SMU is a great school. The curriculum that the school provided me is a cornerstone that laid a firm foundation for my career. The professors that trained me in the classroom prepared me to face the world's challenges. 

- Siriporn Chaiyasuta ’85, General Counsel, Chevron Europe, Eurasia, and Middle East 

We are delighted you are considering SMU Dedman School of Law for your legal education. For nearly 100 years, this law school has trained women and men to be prominent lawyers in both business and law. The law school offers an exceptionally rich curriculum and opportunities for practical experience that extends to many specialized interests. Students enjoy the close-knit learning community and an environment of intellectual engagement and camaraderie.


We pride ourselves on a student body that is as rich and diverse as the
courses it studies – one that brings their unique perspectives to the classroom.
We invite you to learn more about becoming part of the distinguished group of
individuals who have obtained a law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law.
For information, contact the Admissions Office or download our Admissions Brochure.


Dallas has one of the nation's fastest growing economies, and is a true center of global commerce. Throughout the city are amazing restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment and arts districts. With moderate weather, low cost of living, and year-round sports, it is a richly diverse city with true Southern hospitality.

Dallas has one of the nation's fastest growing economies, and is a true center of global commerce. 

Dallas is the ninth-largest city and the DFW Metroplex make up the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation
Dallas #2 - "Best Cities for Young Attorneys", The National Jurist, 2016;
Texas #4 - "Best State to Make a Living", Forbes, 2017 

Your legal education at SMU Dedman Law is an investment in your future.
SMU provides several financial options to help you meet the expenses of
this investment. 

A Legacy of Leadership

Diane M. Sumoski
Director of the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, Director of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children's Rights, and Associate Clinical Professor
"I capitalize on 30+ years of law practice to train student attorneys to represent abused and neglected children. It's exciting to help lawyers develop essential skills and make a difference for our clients and community."

A Legacy of Leadership

Jeffrey Kahn
Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Professor of Law
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." - Justice Brandeis, dissenting in Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 479 (1928).

A Legacy of Leadership

Jessica Dixon Weaver
Associate Professor of Law
“The dilemma that the sandwich generation faces is an economic standoff between support for their children’s future or their parents’ decline. As the caregiving needs of seniors and children synchronize, it is useful to develop theoretical and practical legal solutions that garner public support for the demands that an increasingly larger aging population will have on the private family.”

A Legacy of Leadership

Nathan Cortez
Associate Dean for Research, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, and the Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies
"How does law deal with the novel and unexpected? I spend a lot of my teaching and research time on this question."