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Houston Interview Program—SMU Dedman School of Law
August 13, 2015—Houston, TX

SMU Dedman School of Law invites your organization to participate in our Houston Interview Program, Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Embassy Suites, Galleria in Houston.

A number of our students are interested in establishing their law practice in Houston following their graduation from law school, and they indicate their commitment to make Houston their home by traveling to Houston to interview. Our goal is to make hiring our students as easy and cost-effective as possible. Since holding the first Houston Interview Program in 2009, Houston law firms and corporations have appreciated the easy of interviewing at a central location in Houston.
The Houston Interview Program allows J.D. students the opportunity to interview for summer or permanent positions. Our students are available to interview with law firms, corporations, judges, public interest organizations, and government entities. We welcome you to interview our well-qualified students in Houston!
Houston Interview Program Overview:

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Embassy Suites, Galleria (2911 Sage Road)
  • There is no fee to register for the Houston Interview Program
  • Interviews will be conducted in hotel suites from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • All employers are invited to an Employer Luncheon at the Embassy Suites during the program

Registration opens: March 2
Registration Closes: July 1

The Office of Career Services uses Symplicity to manage our recruiting programs. This system will allow employers to more easily manage the recruitment process by providing online registration, access to student résumés and application materials, interview selections and interview schedules. We ask interested employers to register through the online Symplicity system by following the steps below.
To Register for Symplicity (New Employers):
      1. Using your Internet browser, go to https://law-smu-csm.symplicity.com/employers/
      2. Click on the Register tab.
      3. Complete the requested employer information.
      4. Click the Submit button.
We will send you an email confirming your registration and containing your personal username and password. You may then return to the employer site, log in, and follow the instructions given below to participate.
To Register for the Houston Interview Program (Registered Symplicity Employers):

  1. Log in at https://law-smu-csm.symplicity.com/employers/
  2. Click OCI on the toolbar. If you cannot click this tab, we will need to add OCI to your list of services. Contact Mary Beth Nielsen at mnielsen@smu.edu to add OCI to your services.
  3. Click on the Schedule Requests tab.
  4. Hit the Request Schedule button.
  5. From the session drop down at the top of the schedule request form, select 2015 Houston Interview Program.
  6. Complete the information that is requested.
  7. Please feel free to make additional schedule notes in the box provided at the bottom of the form.
  8. Click the Submit button. You will receive an email confirmation when your registration is approved.
  9. Mail a firm brochure or résumé to Mary Beth Nielsen at mnielsen@smu.edu by July 1, 2015. Additionally, please email your NALP form, if available, to mnielsen@smu.edu. 

Symplicity Employer Instructions
If you need any assistance, our office will provide you with instructions on using the Symplicity system for on-campus interviews and job posting management. Please contact Mary Beth Nielsen, Assistant Director, at 214.768.4049 or mnielsen@smu.edu.
How to Post a Job
For any position appropriate for law students (year-round, temporary, contract) or lateral positions for law school graduates, you may post a job on our Symplicity job bank and in our alumni job bulletin, The Mustang, at no cost to you. Many graduates from SMU and other law schools review both for lateral openings.
To post a job you may either:

  •  Create a new posting on the Symplicity job bank by logging in and selecting the Jobs tab, then the Add New tab.
  •  Complete our Online Job Posting Form at legaljobs.law.smu.edu. 

We encourage you to visit our website at www.law.smu.edu/Career-Services to learn more about our students and the services we offer to legal employers.
Thank you for your interest in SMU Dedman School of Law. We are happy to help you with any of your legal employment needs.
Karen Sargent, Assistant Dean
Executive Director of Career Services
Mary Beth Nielsen
Assistant Director, Recruiting and Events
Steve Yeager
Director, Small and Mid-Size Firms and Corporations
Linda Hale
Director, Government and Judiciary
Beth Lee
Associate Director, Evening Program

Claudia Beltran
Administrative Assistant


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