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General Information for Employers

Welcome to SMU Dedman School of Law.  We are pleased to introduce to you students who are among the best qualified in the United States and assist you with your recruitment efforts.

The Office of Career Services offers the following services to our employers:

  • On-Campus Recruiting (OCI) and Resume Collections each fall and spring
  • Employer interview scheduling in the Office of Career Services year-round
  • Consulting with employers on recruiting options to meet their hiring needs
  • Posting job opportunities free of charge through our online Symplicity system, which can be accessed exclusively by our students and alumni
  • Password-protected resume books from our students

Please review the list of services available to you and if you have any additional questions, please contact Karen Sargent, Assistant Dean for Career Services at 214-768-3893 or kcsargent@smu.edu.  If you have specific questions relating to our recruiting programs, please contact Mary Beth Nielsen, Assistant Director for Recruiting at 214-768-4049 or mnielsen@smu.edu.

Guidelines and Policies

Law students may only work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Unpaid positions with for-profit companies or law firms will not be posted or advertised to students. Employers are encouraged to be informed about federal and state labor and employment laws.  For additional information please see the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet on Internships.

Dedman School of Law will post unpaid positions for government agencies, the judiciary and non-profit entities.
Employers recruiting at SMU Dedman School of Law agree to abide by the employment standards and guidelines noted in the National Association for Legal Career Professionals Principles of Professional Conduct. 

By posting a job with SMU Dedman School of Law, you agree to comply with the Non-Discrimination Policy set forth in the University’s equal opportunity statement.


Our Students

Student Outreach

Recruiting Options




Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
8:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Counseling sessions are by appointment.


(214) 768-2797


(214) 768-4390

Physical Address:

3300 University Blvd, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:

SMU Dedman School of Law
Office of Career Services
P.O. Box 750112
Dallas, TX 75275-0112


Karen C. Sargent Esq., Assistant Dean

Executive Director of Career Services
 kcsargent@smu.edu,  (214) 768-3893

Linda A. Hale Esq., Director

Mid-Sized and Small Firm Development
Liaison to the Judiciary
 lahale@smu.edu,  (214) 768-2622

Rey Rodriguez Esq., Director

Corporate Development
Mid-Sized and Small Firm Development
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
 reyr@smu.edu,  (214) 768-2850

Beth D. Lee, Associate Director

Evening Program
Government Development
 beth@smu.edu,  (214) 768-4065


Recruiting and Events
 mnielsen@smu.edu,  (214) 768-4049


 cbenaglio@smu.edu,  (214) 768-1469

Claudia Beltran, Admin. Assistant

 cbeltran@smu.edu,  (214) 768-2797