Meet Dean Stephen B. Yeager


Stephen B. Yeager

assistant dean for student affairs



Stephen B. Yeager is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at SMU Dedman School of Law.  In this role, he assists law students with personal and academic issues and works closely with the Student Bar Association and over 40 other student groups.  In addition, he presents programs on a number of issues, including law school success, financial education, personal wellness, and academic integrity.

Dean Yeager was instrumental in launching the law school’s Haynes & Boone Inns of Court Program, which provides students with a source of relationships and support. Through the Inns, students connect with fellow classmates, faculty, student leaders, career advisors, and alumni for a community experience that extends throughout their time at the law school and beyond graduation.

He is the creator and Faculty Supervisor of the SMU Dedman Law Corporate Counsel Externship Program, an innovative academic program for third-year law students that combines a corporate counsel course with externships in corporate legal departments.  Now in its sixth year, this program has grown into the premier corporate externship program in the nation.  This past fall, 70 students worked with 70 different companies where they were placed based on their practice area or industry interests.

Outside the law school, Dean Yeager sits on the board of the SMU Faculty Club, where he serves as treasurer as well as serves on the President’s Commission on the Needs of Persons with Disabilities and the SMU Data Governance Committee.

Dean Yeager s the co-author of Inside Counsel – Practices, Strategies and Insights (West 2015), with Marc I. Steinberg, the Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law.  

                Before SMU, Dean Yeager was in private practice for 16 years, first at Jones Day and then as general counsel of a private financial services company.  He received his undergraduate and law degrees at Southern Methodist University.  His wife Amy, also an SMU Dedman Law alum, is Senior Vice President & General Counsel – North Texas for Baylor Scott & White Health.  They have two children - Carson is a sophomore at SMU and Alexandra is a junior at Highland Park High School.


Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law
Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas Texas 75275-0116

Other Contact Information

Phone: 214.768.4178
Office: 130A Storey Hall

Social Media

Instagram: SMULawSchool
Twitter: sbyeager


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