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All students must earn a minimum of 87 hours to complete the J.D. degree.   One of the many advantages of earning an SMU J.D. is that students have a broad range of upper-level elective courses that give them the flexibility to tailor an individual course of study.   Many of these classes are small – over one-half of upper-level courses have fewer than 25 students enrolled. For degree requirements, see J.D. curriculum requirements.

Year One


16 hours

Contracts I

2 hrs.

Torts I

3 hrs.

Civil Procedure I

3 hrs.

Property I

2 hrs.

Criminal Law

3 hrs.

Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy I

3 hrs.


15 hours

Contracts II

3 hrs.

Torts II

2 hrs.

Civil Procedure II

2 hrs.

Property II

2 hrs.

Constitutional Law I

2 hrs.

Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy II

3 hrs.

Years Two and Three

Upper Division Required Courses:

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Edited Writing Seminar
  • General Writing Course
  • Professional Skills Course

Areas of Upper Division Electives Include:

  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business/Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment/Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Internet and E-Commerce Law
  • International Law
  • Litigation/Trial Advocacy
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law



Office Hours:

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours available by appointment.


(214) 768-2550


(214) 768-2549



Physical Address:

3300 University Boulevard, Suite 331
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:

SMU Dedman School of Law
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 750110
Dallas, TX 75275-0110


Jill Nikirk

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Becca Henley

Director of Admissions

Gina Skipworth

Admissions Coordinator

Robin Webb

Admissions Specialist


Martin Camp ‘79

Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs

Bobbye Heine

Assistant Director for Graduate Legal Programs