The SMU Dedman School of Law offers numerous opportunities for students to engage with organizations and activities to expand their knowledge and skillset related to the intersection of law, science, and innovation.
Board of Advocates
The Board of Advocates (BOA) is an organization of law students committed to learning about the advocacy side of the practice of law. The BOA promotes the practical side of lawyering through on and off campus competitions in a variety of advocacy areas, including those addressing law, science, and innovation. In recent years, these competitions have included the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Patent Law), the Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition (Entertainment Law), the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (Trademark Law), and the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition (Sports Law).
Environmental Law Society
The mission of the Environmental Law Society is to promote environmental awareness throughout the SMU Dedman School of Law and its community, to encourage activism in environmental issues, and to help give students interested in environmental law a means to meet people working in the area of environmental law while learning more about the career options available in the field.
Health Law Association
The objectives of the Health Law Association (HLA) are to raise awareness of health related legal issues; to generate student interest in health law, to facilitate an ongoing dialogue regarding health law and related legal issues; and to embrace the educational opportunities of law students interested in health law. HLA meets these objectives through meetings, speakers, and mentoring.
Intellectual Property Organization
The Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) is one of the most active interest-based organizations at the SMU Dedman School of Law. IPO holds frequent meetings exploring various aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, and patent law. IPO also hosts numerous events to discuss related topics, such as the practical use of intellectual property law by businesses and how to prepare for the patent bar exam. As IPO is often first to hear about job, moot court, and out-of-school networking opportunities specifically designed for students interested in intellectual property law, IPO also serves as a career base for students interested in intellectual property law.
The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court
The SMU Dedman School of Law and its Tsai Center host regular meetings of The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court. The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The Lynn Inn, in particular, is a member of the Linn Inn Alliance, a group of Inns populated by intellectual property law attorneys and focused on intellectual property law. The SMU Dedman School of Law annually nominates outstanding law students interested in intellectual property law to participate in the Lynn Inn as Pupils. Each pupilage group consists of attorneys designed by seniority as Masters, Barristers, Associates, and Pupils. Each pupilage group meets outside of the regular meetings of the Inn and conducts one program for the Inn. Through the regular meetings and the pupilage group meetings, Pupils meet and network with outstanding attorneys in the field of intellectual property law, as well as receive education on professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills related to intellectual property law.
SMU Science and Technology Law Review
The SMU Science and Technology Law Review (STLR) is a student-run journal publishing scholarly work focusing on intellectual property, social media, and other timely legal issues raised by science, technology, and innovation. STLR also holds an annual symposium promoting discussion on important and evolving topics of science, technology, and innovation.
Sports and Entertainment Law Association
The Sports and Entertainment Law Association (SELA) is a student run organization that facilitates various sports and entertainment law-related events for educational and networking purposes. SELA brings in guest lecturers from major sports and entertainment firms in the DFW metroplex to give lunch talks. It collaborates with the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Bar Association to organize workshops and outings. And it brings in speakers from major sports law institutes and ABA accredited law schools. SELA’s primary goal is to assist aspiring sports and entertainment attorneys in making the necessary connections to facilitate a future in sports and entertainment law. Its secondary goal is to educate law students about current trends in the sports and entertainment legal market. Additionally, SELA seeks to provide public service to the community through volunteer activities and donations.