Academic Excellence

SMU Dedman School of Law offers a superior academic environment which stimulates intellectual, professional, and personal development inside the classroom and beyond. When you join the Dedman School of Law, you become part of a great community of scholars made up of an exceptional faculty and an outstanding student body. Our faculty members are accomplished scholars as well as dedicated teachers. In addition to their impressive academic credentials, virtually all of them have had practical experience before entering their teaching careers, which provides an invaluable link between classroom theory and the reality of legal practice. Our distinguished visiting professors and adjunct professors enhance the educational experience of our students and the entire law school community.

Dedman offers an exceptionally rich curriculum that is continually expanding to include advanced courses and new courses in emerging areas of law. Although the school is well-known for its strengths in corporate and commercial law, tax law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and international law, the depth and quality of the curriculum extends to many specialized interests including intellectual property, internet law, energy law, and environmental law. The Underwood Law Library, located in the law quad, is a modern and comprehensive research facility and is equipped with state-of-the-art instructional technology.

Legal education at the Dedman School of Law extends beyond the classroom setting and gives students many opportunities to represent actual clients through our legal clinics, edit law journals, and compete in moot court and mock trial competitions.

SMU Dedman School of Law is a vibrant, scholarly community; we invite you to learn more about us.
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