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SMU Dedman Law Students Wishing to Request Reciprocity from Another ABA–Accredited Law School

SMU Dedman School of Law has established reciprocal arrangements with a number of law schools around the country.  In order for our students and graduates to be granted reciprocity, all schools require that SMU Dedman School of Law first send a “letter of reciprocity” requesting services.  Services vary among law schools, but most provide in-office access to their job listings and employment bulletins, the use of their facilities and resource libraries.  A few schools may allow online access to job postings on a one-on-one basis for a short period of time, but the majority of law schools require you to access job postings in person on the computers in their offices.

If you are a SMU law student or graduate, the Office of Career Services will request reciprocity on your behalf to any ABA-accredited law school.
 
  • Before making your request, please go to each school’s website and read their reciprocity policy and guidelines, as each school has its own reciprocity policy. Click here for the links to the reciprocity policies of most NALP member law schools.  http://www.nalp.org/reciprocitypolicies
  • Each school has blackout dates during the recruiting season and do not accept requests during these times.  Take note of the blackout dates listed on the school’s website and plan your visit accordingly.
  • Send an email with your request, of up to three (3) schools to lawcareer@smu.edu.  Include your graduation year or expected graduation date and the approximate dates you expect to be visiting the school. 
  • Note that a number of schools located in major metropolitan areas, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, will honor a request to only one law school in their area. In Texas, the University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law and Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law , will honor a request to only one of these schools in the Houston area.
  • If reciprocity is granted, students/alumni should honor the reciprocity policy of the host school that is outlined in the email received granting reciprocity. It is up to you to contact the school’s office and arrange a time to visit if required. Make sure to ask how the school would like for you to store any job bank information (flash drive, CD, email, etc). Remember to take a copy of your letter and a photo ID with you. 
SMU Dedman School of Law Reciprocity Policy

The Office of Career Services at SMU Dedman School of Law allows services to third year law students and graduates of other ABA-accredited law schools, outside of the DFW area, that grant reciprocal services to SMU Dedman School of Law students and graduates.

To establish reciprocity with the SMU Dedman School of Law, contact the career services office of your law school and ask their office to send your request for reciprocity by email, fax or mail to our office at least two weeks prior to your visit to our campus. Walk-in requests will not be granted. Direct inquiries to the following:
  • Email: lawcareer@smu.edu
  • Fax: 214-768-4390
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
    Office of Career Services
    P.O. Box 750112
    Dallas, TX 75275-0112
Reciprocity is granted for three months, effective from the date of correspondence from our office approving your request. Requests to extend reciprocity will be (treated as new requests/granted at our office’s discretion).  

Reciprocity is not available from August 1st through December 1st and from February 1st to March 1st.

We request you bring a copy of your reciprocity letter and a photo ID when you check-in with our staff upon arrival during our regular business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There is no need to call ahead of your visit.

Services granted include:
  •  Access to current job postings, handouts, career-search related books, directories and computers all of which are available in the Resource Center of the Office of Career Services.
  • Non-SMU law students or graduates may subscribe to our graduate job bulletin, The Mustang, at a rate of $25.00 for six months. Mail a check payable to “SMU Law Career Services” to the address listed above.
Services NOT granted include:
  •  Career counseling, resume review, referrals, job fairs or on-campus interviewing.
We reserve the right to adjust reciprocity requirements if the requesting school has a more restrictive policy.

This policy will be reviewed periodically to keep pace with employment demands of the legal community and, in certain instances, reciprocity may be refused due to lack of mutual interest by our students and alumni. If an imbalance occurs, we may implement a temporary freeze until a balance is achieved.

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 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

OCS STAFF

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

MARY BETH NIELSEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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

CLAUDIA CARBALLAL-BENAGLIO, INTERNATIONAL LL.M. ADVISOR

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

Claudia Beltran, Admin. Assistant

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