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All students must earn a minimum of 87 hours to complete the J.D. degree. Students in the part-time evening program take the same required courses as full-time students. 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.  The curriculum is designed so that evening students can earn a law degree in four years. For degree requirements, see J.D. curriculum requirements. We also offer periodic evening program information sessions.

Year One

Fall

11 hours

Contracts I

2 hrs.

Torts I

3 hrs.

Civil Procedure I

3 hrs.

Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy I

3 hrs.

Spring

10 hours

Contracts II

3 hrs.

Torts II

2 hrs.

Civil Procedure II

2 hrs.

Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy II

3 hrs.

Year Two

Fall

10-11 hours

Property I

2 hrs.

Criminal Law I

3 hrs.

Electives

5-6 hrs.

Spring

10-11 hours

Property II

3 hrs.

Constitutional Law I

2 hrs.

Electives

5-6 hrs.


Years Three and Four

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

 

ADMISSIONS OFFICE

Office Hours:

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

Telephone:

(214) 768-2550

Fax:

(214) 768-2549

Email:

lawadmit@smu.edu

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

ADMISSIONS STAFF

Jill Nikirk

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Mark McWatters

Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Becca Henley

Director of Admissions

Bobbye Heine

Assistant Director for Graduate Legal Programs

Alan Ramirez

Admission Coordinator