Why SMU Dedman Law? 

Why SMU Dedman Law? 

I chose to attend SMU because of its reputation as a great law school that is situated in a thriving legal market and a great city that is appealing for everyone. 

- Travis Jones Class of 2016

For nearly 100 years, SMU Dedman School of Law has trained women and men to be prominent lawyers in both business and law. This law school offers an exceptional legal education in a city that is both vibrant, and exciting with a strong economy.

Dallas


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. 


Growth
Dallas is the ninth-largest city and the DFW Metroplex make up the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation
Opportunity
Dallas #2 - "Best Cities for Young Attorneys", The National Jurist, 2016;
Texas #1 - "Best State to Make a Living", Forbes, 2015 
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.

A Legacy of Leadership

Maureen N. Armour
Co-Director of the Civil Clinic and Associate Professor of Law

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."

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

Victoria Palacios
Associate Professor of Law
"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

A Legacy of Leadership

Jeffrey Kahn
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).