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Through its several international institutes, the Dedman School of Law has created a dynamic academic community in which students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the local, national, and international legal and business communities actively participate in a range of programs that focus on particular issues of interest.

The Center for Pacific Rim Legal Studies offers curriculum enrichment and research opportunities for this important region, including visiting international scholars, conferences, campus roundtables, and the collection of Pacific Rim legal treatises and documents.

The Law Institute of the Americas brings together leading U.S., Mexican, Latin American and Canadian scholars to contribute to academic courses, research efforts, conferences and publications including courses and seminars on the challenges of doing business in Mexico and Latin America.

The SMU Institute of International Financial, Commercial and Technology Law sponsors conferences and publications in international banking and finance.

In addition, the law school has developed a special SMU-London Forum Initiative, which is designed to promote developing country scholarship and host special programs on Comparative Islamic Law.