Career Services

Career Services

SMU Dedman School of Law opened my eyes and challenged my thinking, giving me the ability to analyze complex business issues and form opinions on a high strategic level. 

- Wayne Watts ’80, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T

Our Focus – Your Success
SMU Dedman School of Law Office of Career Services is committed to fostering the professional development of our students to position them for success in law and business. We also work with a wide variety of employers, helping them meet their hiring needs with our students and graduates while providing students access and exposure to a broad range of employment opportunities.

Our staff offers individual counseling and coaching to students to help them achieve their professional goals. We host seminars and speakers who discuss relevant legal topics that educate students about practice specialties and job search techniques, sponsor on and off-campus interview programs and participate in job fairs nationwide. All of which provide numerous opportunities to meet and work with practitioners both on and off campus throughout the school year and summers. 

The Office of Career Services works closely with employers to make the legal hiring process as easy as possible and assists in filling positions at all levels – from summer clerks to lateral hires. By providing numerous forums for employers to interact with our students year-round, we promote our employers and facilitate their recruiting efforts. 
MUSTANG EXCHANGE
Mentor. Make a Difference.

One of the first mentorship programs of its kind,
SMU Dedman School of Law’s Mustang Exchange 
is an innovative “flash” mentorship program that connects
current law students with alumni and friends through multiple,
one-on-one mentoring meetings.

Events

Friday, Sep 4, 2015
Law School Tailgate - SMU vs. Baylor 4:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. The SMU Boulevard (Near Bishop Boulevard and Umphrey Lee Center) Learn More
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, Sep 25, 2015
2015 Law School Reunion Weekend - 0's & 5's 7:00 P.M. - 11:59 P.M. Hickory Street Annex 501 S. 2nd Ave. #200
Dallas, TX
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Saturday, Sep 26, 2015
Law School Homecoming Tailgate - SMU v. James Madison 4:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. The SMU Boulevard (near Bishop Boulevard and Umphrey Lee Center) Learn More
Monday, Sep 28, 2015
SMU Dedman Law Alumni Breakfast at Texas Center for Judiciary Annual Conference 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pearl 2 Room, Sheraton Dallas
400 North Olive Street 
Dallas, Texas, 75201
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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
JD Journal: Dallas Legal Market Stronger Than Ever Several big law firms are moving into bigger and newer offices or re-signing their leases, showing that Dallas is a strong place for law firms to ... Learn More
Dallas Morning News: C. Paul Rogers, III - SMU Law Professor ... Law and baseball - an illogical pair - find a natural lexus in Paul Rogers. The SMU Law Professor of 38 years and former Dean of SMU Dedman ... 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
Deborah Hankinson '83 Named Among the Best Lawyers in America Deborah Hankinson Named Among the Best Lawyers in America  Former Texas Supreme Court Justice recognized for work in mediation, arbitration 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
Kristin Kruse '06 named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston HOUSTON (2015) -- Kristin Kruse '06 named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Learn More
Mark Kelly '81 named to 2015 NACD Directorship 100 HOUSTON (2015) - Mark Kelly named to 2015 NACD Directorship 100 Learn More

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 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
"As the needs of senior citizens and children synchronize, it is useful and efficient for law and policy considerations to coordinate the comparable demands on their caregivers."

A Legacy of Leadership

Mary Spector
Associate Dean for Clinics and Professor of Law, Director of the Consumer Advocacy Project and Co-Director of the Civil Clinic

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).