Legal education at SMU Dedman School of Law goes beyond the classroom and gives students opportunities to gain real-world experience. Our ten legal clinics put students in a wide range of practice settings in which they represent real clients. Our dozens of pre-approved externships, such as the Corporate Counsel Externship program and the Federal Judicial Clerkship program, allow students to experience the work of non-profits, courts, prosecutors, government agencies, and corporate counsel’s offices. Our simulation courses, such as trial advocacy, contract drafting, real estate practice, small business representation, patent prosecution, and patent litigation, provide opportunities to hone students’ litigation and transactional skills.
In these rigorous and engaging practical courses, Dedman School of Law students learn outside the classroom in ways that help them succeed in law school, in the job market, and in their careers.