Academics

Academics

Law school teaches you a great way to think and identify issues and those are great skills that you use all through your business career. 

- Angela Braly ’85, Chair, President and CEO, Wellpoint, Inc. (2007-2012)

SMU Dedman School of Law has a superior academic environment that stimulates intellectual, professional, and personal development – a community of scholars made up of our exceptional faculty and student body. 

The law school offers a rich curriculum and opportunities for practical experience that extends to many specialized interests, training our students to be prominent lawyers in law and business.  

Our faculty members are accomplished scholars, as well as dedicated teachers, each offering their unique and practical experience to the classroom. Our academic family also includes distinguished visiting professors and adjunct professors that enhance the educational experience of our students.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Legal education at the SMU Dedman Law goes beyond the classroom 
and gives students opportunities to gain real-world experience through 
our legal clinics, academic externships, internship programs, and moot 
court and mock trial competitions.

In The News

From Plano to Pago Pago: SMU Graduates Clerk at Top Courts Great grades, extracurricular accomplishments while in law school, and strong legal research and writing skills are among the most important ... Learn More
Dallas Morning News: Prof. Anthony Colangelo: Yes, the U.S ... As most of the world now knows, a number of high-profile FIFA officers have been indicted in the Eastern District of New York for various ... Learn More
Mike Boone '67 re-elected Chairman of the SMU Board of Trustees DALLAS (SMU) – Civic leader Michael M. Boone, co-founder of the distinguished law firm of Haynes and Boone, has been re-elected chair of ... Learn More
Dallas Morning News: SMU group honors Sarah Saldaña ’84 as ... It was a touching moment for Sarah Saldaña, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as she picked up an award at Southern Methodist ... Learn More
Associate Provost & Prof. of Law Linda Eads joins Women's ... Linda Eads has just been invited by former First Lady Laura Bush to join the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the George W ... Learn More
Dallas Morning News: Marshall Gandy '79 Front Runner for ... As the top brass for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission search for a new director for the agency’s Fort Worth Regional Office ... Learn More
Business Insider ranks SMU Dedman #21 - Best Law Schools in ... There's no denying that the main reason most people go to law school is to get a job. Attending a law school that offers a strong ... Learn More
The Washington Post: Brittany K. Byrd '11 Brittany Byrd '11 and her commitment to those serving in Federal Prison for non-violent drug offenses... Learn More
Princeton Review: #2 SMU - Most Beautiful College Campus The Princeton Review's college rankings issue names SMU #2 in the campus beauty ranking of college campuses in the U.S. SMU's Georgian ... Learn More
Prof. Nathan Cortez named Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow Nathan Cortez is the inaugural Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies in SMU’s Dedman ... Learn More
Julie Forrester assumes the role of SMU Associate Provost Professor of Law, Julie Forrester, moves into the position of Associate Provost for SMU. Learn More
Profs. Turner & Jenks among Tower Center Spring 2015 Fellows ... Tower Center Fellows & Associates had successful academic semester.   Learn More

Events

Friday, Sep 18, 2015
Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation Inaugural Symposium 8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. SMU Dedman School of Law
Hillcrest Classroom (Underwood Law Library)
6550 Hillcrest Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
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Friday, Oct 2, 2015
2015 American Society of Comparative Law Annual Meeting Friday, October 2; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Saturday , October 3; 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SMU Dedman School of Law
Hillcrest Classroom, Underwood Law Library
 
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Thursday, Nov 12, 2015
12th Annual Appellate Judges Education Institute - Washington, DC Washington, D.C. Learn More
OXFORD SUMMER PROGRAM

Study in the oldest college in Oxford! SMU Dedman School
summer program at University College in Oxford offers a unique
learning experience for law students.