SMU Law School

The Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, is a law school located in Dallas, Texas. Founded in February 1925, the school was renamed Dedman School of Law in February 2001 in honor of its benefactors, the late Robert H. Dedman Sr., his wife Nancy McMillan Dedman, and their family.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.smu.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) lawadmit@smu.edu
Location (Location) Dallas, TX
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1911
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 42
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 161
Median GPA : 3.65
Acceptance Rate : 35%


SMU Law School Admissions

SMU Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 35% of its applicants. Comparatively, Smu is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 2047 696 (34.00%) 218 (10.6%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.30 3.65 3.81
LSAT 157 161 164

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $44,017 $44,017
Part Time $33,013 $33,013
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $20,238
Living off-campus: $20,238
Living at home: $20,238

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 11/01
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 02/15
Application Fee : $75

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SMU Law School Community

SMU Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Smu is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 42
  • Part Time : 48

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 19
  • # Minority Faculty : 10

RATIO

15.5 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

SMU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Southern Methodist University 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Texas and 15% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

SMU Law School: 79
Texas Average: 70
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 745
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 141
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 38
  • Law Journals : 203
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 53

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 0.0%
  • Second Year : 1.5%
  • Third Year : 1.1%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

SMU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Southern Methodist University class of 2013 had an employment rate of 93% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 96.4%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 60.0%
  • Business: 25.0%
  • Government: 8.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Texas: 93%
  • California: 1%
  • Oklahoma: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 96.4%
  • First Time Takers: 274
  • Average School: 87.1%
  • Average State: 86.2%
  • Pass Difference: 0.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Texas : 86.2%
  • Passed : 230 of 264 (87.1%)
  • State Average : 86.2%
  • Difference : 0.9%
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