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SMU Dedman School of Law graduates build careers in every sector of the legal profession—private practice, business, government, judiciary, public service and academia—as well as in non-legal professions where a law degree is substantially valued. The Office of Career Services strives to collect, analyze and report complete and accurate employment and salary information of our graduates. We are proud to present the following employment information for the Classes of 2014, 2013 and 2012 as a testament to our steadfast commitment to not only turning out talented young attorneys, but also to successfully placing that talent within the market. 

The Office of Career Services provides students and recent graduates with one-on-one guidance from attorney-counselors, whose professional experience ranges from working with prominent international and regional law firms to serving a corporation as general counsel. These dedicated attorney-counselors bring numerous law firm, corporate, government and public interest employers to recruit our law students throughout the year, and they facilitate employment in even the most challenging economic times by operating innovative programs such as Partner to Practice, a summer clerkship initiative for second year law students, and Test Drive, an incentive hiring program for third year students and recent graduates.

Employment statistics for the graduating class of 2014 were reported to the American Bar Association on April 7, 2015.  We are excited about the success of our graduates. Become educated and fully-informed about your employment prospects.  Please view the more detailed employment statistics:

Class of 2014 Employment Statistics 

Employment Status                                    Full Time
Long Term
Full Time
Short Term
Part Time
Long Term
Part Time
Short Term
Number
Employed - Bar Passage Required  177 5 1 3 186
Employed - JD Advantage 33 4 0 3 40
Employed - Professional Position 7 0 1 1 9
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 1 1
Employed - Nondeterminable 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         1
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         2
Unemployed - Not Seeking         1
Unemployed - Seeking         14
Employment Status Unknown         0
Total Graduates         254

 

Law School/University Funded Positions Full Time
Long Term
Full Time
Short Term
Part Time
Long Term
Part Time
Short Term
Number
Employed - Bar Passage Required 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - JD Advantage 0 0 0 1 1
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Nondeterminable  0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0 0 0    

 

Employment Type                                       Full Time
Long Term
Full Time 
Short Term
Part Time
Long Term
Part Time 
Short Term
Number
Law Firms          
       Solo 7 0 0 0 7
       2 - 10 50 1 1 5 57
       11 - 25 12 0 0 0 12
       26 - 50 12 0 0 0 12
       51 - 100 5 1 0 0 6
      101 - 250 7 0 0 0 7
      251 - 500 17 0 0 0 17
      501+ 28 0 0 0 28
      Unknown Size 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 53 5 1 1 60
Government 12 1 0 0 13
Public Interest 3 0 0 0 3
Clerkships - Federal 7 1 0 0 8
Clerkships - State & Local 2 0 0 0 2
Clerkships - Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 2 0 0 2 4
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 217 9 2 8 236

 

Employment Location State                                            Number  
State - Largest Employment Texas 216
State - 2nd Largest Employment New York 4
State - 3rd Largest Employment Colorado 2
Employed in Foreign Countries    3  


 See NALP reports for the Class of 2012 and Class of 2013. NALP report for the Class of 2014 is not yet available. 

CAREER SERVICES OFFICE

Office Hours:

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

Telephone:

(214) 768-2797

Fax:

(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

OCS STAFF

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

MARY BETH NIELSEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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

CLAUDIA CARBALLAL-BENAGLIO, INTERNATIONAL LL.M. ADVISOR

 cbenaglio@smu.edu,  (214) 768-1469

Claudia Beltran, Admin. Assistant

 cbeltran@smu.edu,  (214) 768-2797