Professional Training

Professional Training
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 inside and outside the classroom in ways that help them succeed in law school, in the job market, and in their careers.

 

CLINICS

The Program encompasses ten specialized clinics where, under the supervision
of clinic directors, our students serve as advocates on behalf of the community
in many areas of the law. Dedman Law’s clinical education program is central
to our mission of providing outstanding legal education and public service, along
with developing professional responsibility.
EXTERNSHIPS

SMU’s Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain
practical experience by working in legal settings under the supervision of a
mentor-attorney and a member of the law faculty.  

In The News

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FROM PLANO TO PAGO PAGO:
SMU GRADUATES CLERK AT TOP COURTS

This year, eleven top SMU Dedman School of Law graduates are heading to
judicial chambers as near as downtown Dallas and Plano, Texas, and as far
away as American Samoa.

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