Studying law at SMU gives students direct, personal access to an award-winning faculty. The SMU Law faculty is recognized throughout the region, nation, and even internationally for its contributions to the law. The faculty features numerous recipients of university-wide teaching and research awards, as well as national and international awards and distinctions.

The faculty includes scholars and innovators in a variety of fields, including constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, intellectual property, national security law, oil and gas law, public interest law, and tax law. These scholars regularly engage the world by appearing before congressional committees, working with state and federal regulatory agencies, arguing before state and federal courts, working with corporate executives and nonprofits, and regularly appearing in the media to translate their research or offer commentary on important stories of the day. Studying law at SMU gives students access to an exceptional faculty engaged in timely and cutting-edge research often informed by years of experience.

A Legacy of Leadership

Jenia Iontcheva Turner
Professor of Law

A Legacy of Leadership

David O. Taylor
Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Assistant Professor of Law
"The Supreme Court’s treatment of patent eligibility has created a moment not unlike 1952, when Congress amended the patent statute to overturn the Supreme Court’s so-called ‘invention’ requirement."

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

George A. Martinez
Professor of Law

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A complete listing of upcoming and past conferences, speakers and
symposia held at SMU Dedman School of Law.


Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015
Faculty Forum
Prof. William M. (Bill) Sage
Univ. of Texas Law
12:00 Noon Godwin Gruber Lawyer's Inn Dining Room
SMU Dedman School of Law
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Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
Faculty Forum
Prof. Anna Spain
Colorado Law
12:00 Noon Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Dining Room
SMU Dedman School of Law
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Friday, Oct 30, 2015
23rd Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium 8:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.

Park Cities Hilton
5954 Luther Lane
Dallas, TX  75225

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Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015
The Texas Lawbook
Lions of the Texas Bar CLE
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. SMU Dedman School of Law Learn More
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015
12th Annual Appellate Judges Education Institute - Washington, DC Washington, D.C. Learn More