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Eligibility

A student who has successfully completed the traditional first-year curriculum (usually 27-30 hours) at another law school that was at the time of the student's study a member of the Association of American Law Schools or approved by the Section on Legal Education of the American Bar Association may apply for admission with advanced standing. On a limited basis, a student who has successfully completed at least 20 hours in a part-time program at another law school that was at the time of the student's study a member of the Association of American Law Schools or approved by the Section on Legal Education of the American Bar Association may apply for admission with advanced standing. Admission is selective. A student who has been excluded from or who is on probation at another school will not be admitted.

Dates of Admission

An applicant may be admitted in any semester or session. Applications for transfer are reviewed for fall, spring, or summer admission.  Applications will not be considered until all law school grades have been received.

Applications for fall admission must be submitted by July 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by July 15. Applications for spring admission must be submitted by December 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by December 15. Applications for summer admission must be submitted by May 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by May 15.

Application

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

  1. Complete transfer application via LSAC.org
  2. CAS report
  3. Law school transcript with all grades
  4. Dean's letter of good standing including class rank
  5. Two letters of recommendation (law school letters are preferred, but you may use your letters from your original law school application) submitted via CAS
  6. $75 application fee

Advanced Credit

The amount of advanced credit given for work completed in another law school will be determined by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Credit for work completed at another law school transfers as pass/fail credit.

Minimum Hours Requirement

A transfer student may not qualify for a degree from the Dedman School of Law until the student satisfactorily completes at least 58 semester hours at the Dedman School of Law.

Scholarships

Incoming student scholarships are not available for transfer students.

Texas Bar Exam/Declaration of Intent to Study Law

Transfer students from outside the state of Texas are expected to file a Declaration of Intent to Study Law with the Texas Board of Legal Examiners (BLE) by October of the year  in which they transfer if they intend to sit for the Texas Bar Exam upon graduation.  Failure to file in a timely manner will result in increased fees due to the BLE upon filing.  For more information, see the BLE website.

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

Becca Henley

Director of Admissions

Bobbye Heine

Assistant Director for Graduate Legal Programs