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Spring 2014 Recruiting and Resume Collection Program
Priority Interview Weeks: February 17th and February 24th

SMU Dedman School of Law is pleased to invite all employers to participate in our Spring 2014 Recruiting and Resume Collection Program. Whether you work with a large or small law firm, government agency, public interest organization, corporation or the judiciary, we welcome the opportunity to assist you with your hiring needs and learn how we can best serve your organization. Employers may recruit first and second year JD students for summer clerkships and internships and third year students for post-graduate positions, as well as full or part-time positions throughout the school year. In addition, employers may recruit Tax or General LL.M. candidates and foreign-trained attorneys, who are earning their LL.M. in International and Comparative Law.

The optimum time to conduct interviews for summer clerkships and internships is in February. For this reason, we have set aside the weeks of February 17th and 24th as Priority Interview Weeks.  You may, however, recruit at any time during the spring semester, January 9th through April 30th.  Students will be available to work from May 12th until classes resume on August 25th.  

Scheduling considerations:
  • To participate in Priority Interview Weeks, please post your position by February 1st. On-campus interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will schedule those students whom you select to interview in the conference rooms in the Office of Career Services anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  If you prefer, you may elect to conduct interviews in your offices.
  • Skype and video-conference capabilities are available for long-distance interviews.
Our most important job is assisting employers with their hiring needs, and we offer three, flexible options to allow employers to post positions for our students and graduates at no cost to the employer: 
  1. Symplicity: Submit your job opportunity through your Symplicity account. The Office of Career Services uses Symplicity to manage our recruiting programs and job postings.  To access Symplicity, go to our website for Symplicity (https://law-smu-csm.symplicity.com/employers/) and enter your user name and password. If you have forgotten your password, please click the "Forgot my password" tab, and one will be e-mailed to you. New employers, if you are not registered through our system, please click on "Registration."
  2. Online Job Posting Form: Describe your particular needs in a posting through our Online Job Posting Form http://www.law.smu.edu/career/jobpostingform.aspx.
  3. Register directly with Beth Lee at beth@smu.edu or (214) 768-4065.
We encourage you to learn more about Dedman School of Law, our students and the services we offer legal employers on our website at www.law.smu.edu/Career-Services.

Thank you very much for providing opportunities for students and graduates of SMU Dedman School of Law.

Karen Sargent, Assistant Dean, Executive Director of Career Services
Steve Yeager, Director of Small Firm and Corporate Development
Linda Hale, Director of Government and Judicial Internship Development
Beth Lee, Associate Director
Mary Beth Nielsen, Assistant Director

**Ranked #1 among Texas law school placement for the Class of 2012 for permanent,
full-time jobs requiring bar passage and professional jobs where a JD is an advantage.**
The Dallas Morning News: "Hiring Up for Texas Law Grads"

**Ranked 20th in the nation for 2012 graduates employed in long-term,
full-time jobs requiring bar passage.**
National Law Journal (NLJ): "Where the Jobs Are Top 20"

**Ranked #22 in Above the Law's top 50 law schools
 chosen using a methodology focusing primarily on employment data,
large firm placement, federal clerkship placement, and tuition/cost.**
Above the Law: "Top 50 Law Schools"

**Ranked #27 in the nation among law schools that sent the highest percentage of their Class of 2012
 into long-term, full-time jobs at law firms of 100 or more lawyers.**
National Law Journal (NLJ): "Go-To Law Schools"


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 Boulevard, 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, Ph: (214) 768-3893

Steve Yeager Esq., Director

Small Firm and Corporate Development
syeager@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-2850

Linda A. Hale Esq., Director

Government Development and Liaison to the Judiciary
lahale@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-2622

Beth D. Lee, Associate Director

Evening Program
beth@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-4065


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


cbenaglio@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-1469

Claudia Beltran, Admin. Assistant

cbeltran@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-2797