation.  

To prepare its graduates, the school focuses on traditional corporate law, tax and real estate law, constitutional, criminal and international law, in addition to offering 11 clinical programs. It also excels in intellectual property and technology law. The law school also houses four academic centers, Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation, Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center, Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women, and Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership. It publishes four journals, including the nation’s only journal on air law and the International Lawyer, the official publication of the international section of the American Bar Association.

SMU has one of the best law school buildings in the region, earning high marks, and part of an even better beautiful, university campus. 

In 2018, the law school received the CLEO EDGE Award based on its outstanding contributions in the field of “Greater Equality” and commitment to education and diversity, and the Texas Access to Justice Law School Comittment to Service Award. 

“Our Inns of Court program enhances the first-year experience, our Mustang Exchange Flash Mentorship program pairs students one-on-one with different mentors and networking opportunities throughout the year, and extensive experiential learning opportunities such as our eleven clinics and three externship programs turn the Dallas-Fort Worth area into a living laboratory for our students,” Collins said. 

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75th Percentile1633.78
25th Percentile1553.39
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$38,323$38,323
Living Expenses
Median grant$24000
Percent receiving grants86.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 92.40%
NJ Employment85.72
Bar Passage83.98%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy